Blast from the past, the 1961 Fleadh Cheoil in Swinford, with Sean Kneafsey, Jim Ryder and Kevin McHugh from Foxford. Photo courtesy of Bord Fáilte

Music of Mayo – a special celebration

A SPECIAL concert celebrating the Music of Mayo, with a host of musicians and singers, takes place in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on Wednesday, January 31.

Music of Mayo marks the realisation of an exciting residency project at the Linenhall undertaken by musician and composer Emer Mayock.

The project explores the rich traditional music heritage of County Mayo, with the aim of drawing together a collection of music and song associated with and composed by musicians and singers from Mayo.

Performers for this very special evening concert include Gráinne Hambly, Mayo Abbey (harp), Marie and Tim McHugh, Newport (fiddle and flute), Joe Carey, Gaoth Sáile (accordion), Tom Doherty, Foxford (accordion), John Hoban, Castlebar (voice, mandocello, fiddle), Emer Mayock, Castlebar (flute), Paddy Joe Tighe (accordion and voice), John McEvilly, Ballintubber (fiddle), John McHugh, Foxford (fiddle), Julie Langan, Newport (fiddle), plus guests and younger musicians.

A CD created during the residency, which traces the rich traditional music heritage of Mayo and gives prominence to a wealth of musicians of all ages from across the region, will be launched on the night.

Come along and enjoy the fruits of this musical celebration!

Music of Mayo takes place on Wednesday, January 31, at 8 p.m. Booking is advised on (094) 9023733 or online at

The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this performance possible. Music of Mayo is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-government five-year initiative, 2017-2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further info from /