Classes are back!

Following a three year break, our music classes start back this Saturday, 14th January, in Anahorish Primary school.

Whistle class 10.30am

Fiddle class 11.15am

We still have availability for Whistle and fiddle for beginners and intermediate level.

Registration from 10.15am

Price for the 10 week term is £45 for the first child and £35 for the second child or second class. (Adults are also welcome)

Price also includes Comhaltas membership.

Other classes can be facilitated if demand is there.

If you require any more information please feel free to contact us.

Ulster Fleadh 2022

Congratulations to all our members who participated at the Ulster Fleadh in Dromore this weekend, especially those competitors who were among the prizewinners. Roise McCloy (15-18 flute) and Caitriona Lagan (15-18 miscellaneous) are Ulster champions for 2022 while Caitriona also qualified for the All-Ireland fleadh as runner-up in the Newly Composed Tune competition. She also achieved third place in the mandolin and Roise was placed third in three competitions – Newly Composed Tune, whistle and piano.

Well done, also, to our former class members and supporters, Aodhan and Oisin Black, who also qualified for the All-Ireland fleadh representing the Glens of Antrim branch. Oisin won the U-12 concertina, Aodhan was second in the U-12 banjo, and as a duet they finished in second place.

Good luck to all the qualifiers from Derry and Ulster as they head to Mullingar for the All-Ireland fleadh in a couple of weeks.

Derry Fleadh 2022

County Derry Fleadh 2022 will take place from the 27th-29th of May in The Loup. All competitions will be held on Saturday the 28th of May in St Patrick’s Primary School, The Loup. Fleadh entries are now open, with the deadline for all entries the 30th of April. Any Newbridge CCE branch members wishing to compete should send their entries in via email (, a message on our Facebook page ( or by contacting any committee member.

Fleadh competition rules are available at…/rialacha_fleadhanna_ceoil…

AGM 2021

Our AGM will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, 26th October, at 8:00pm.

Although our activities have been curtailed over the past 18 months, we’re starting to make plans for the upcoming year, so anyone interested in the development of the branch is invited to take part. As a voluntary organisation with limited resources we need skill sets and time from many different individuals and we welcome everyone to come along and join us in building and promoting our branch.

Anyone wishing to attend should PM your mobile number and/or an email address to this page or to Seamus on 07960 956 959.

AGM 2020

We will hold our AGM on Wednesday 21st October at 7.30pm. Current executive guidelines do not allow us to meet in person so we will use the online Zoom portal for the meeting. The meeting will be open to everyone – if you wish to be a part of it please send your mobile number and/or an email address to Seamus on 07960 956 959.

Covid-19 Update

At this time of year we would normally be preparing to resume our activities following the summer break. However, due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the large amount of planning and implementation of mitigation measures required to run classes safely, our committee has regretfully decided that classes are to be postponed indefinitely. This decision hasn’t been taken lightly as our classes are the most important function we carry out as a group, but the safety of our members, pupils, tutors and volunteers is paramount.
It is also anticipated, at this time, that our monthly sessions will not be able to resume, as scheduled, in October. We do, however, hope to carry on with the virtual sessions we initiated earlier in the summer in an effort to increase the repertoire of our non-beginner pupils and would ask our parents to encourage all the children to continue practising in the knowledge that we’ll eventually be able to get back to face to face classes.
The above decisions will be constantly reviewed, with reference to Government and Comhaltas advice/regulations as the situation evolves.
We know this news will be disappointing for many but ask for understanding and patience in these unusual times. We’re also available and happy to help with any queries our members might have – just send a PM/email/text at any time and we’ll get back to you.

More Virtual Session Videos

Our slow session and junior session groups have been learning a couple of slides recently. We’ve just completed compiling and editing the recordings and they’re now available on our YouTube channel and we’ve embedded them below. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Virtual Session Videos

Our end of year virtual sessions were a tremendous success, with around 50 different musicians of all ages and abilities taking part across the three sessions. Videos of the performances are available below.

May 2020 Virtual Session

Our final sessions of the season would have been held in The Elk on Thursday, 7th May. They won’t, obviously, be going ahead now due to the restrictions in place, but we were hoping to post a set of tunes from each of our sessions on the night by asking everyone who might have been attending to record a video of themselves, submit it to us and we’ll try to piece everybody together and synchronise the audio.

Sheet music and an audio backing track to play along with can be downloaded from our Downloads page where you’ll also find a link for uploading your video. Each of the audio files has a short introduction to set the tempo and give you an idea when to start playing. Simply listen to the audio on one device using earphones and play along while recording on a second device. It might take a bit of practice to get used to but should be fun. Feel free to play at all three sessions and, if you’re a multi-instrumentalist, record as many videos as you wish!

Coronavirus Statement

Due to the measures announced by the Irish Government on 12th March regarding the coronavirus crisis, Comhaltas at national level have issued a directive aimed at protecting the welfare of its members, supporters and the wider community. It applies to all branches, north and south of the border, and necessitates the suspension of our Saturday morning classes for the immediate future. We have also had to cancel the Big Trad Breakfast that was due to take place on St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll keep you informed as soon as possible regarding the resumption of classes and whether our monthly session in April will take place. Apologies for any inconvenience.