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Free Events

Where possible, we will offer free events to enable a wide range of audiences to access our programme, and get involved. Below is a range of ongoing events to keep an eye out for, and are great ways to see exciting work at your glór!

Fun Trad Sessions with Eoin O’Neill & Bríd O’Gorman

Award winning musician Eoin O’Neill will be joined by Bríd O’Donoghue and special guests from the Clare music scene for these fun trad sessions. Sessions are free of charge and non-ticketed.

Eoin has lived in Clare for the past 30 years and has been an integral part of the traditional music landscape in the county. In 2015 Eoin was the winner of the MÓRglór award for Outstanding  Contribution to Traditional Music in County Clare and he is famous for his informal music sessions and classes in many venues throughout the county.

Bríd O’Gorman is a traditional flute player from Clare. Her debut album, entitled Bluebells are Blooming, contains 12 tracks of traditional Irish flute music accompanied by Eoin O’Neill on bouzouki.

The whole family can take part so bring along your instruments and tune up! The next Fun Trad Sessions will take place on Thurs 17th March from 12-2pm with further sessions on Saturday 9th April; 14th May and for Cruinniú na nÓg on 11th June from 2-4pm.


A new project first piloted in autumn 2018, glór invites a traditional artist we really admire, to take part and to nominate an artist from another performance genre to collaborate with for a week at glór and generate innovative work through a new partnership. The objective in Soundings, as well as supporting artists to spend time developing new work, is to create new collaborations and new influences in traditional music and dance practise. Fiddler Tola Custy and sound artist Natalia Baylis are the first pairing to participate in Soundings in November 2018. Further Soundings events are planned for 2020.


PlatForms is a glór initiative to support artists in creating new work – whilst providing insight for audiences into the development process. The event will be audience focussed and ‘scratch’ in style, with a selection of artists across art-forms sharing brief excerpts from their work-in-progress, with opportunities for audience responses and feedback.

Rithimí Nua

We are delighted to welcome back a beloved glór initiative this spring as we revive the Rithimí Nua concert series in collaboration with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Immerse yourself in this exciting collection of complimentary lunchtime concerts that showcase the exceptional talent of this year’s undergraduate and post-graduate students. Curated by Róisín Ní Ghallóglaigh, Course Director for the BA in Irish Music, these performances will joyfully celebrate the creativity and innovation of students in
traditional music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Please see Whats On for details of spring 2024 dates.