Ceili House 2019

A couple of our younger members had the privilege of taking part in RTE Radio’s Ceili House programme recently. The recording took place on 23rd March in St. Brigid’s School in Derry and was aired on Saturday, 27th April. Caitriona Lagan was asked to play in the ‘House Band’, while Caoimhe O’Kane was invited to perform a set of tunes with some of her friends

The event was organised by the CCÉ Baile na gCailleach branch who are hosting this year’s Fleadh Cheoil Dhoire 2019. Our thanks to them for the opportunity to be involved in a great night’s entertainment – the programme in full can be heard at https://www.rte.ie/radio1/ceili-house/#103100020

End of Term Session

Music classes have now finished until the autumn. Our final class of this term was held on Saturday, 13th April, and took the form of a short session where all our classes came together to play for their families and friends.
Our thanks to the staff at Anahorish Primary School for facilitating our classes, to all the tutors for their hard work, the parents for their encouragement and support, and the pupils (young and not so young), for their hard work. The progress they’re all making was very evident at yesterday’s class so we hope to see them all back in September. Good luck to all those competing during the summer at various feis and fleadh competitions and to those attending summer schools and workshops throughout the country.
We have one more session before the summer break – on Thursday, 2nd May in The Elk. It would be good to see as many as possible from our classes attend the junior session at 7:30pm to finish off the year. More pictures from the session are available in the Gallery section of the website.

Derry Fleadh 2019

The County Derry Fleadh 2019 will be hosted by CCÉ Baile na gCailleach in Derry City from the 23rd -27th of May. 
All competitions will be in St Brigid’s College, Glengalliagh Road, Derry BT48 8DU. Solo, Duet/ Trio and Comhra competitions will take place on Saturday the 25th, with group and dancing competitions being held on Sunday the 26th.

Newbridge CCE members wishing to compete should fill out the form below and return it to any committee member, either at Saturday classes or at our monthly session next Thursday, 4th April, Closing date for receipt of the forms is Friday 12th April. No fees are payable by our members to take part in any competition but an entrance fee to the competition venue will be payable on the day.

For clarification, refer to the competition rules at https://comhaltas.ie/images/press_room/rialacha_fleadhanna_ceoil_2017_english.pdf or contact us by email or Facebook message.

Please contact the County Derry Fleadh Facebook page or countyderryfleadh@gmail.com for further details on the extensive programme of events at the fleadh.


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March 2019 News

Thanks to everyone who supported and contributed to our St. Patrick’s Weekend events this year. Our Big Trad Breakfast was hugely successful again so thanks to everyone who came along, especially the many musicians who kept the music going throughout the morning, those who donated prizes for the raffle and the staff at The Elk. Raffle prizewinners were as follows:

Table Lamp & Clock – Damian Nugent
Waterford Crystal Glasses – Carmel Alexander
Belleek Salad Bowl – Paddy Crozier
Belleek Cups – Shea Loughran
2 Bottles of Wine – Dominic McClements
Tesco Voucher – Siobhan Breen
Large Easter Egg – Caoimhe O’Kane
Perfume & 2 Pictures – Mick McElkenny
The Elk Meal Voucher – Paddy Conway

We also had a large turnout of over 20 musicians for the St. Patrick’s Day Vigil Mass in Newbridge the previous evening. Thanks to everyone who played so beautifully.

Our next event will be the penultimate sessions of the season on Thursday, 4th April.

Ballymena Festival 2019

Over twenty of our young musicians made the annual trip to Ballymena Festival on Saturday, 16th February, and had a very successful day. Our young traditional group (captured above during a practice and minus a couple of members) played exceptionally well and were awarded 2nd place while we also had a large number of prizewinners in solo competitions. Congratulations to everyone who took part – a full list of our prizewinners is given below. Pictures of some of our solo prizewinners can be viewed at the bottom of this report or on our Gallery page.

Traditional Group, Primary School age
2nd: Newbridge CCÉ

Traditional Singing, Primary School age
2nd: Éabha Walls

Tin Whistle, Primary 1-4
1st: Cora McPeake
2nd: Katherine Kealey
Highly Commended: Darcy Donnelly

Tin Whistle Primary 5-7
1st: Valentino Lupari
2nd: Peadar O’Neill

Miscellaneous Instruments, Primary School age
1st: Annie Diamond (piano)
2nd: Ava McPeake (concertina)
2nd: Siobhan Magee (concertina)

Harp,Primary School age
3rd: Katherine Kealey
3rd: Annie Diamond

Solo Flute, 14 years and under
1st: Roise McCloy

Tin Whistle, Post Primary and under 14 years
1st: Roise McCloy

Miscellaneous instruments, Post Primary and under 14 years
1st: Roise McCloy (piano) 
2nd: Brídín Níg Ráine (concertina)

Banjo/Mandolin, Post Primary age
1st: Caitríona Lagan

Miscellaneous Instruments, 14 years to Adult
2nd: Brian Magee

Slow Air – Any instrument, Post Primary and under 14 years.
2nd: Roise McCloy

Roise McCloy also received the Roisin McCloskey Award, presented to the most outstanding tin whistle player at the festival.

February 2019 Update

What a wonderful evening had by all at Newbridge CCÉ’s February session held in The Elk on 7th February. A night filled with traditional music and song to celebrate the legacy of Henry McGlone. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to putting the nights festivities together.

Our next monthly sessions will be on 7th March at the usual times. We’ve uploaded a couple of jigs to add to the set list for the slow session – Lisnagun Jig and Boys of the Town. The sheet music and audio files can be downloaded from our Downloads page




Slow Session Tunes for February

A couple of slides have been added to the set list for the adult slow session and will be played at our next session on 7th February. You can access sheet music and slow audio formats from our Downloads page.

Thanks to everybody who came out to our January sessions to play, sing, dance and remember one of our founder members, Jimmy Bradley. Three great sessions to start the new year.

January 2019 Update

Our first monthly sessions of 2019 take place on Thursday, 3rd January, in the Creagh Suite at The Elk. Junior session is at 7:15pm, the slow session for adults from 8:15pm and the senior session starts around 9:30pm. Admission is £3 and a light supper will be served – everybody welcome.
Also, our classes resume on Saturday, 5th January, in Anahorish Primary School. Times will be the same as last term and we’ll be open for registration from 10:15am. Fees for the 12 week term remain the same as well – £40 per class and £30 for additional classes or family members. There are still spaces available in most classes – enquiries welcome via our Contact Us page.

End of Year 2018

We concluded our activities for 2018 on Saturday with a couple of performances. Firstly, we had our annual Christmas concert where all our classes played with their tutors for friends and family at Anahorish Primary School. Then, after a quick lunch, a group of about 25 of our musicians entertained the senior citizens of the parish at their Christmas dinner in the Newbridge GAC hall. Thanks to everyone who came out in such large numbers to support both events.
Classes resume again on Saturday, 5th January, and our first session of the new year will be held in The Elk on Thursday, 3rd January.
More pictures are available at our Gallery page


Music for Youth Proms 2018

A couple of our junior members had the amazing experience of performing in the Royal Albert Hall on 6th November as members of the St. Mary’s Grammar School traditional group at the Music for Youth Proms. Caoimhe O’Kane, Roise McCloy and the rest of Cumann Ceoil Naomh Mhuire performed brilliantly and received a great reception from the packed hall. Many friends and family members travelled to London and enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining show comprising a wide variety of musical talent.

Our thanks to Miss Una Donnelly and the staff at St. Mary’s for providing this fantastic opportunity for the youngsters and for their organisation and preparation of the children for the trip. A short clip of the end of their set is available here.

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