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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The World's Largest Collection of Free Online Traditional Irish Music Performances

The world's largest collection of traditional Irish music video recordings is available online from TG4, a public service television channel which broadcasts in Irish and is available free across Ireland. 

Click here to see the entire playlist.

Among the traditional musicians featured are fiddler Junior Crehan, tin whistle player Mary Bergin and fiddler/flutist Frankie Gavin.

TG4 also presents the annual Gradam Ceoil Awards to the world's top traditional Irish musicians. In 2020, Irish fiddler Seamus Connolly received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.  Connolly's important Collection of Irish Music is housed at Boston College's John J. Burns Library.

Locally, you can learn more about traditional Irish music by visiting Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann's Boston chapter, which holds regular sessions and performances, and offers educational classes.

For year-round access to New England's Irish community, visit

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