Concert and workshops featuring all Ireland champs Jerry O’Sullivan and Damien Connolly Oct 27th at The Buffalo Irish Center

Buffalo Comhaltas Presents All-Ireland Champs Jerry O’Sullivan on uilleann pipes and flutes along with Damien Connolly on button accordion and fiddle in concert at 8PM Oct. 27, 2018 at The Buffalo Irish Center 245 Abbott Rd.
We are also offering traditional Irish music workshops at 4PM. Instrument workshops are on pipes, flutes, button accordion and fiddle also at the Buffalo Irish Center. 
Workshop fees are $20 each (free for CCE members), concert tickets are

$15 CCE members;

$20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. Tickets available at The Buffalo Irish Center or call 203 257 8737 for info.
About the Artists:
Jerry O’Sullivan has been widely hailed as America’s premier uilleann piper. His reputation for technical and melodic mastery of the instrument, an Irish bagpipe known for its subtlety and expression, is unsurpassed in the United States, and is demanding considerable attention overseas. Jerry is also widely recorded on the tin whistle, the low whistle, the Highland Pipes and the Scottish smallpipes. Jerry has toured extensively in the United States and Europe and has even played as far afield as Japan and Israel. He has been a featured performer and instructor in numerous Folk Festivals, Jerry O’Sullivan is a gifted ambassador of the Irish uilleann pipes, maintaining the historic traditions and melodies of the instrument while expanding its range into new genres of music and media. His mastery of the instrument, traditional knowledge, versatility, and dedication to education truly make him America’s premier uilleann piper.
Damien Connolly hails from Co. Clare, Ireland. He began learning the accordion when he was 11 years old, taught by his father Martin, renowned manufacturer of the Kincora Accordion. He competed in the Fleadhanna (Irish Music Competitions) throughout his teenage years, taking first place both locally and regionally. At age 16, he took up the fiddle, under the tutelage of his step-mother Maureen Glynn of Brooklyn NY. In 1997, Damien took first place in both the Under-18 All Ireland accordion and melodeon competition held in Ballina, Co. Mayo. In 2003 Damien moved to the US where he is highly sought after as a music teacher and performer. He has taught and performed at the Catskills Irish Arts Festival, the Swannanoah Gathering and the Augusta Irish Festival, to name but a few..


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Concert and Workshops this Weekend by Eileen Gannon and Eimear Arkins

Their FIRST time ever appearance in Buffalo! En route to the Catskills Irish Arts Week, Eileen Gannon on harp and Eimear Arkins on fiddle and song will perform a beautiful blend of haunting harp melodies, sean nos songs and toe tappers.

Performance on July 7th at 8PM at the Buffalo Irish Center – Tickets are only $15 ($12 for CCE members) $5 for children under 16.

Click here for samples of their work…EileenEimear

For workshops with either artist, please call 716-536-0490 no later than Thursday July 5! They are free for members, $10 for all others.

Eileen Gannon and Eimear Arkins have been lighting up the Irish music scene in St. Louis for the past several years. Eileen, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (World Irish Music Championships). She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick. This past summer, Eileen launched her debut solo CD, The Glory Days Are Over.

Eimear is an award-winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare with eleven solo Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann titles to her credit. She has performed throughout the US and Ireland with acclaimed bands like Cherish The Ladies, Téada, The Paul Brock Band, Brú Ború and The Nashville Celts. She has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada. Her debut album, What’s Next, will be released early summer 2018.

Eileen and Eimear are both tutors at St Louis Irish Arts and have been guest artists at numerous festivals throughout the world including Catskills Irish Arts Week, New York; World Expo 2015, Milan; Viljandi Pärimusmuusika Festival, Estonia; St Louis Tionól; Canadian Celtic Celebration, Canada; O’Flaherty Retreat, Texas and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France

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Ceili Saturday, April 28th – BIC

Buffalo Comhaltas is sponsoring a Céilí (KAY-lee), an Irish social gathering, on Saturday, April 28 at 8PM. 

The event will be held at the Buffalo Irish Centre, 245 Abbott Rd. Buffalo, NY 14220, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm (immediately following the Buffalo Centers’ Dark Ales Tasting ). 

There will be live traditional Irish music for dancers and those who just want to enjoy the show!

Costs are only $12 for dancers ($10 for CCE members) and $5 for those who come just for the listening or those who attend the tasting.

The Irish Centre’s kitchen and bar will be open.

