Irish Traditional Music

Performances and Masterclasses

Masterclasses and Events

DIT Conservatory presents regular Irish traditional music seminars, workshops, recitals and ensemble concerts in venues such as Rathmines Public Library,  the Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street and the National Concert Hall.  Recent highlights include:

  • • Carmina Burana/Scéalta na Samhna, National Concert Hall
  • • The Legend of Monica Bonnie, National Concert Hall
  • • DIT Ensembles All Together Now, National Concert Hall
  • • Lá Ceoil, National Music Day, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
  • • Tours of Louvain, Belgium and Savannah, Georgia, USA 

DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble

DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble, directed by Odhrán Ó Casaide, comprises full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students of Irish traditional music at the Conservatory.  The ensemble, which combines both instrumental and vocal music, was originally modelled on the pioneering work of Seán O Riada and Ceoltóirí Cualainn. Since its inauguration, the ensemble has forged its own unique sound and style drawing on the rich musical environment which surrounds it. The ensemble is fortunate in that it features some of the finest young musical talent in Ireland today.  This talent is nurtured and developed in an innovative and challenging way, resulting in musical performances and recordings which are at the forefront of the musical tradition today. 

Recent highlights include performances on RTÉ Radio 1’s Céilí House and at the National Concert Hall, as well as tours of Louvain, Belgium and Savannah, Georgia, USA.  The ensemble has also recorded two successful albums, Simple Philosophers and Flow my Tears, in collaboration with the DIT Early Music Ensemble. 

Watch a recording of Kieran Hanrahan and the Banjo Heads (BMus Students: Niall Preston, Gavin Strappe, Ted Kelly and Michael Kerr) perform in DIT Rathmines Theatre here.  

Watch a recording of BMus graduate Luke Deaton perform in a Lunchtime Recital in DIT Rathmines Theatre here.