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Irish Music House Concert

Posted by irishartsindy on October 29, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (1)

House Concert. Friday, November 16th, 2018

Two of the most acclaimed young musicians in Irish music, today, Finn Magill and Dave Curley will perform a house concert in Indianapolis.

Dave Curley is one of Ireland’s leading multi-instrumentalists, vocalists and a champion step dancer. Hailing from Co. Galway on the west coast of Ireland, Curley has brought his wealth of talents to the largest of stages in North America and Western Europe. He has performed at the prestigious Ryman auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, recorded with Grammy award winners Ron Block, Jeff Taylor and Buddy Greene and toured with Grammy award winners Moya Brennan of Clannad and Ross Holmes of Mumford and Sons. Multi-instrumentalist, All-Ireland fiddle finalist and recording artist

Andrew "Finn" Magill has carved out a name for himself in Irish, American and Brazilian music, collaborating with everyone from Rising Appalachia to John Doyle. He has toured five continents and self-released four albums in everything from traditional Irish music to African fusion. Curley & Magill bring together a wealth of genres and instruments into this exciting new musical collaboration of Irish tunes and songs.

Dave Curley & Finn Magill bring together a wealth of genres and instruments into this exciting new musical collaboration of Irish, American and World tunes and songs.

Tix: $20, pay at the door

Concert is in the Lockerbie Square Neighborhood

To reserve seats and receive directions, email,

OR to purchase tix now, go to menu at the top of the page: ABOUT THE SCHOOL  >  FEES AND TICKETS

Eileen Gannon & Brenda Castles

Posted by irishartsindy on May 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

House Concert

Eileen Gannon (harp) and Brenda Castles (concertina)

Wednesday July 18th, 7:30pm

Suggested Donation, $20 Students, $10

Lockerbie Square Historic District

Reservations/directions, email: or 317-965-3827

More about the artists:



Eileen Gannon has been lighting up the St. Louis music scene for many years. A St. Louis native, she is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (World Irish Music Championships). She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick. Eileen has toured and performed all over the world and is a regular tutor at international festivals like the Catskills Irish Arts Week, and Scoil Eigse. Eileen also represented Ireland at World Expos in 2010 in Shanghai, China and in 2015, in Milan, Italy. She also holds the TTCT teaching certificate awarded by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirreann.

Brenda Castles comes from a rich background of traditional Irish music in Co. Meath. Growing up, there was plenty of music and dancing in her house - her father Noel plays banjo and her mother Lily was known to participate in the odd set dance. Brenda has several All-Ireland Fleadh titles to her name both in solo and group competitions. She has just returned from a series of concerts in New York and is currently based in Dublin city centre where she regularly performs and teaches music.

House Concert with The Outside Track

Posted by irishartsindy on August 9, 2017 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Outside Track

is a band that fuses Scots, Irish and Cape Breton Songs, Tunes, and Step dance.

House Concert,

Thursday September 28th, 7:00pm.

The Music Room

Butler University Neighborhood.

Tix: $20.00

When you reserve your seats, you'll receive the address and directions to the concert.

Reserve your seats by contacting


Purchase your reservations here! 

More about The Outside Track

Tony DeMarco House Concert

Posted by irishartsindy on March 22, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Friday, April 7th.

7:30 pm.


Adults: $20

Students: $15

Age 12 and under: free


Email to reserve seats and receive directions.


Tony DeMarco: Irish fiddler. If that sounds slightly off, you have only to listen to the music on any of his recordings to be cured of any preconceptions about the importance of ethnic purity in traditional music. There may have been a time when Irish music in New York City was played exclusively by Irish immigrants and their offspring, while their Italian neighbors strummed mandolins and sang opera. But the Big Apple really is a melting pot. By the 1950s, this kind of ethnic mixing was fairly normal in Tony’s native Brooklyn, where the Italians and Irish lived side by side and attended the same parish churches.


More typical young Irish traditional musicians in New York in the 1970s had at least one parent born in Ireland.. They would have joined a branch of the international Irish traditional music organization Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and competed each year at the regional fleadh cheoil at Manhattan College in the Bronx.


According to Tony, “I came through the hippie scene, the folkie scene.” He tells the story of how he took up the fiddle and discovered Irish music in his own contribution to these notes, but it is worth repeating here that his first exposure to Irish traditional music was through a Folkways recording of the County Sligo fiddler Michael Gorman. Tony had many other musical influences before this, and would have many more afterward, but for him the appeal of the Sligo fiddle style would never fade.


-Don Meade, 2007


Come join us for, what's sure to be, an enjoyable evening of music, stories and merriment, with the dynamic, Tony DeMarco!

House Concert, Friday, March 18th

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2015 Spring Session

Posted by irishartsindy on January 29, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Would you like to learn traditional Irish music, language, song or dance?


The Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis, a non-profit organization, will hold its spring session beginning March 7th, 2015; Open to all ages! No experience necessary!


The Irish Arts Academy of Indianapolis is developing all generations of traditional Irish musicians, dancers and linguists. This organization provides Irish culture and arts to the Indianapolis community and the Hoosier State through education and performance.


Come join us and learn from some of Indiana's finest traditional musicians, dancers and linguists!


Registration opens February 9th!


Less than 5 weeks until the fiddle competition!

Posted by irishartsindy on May 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Less than 5 weeks until our inaugural fiddle competition!

Thanks go out to our sponsors: the Indy Irish Fest, 9 Irish Brothers Traditional Irish Pub, Claddagh Irish Pubs, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Fiddle Competition Information!

Posted by irishartsindy on April 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Information for our annual fiddle competition is now available on our

Fiddle Competition Page!

Monthly Open Session

Posted by irishartsindy on April 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This month's open session will be on Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 - 5:00 at Triton Brewing Company! All Irish traditional instrumentalists, singers, and levels of experience are welcome!

Triton is located at: 5764 Wheeler Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46216

We hope you'll join us!