July 8th 2024

Festival Evening Concerts

Concerts in the 1000-year old Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle | 8 pm, 28 & 30 July, 2024

Martin Tourish, Siobhán Armstrong, and Doimnic Mac Goille Bhríde: Masters of Irish Music, Sunday 28 July, 8 pm

Allan MacDonald, Toby Carr, Róisín O'Grady, and Tamzin Elliott: Give Me Your Hand: Music of the 1600s for a Gaelic Castle, Tuesday 30 July, 8 pm

SUNDAY 28th JULY, 8:00 pm 


  • Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, voice
  • Siobhán Armstrong, early Irish harp
  • Martin Tourish, accordion

A one-off gathering of three of Ireland’s leading performers of evocative, soulful Irish music. Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, the prize-winning sean-nós [‘old style’] singer, will perform with Siobhán Armstrong, Ireland’s foremost performer on the ancient Irish, brass-wire-strung harp. Musician and composer, Martin Tourish, [Young Musician of the Year, 2008], makes a rare Kilkenny appearance also, in an evening of solo singing and harpers’ songs from the ancient Irish harping tradition, together with lively instrumental music. Presented in the 1000-year-old Parade Tower of Kilkenny Castle.




TUESDAY 30th JULY, 8:00 pm 


  • Allan MacDonald, voice and small pipes 
  • Tamzin Elliott, early Irish harp
  • Róisín O'Grady, soprano
  • Toby Carr, Renaissance lute 

Described as ‘the single most important living source of Gaelic musical culture’, acclaimed Scottish piper, and singer, Allan MacDonald, makes a rare Kilkenny appearance this July. He will be joined by historical harpist, Tamzin Elliott – in their Irish debut – playing the ravishing, ancient Irish harp, with its rare brass-wire strings. Also performing at this one-off Kilkenny date is rising British star of the Renaissance lute, Toby Carr, and historical-music soprano, Róisín O’Grady, in a programme of intimate music from Scotland, Ireland, England and France in the evocative surroundings of the 1000-year-old Parade Tower at Kilkenny Castle.



Tickets:  https://festival.irishharp.org/tickets

Full price: €18

Student / Unwaged: €12 — save €6 on a full-price concert ticket

Festival concert bundle: Enjoy both festival evening concerts for €28 — save €4 on each full-price concert ticket


Concert venue:

The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle
The Parade, Kilkenny R95 YRK1

Concerts take place live in Kilkenny. Concert videos will also be available to ticket holders after the festival, until 29 December, 2024. N.B. Concerts will not be live-streamed online. 


Scoil na Cláirseach-Festival of Early Irish Harp is kindly funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon [The Arts Council], Kilkenny County Council, and Harp Ireland. Our student rental harp collection has been funded by The Music Capital Scheme, supported by The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, managed by Music Network.