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Ceol Galore Press Release

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Kildare County Council


Riverbank Arts Centre

warmly invite you and yours to the launch

Ceol Galore

a recording of traditional music by local musicians



The Ceol Galore cd will be available for sale on the launch night

From here to there  ……

From as local as Kildare, and as close to home as Carlow, and as far a field as Grand Villers, France, the Ceol Galore traditional musicians have performed on festival stages, in Fleadhs and in sitting rooms, overlooking the tropical island at Glengariff, the mountains in Bavaria and the Curragh of Kildare. 

The Ceol Galore musicians hail from the Kildare area.  Like many traditional musicians, they met through seisuins in local venues. 

In 2005, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, invited Ceol Galore to host a monthly traditional music series called ‘Rambling House’.  The Ceol Galore bands recording project was initiated and funded by Kildare County Council to acknowledge their support of the Rambling House programme. 

This initiative provided an opportunity for local musicians to strengthen and develop their practice, through interaction with and mentoring from a professional musician, Frankie Lane, and to provide a unique recording opportunity in Co Kildare.  The resulting cd, entitled ‘Ceol Galore’ will be launched in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, on Friday 17th November 2006, 8pm

Frankie Lane is an established solo musician and composer.  He is the original front-man for the legendary Fleadh Cowboys.  He has recorded with the Chieftains and The Dubliners on their most recent albums.  In 2005, Frankie and Paul Kelly toured extensively with ex- De Danann singer Eleanor Shanley in Ireland as well as Holland and Denmark. Frankie is a renowned producer and director of some of Ireland's leading music artists and has most recently recorded albums, both playing arranging and engineering, for Áine Uí Cheallaigh (the original sean nós singer of Riverdance), Paul O' Shaughnessy (ex ALTAN), Rosena Horan, Alan Kelly, Helen Lane and Sonny Condell. 

According to Frankie, the Ceol Galore project ‘was one the most challenging but rewarding projects that I have been involved in’. 


The Ceol Galore musicians are

Barry Keatley  (vocals, bodhran, jews harp)
Martin Conroy  (vocals, guitar, mandolin)
Roddy Geoghagan  (vocals, 12 string guitar, banjo)
Millie Gill  (accordian)
Joanne Lanigan  (tin whistle, piano accordian, organ)
Thomas Murphy  (fiddle, djembe)


For further information about the Ceol Galore project contact

Kildare County Council Arts Service
Tel:  045-448318/ 448328, E mail: