An tEarrach Thiar


Gentle lapping of oars
As a currach full of fish
Comes towards the shore
On a calm and golden sea
At eventide
In the Western Spring

Gigs coming up

Feb 3-10 Caribbean – Joanie Madden’s Folk ‘n’ Irish Cruise – all sorts of carry on!
Feb 17 CA, La Jolla – Passport to Worlds of Music Series – with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
Feb 19 CA, San Diego – SDSU’s World Music Series – with the Gallowglass Collective
Feb 24 MN, St. Paul – Éigse CIM – Máirtín as MC
Mar 4-5 TX, Dallas NTIF – Gailfean – Máirtín also calling the céilí
Mar 16 TX, Horseshoe Bay – House Concert – with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
Mar 17 TX, Austin – St. Patrick’s Day Festival – with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
Mar 23 MS, Pass Christian – House Concert – with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
Mar 24 MS, Jackson – CelticFest Mississippi – with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
May 12-21 Bus Tour of Ireland – SOLD OUT
May 14 IRE, Mayo, Westport Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar – Máirtín and Don Penzien
May 19 NL, Belfast Sunflower Public House – Máirtín and Don Penzien
July 8-14 NC, Swannanoa – Celtic Week
Aug 19-26 Alaska – Joanie Madden’s Alaskan Adventure – all sorts of carry on!
Oct 19 – 21 TX, Midlothian – O’Flaherty Retreat – teaching set dancing
More or less info on all dates click here

Máirtín teaching weekly classes in San Diego

It’s real folks, I will be TEACHING in San Diego Thursday nights
Comhaltas Barry Cogan has set the ball rolling for classes to begin in San Diego in many Irish instruments. I will teaching Bodhrán & Ballad singing. Classes start for all levels on Feb 15th in Claremont and you can enroll on the night. You don’t need anything only the will to learn.
If you want more info or express interest email
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has branches all over the world and is very proud to welcome San Diego’s “Comhaltas Barry Cogan” branch to its community!
Comhaltas Barry Cogan is excited to share Irish culture with San Diego families by offering lessons in traditional Irish music, song, sean-nós dance, storytelling, and language. We have a excellent instructors including Máirtín de Cógáin, Pete Polansky, Judy Carlstrom, and Michael Prine Jr, offering beginning lessons for all ages in:
•       Bodhrán (Irish drum)
•       Fiddle
•       Concertina
•       Irish Songs & Ballads
•       Sean nós (“old style”) dance
•       MORE to come as our branch grows!

​ If you would like classes that are not currently being offered please reach out to us as we have teachers standing by.​

Classes are 30-minutes long and will run in 10-week sessions. Our first session begins February 15th, and will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm.
For more information, please find us online at:
Facebook:  @comhaltas.sandiego
Twitter:  @comhaltasSD

I’m working on songs for the bus tour

Here is a link to a YouTube channel I have set up with songs related to the bus tour of Ireland this May. We are going to Athlone, Roscommon, Mayo, Westport, Achill, Silgo, Donegal, Belfast, Meath, Malahide among other places, like. It’s a work in progress so check back often to see what’s new and if you have any suggestions please send me on a link to a youtube video to add to it. Click here to check it out.

From Cork with Love – the Limited edition reissue!

Just off the presses in time for the Joanie Madden Folk ‘n’ Irish Cruise we have issued a limited edition of the From Cork with Love CD & DVD in one beautiful package ‘The Double Take’. Check it out now and order your copy today by clicking here


I did a really cool gig with SDCOE

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The San Diego County Office of Education Visual and Performing Arts Dept. They are putting together an online professional development module to help teachers up and down all of California (and to be made available to the entire planet!) using world music to help teach empathy in the classroom. Would you believe it, a great friend of mine, Jonathan Parker, who is Schools Programs Director with the Center for World Music put me right in the middle of it! I am pretty stoked (I live in California now) about it. Here is a photo of me with a group of 3rd graders near Poway, California filming our part of the project.

That’s all I can think of for now. I hope you are well and staying warm! Talk to you again soon.

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