Buffalo Comhaltas is a membership based, Irish cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and proliferation of traditional Irish music, song, dance and language, keeping it alive and lively in Western New York!

Ceili/Set Dance Classes 7:45pm – 10pm every Tues at the Buffalo Irish Center and Irish language classes are offered on Wednesday evenings. 

Enjoy traditional Irish music every Saturday at Nietzsche’s in Allentown at 4:30pm

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John Whelan & Dylan Foley In Concert April 26


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Patrick O’Dea Workshop and Ceili May 7

Patrick O’Dea Workshop

7 May 2016
Unitarian Universalist Church
695 Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry
(enter through the Garden Entrance (handicap accessible) that is set back from the sidewalk at West Ferry and Elmwood Avenue, inside our lawn and garden area)
$20/$15 CCE members/$10 student

Ceili to follow
7 May 2016
Marriott Buffalo Harborcenter
95 Main Street (at the First Niagara Arena/Canalside)
Larkin Room
$10/ $8 CCE members/$5 student

Combined Adult (workshop and ceili) $25.00/ $20 CCE
Combined Student fee (under 18) $12.00


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An Evening of Traditional Irish Music with Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan

search-2Saturday, April 30, 2016 • 8pm

Del Denby’s Tavern • Buffalo, NY
Tickets are available pre-sale at Del Denby’s for $20

Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan, hot off playing at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, will be performing at Del Denby’s Pub in Buffalo NY, Saturday April 30 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Del Denby’s is located at 1553 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY, 14216. Phone Number (716) 837-5360.

The Martin Wynne Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will be glad to know Brian will highlight Martin Wynne’s music and legacy along with other fan favorites.  John Daly the proprietor of Del Denby’s and sponsor of the concert is a great Nephew of Martin Wynne. This is the first of what he hopes will be many Irish Music Concerts. We hope so too!


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Ceili Feb 27th @ the BIC

Ceili Feb 27The Martin Wynne Branch will be dancing this month! There will be a ceili on Saturday Feb. 27 at the Buffalo Irish Center at 8 pm. All are welcome. Admission $10, members $8, students with ID $5, and those who just wish to come for the music (tappers and clappers) also $5.

Finger foods to share at our tea break are appreciated. We will have more items than usual in our raffle so wear your lucky shirt and bring your good luck charms. Also, there will be another opportunity to enter the drawing for the Joe Brown Catskill Scholarship. Attendance at a Comhaltas sponsored event is required to be eligible for the scholarship.

Lively music provided by Resistance is Futile and these are the dances:

Derry Columcille, North Kerry, Clare Lancers, Waltz, Moycullen, Plain Set, Connemara Reel

Hope to see you all there – what better way to get in some of that exercise from your New Year’s resolutions!

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Ceili November 14th

Nov 14 2015 ceiliJoin us this Saturday, November 14th for a rollicking ceili at the Buffalo Irish Center at 245 Abbot Road, Buffalo, NY 14220 from 8-11:00pm. 

The pub is open and refreshments served at intermission.

Cost is $10.00, CCE members $8.00, students, tappers and clappers $5.00

The Innisfree Dance Group holds Irish Set Dance lessons every Tuesday from 7:45 to 10:00 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center. First lesson is free of charge, $1.00/lesson thereafter. 

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Irish Poetry Night @ Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe

We are invading the Fourth Friday Poetry Series!  Join us at Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe for Irish Poetry Night on Friday, September 25th at 7pm.  Come and listen and learn as we proudly feature Kevin Conroy and Margaret McGrath reading the words of the Irish bards as they were written.  All are welcome to read a poem by their favorite Irish author or in Gaelic.  Cost is $4.00.  Cafe is open until 8pm.

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It’s Ceili Time! September 26th **Location Change!

1919045_355377659519_241568_nThe Céilí on Saturday, September 26, 2015 will be a traditional house céilí held at 54 Midway Avenue, Buffalo NY 14215 from 8:00pm to 10:30pm.

Free admission! BYOB and finger food and be ready for great music and fun!  Enter a chance to win the Joe Brown Memorial Catskills Scholarship.

Live traditional Irish music provided by local band “Resistance is Futile”.  Come dance, beginners welcome!

The Innisfree Dance Group holds Irish Set Dance and Ceili lessons every Tuesday from 7:45 to 10:00 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center. First lesson is free of charge, $1.00/lesson thereafter. 

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