Fleadh Nua 2023 Programme

The Fleadh Down In Ennis

CD Launches

CD Launch Changes

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the Fleadh Nua 2022 CD Launch programme has been revised as follows:

Friday 3rd June

5.30pm Briste will launch their CD, Sidetracked

6.30pm Aisling Lyons will launch her CD, Aistear

7.30pm 3 on the Bund will launch their CD, Frenzy


Saturday 4th June

1.30pm Hugh Healy will launch his CD, Ceolaire

3.00pm Eoin O’Neill will launch his CD, In Session 2
Eoin will be joined by a number of his guests on the CD, and musicians are invited to join in this special ‘Session Launch’

All launches will take place in the Back Room of Lucas’ Bar, Parnell Street, Ennis. 

Regrettably, the launch of the CD, ‘However Long the Day’, by Brian Hughes and Dave Sheridan has been cancelled.

This year we are delighted to host the launches of five great albums, all of which will take place in the convivial surroundings of the Back Room at Lucas’ Bar on Parnell Street from Friday June 3rd to Saturday June 4th. Each album reflects the professionalism, love and time taken to produce a work of great musical art.

Briste Sidetracked
Fri 3rd June 5.30pm

Alison Crossey, Emma Robinson and Joanna Boyle formed the group ‘Briste’ at the end of 2015 and since then these Ulster ladies have have travelled all over the world bringing their new fresh and exciting sound to many festivals and venues across the globe. They have also been involved in TV programmes such as BBC’s ‘Trad Ar Fad’ and TG4’s ‘Oíche na mBan’, playing alongside artists such as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Ríoghnach Connolly, Country singer Lisa McHugh, Pop singer Una Healy and the fantastic John McSherry Band and many more. ‘Briste’ are delighted to be launching their debut album Sidetracked at Fleadh Nua 2022.

Fleadh Nua CD Launch - Sidetracked


Aisling Lyons Aistear
Fri 3rd June 6.30pm

From near Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, Aisling is an accomplished musician, steeped in traditional music. Aistear is a collection of traditional tunes she grew up playing, some of her own compositions and tunes of other composers she admires. Her beautiful composition, ‘Tune for Dad’ played on the harp, was written for her father, the well known singer and musician John Lyons, shortly before he passed away in 2019.  Featuring Aisling playing harp and concertina, together with a number of special guests, this is a must have album.

Fleadh Nua CD Launch - Aistear


3 on the Bund Frenzy
Fri 3rd June 7.30pm

‘3 on the Bund’ is an exciting band that came together in March of 2019 after meeting in the University of Limerick’s prestigious Irish World Academy. Their complex, layered arrangements consist of both traditional and newly composed tunes which are played with an energy and a passion that is completely authentic.The band’s 4 members are from varied musical backgrounds, which contribute to their diverse sound; Aisling Lyons who plays harp and concertina is from County Clare, Rebecca McCarthy-Kent on fiddle and piano is from Tramore in County Waterford, Seán Kelliher on guitar and banjo comes from County Kerry and finally, Simon Pfisterer who is originally from Bavaria, Germany, is the uilleann piper of the group. As individuals, all are award-winning and accomplished performers. As a group, they have already travelled to Beijing, Shanghai, the UK and the United States. They have just returned from their first tour of Germany after releasing their debut album Frenzy.

Fleadh Nua CD Launch - Frenzy


Hugh Healy Ceolaire
Sat 4th June 1.30pm

Hugh Healy is a concertina player from Corofin Co. Clare. Hugh’s highly anticipated debut solo album, Ceolaire, consists of 12 carefully crafted tracks ranging from modern interpretations of airs to intricate reels, with a tightly arranged mix of jigs and hornpipes throughout. Hugh’s skilful musicianship is paired with the well-executed accompaniment of Michael McCague on guitar and bouzouki, Padraig O’Reilly on piano and John Maloney on bodhrán. Harpist Cathy Potter features on the soul-stirring air Mischief Anneal, and a host of Hugh’s friends and family feature on one powerful group track.Ceolaire is a lovely, well-crafted and thoroughly pleasing album. Concertina players will love it, but because Healy is a musician whose music has the inviting smell of turf to it, it’s a collection that’s perfect for anyone who loves traditional music in general. Make an effort to check this one out – you won’t be disappointed!

“For traditional music lovers this album is a must.” – Tony Linnane

“Make an effort to check this one out- you won’t be disappointed” – The Irish Echo


Eoin O’Neill & Friends In Session 2
Sat 4th June 3.00pm

Fleadh Nua is delighted to host the launch of broadcaster, singer, musician and song writer Eoin O’Neill’s latest CD. For this album he is joined by Sky Kelsey, Riona Hely, Paul Mullane, Yvonne Casey, Dermot Byrne, Bríd O’Gorman and Aoibheann and Pamela Queally. In his own words, “You only get one chance at a first take” and most unusually, every track on the album was recorded in one take! Eoin again – “So here it is… raw and honest and I get to accompany great musicians and great people.”

Fleadh Nua CD Launch - In Session 2



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