Making Tracks (2014)

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The Dartry Céilí Band

1. Rainy Day, Boys of Ballisodare, Five Mile Chase (Reels) 2:55
2. Don’t touch that Green Linnet, John McKenna’s Jig, Up Leitrim (Jigs) 3:22
3. Up & Away, Kiss behind the Door (Polkas) 2:46
4. Bright Blue Rose (Song) 3:40
5. Up against the Buachaláns, The Gatehouse Maid, The Four Courts 2:54
6. Mouse in the Cupboard, Arigna Jig, Swans among the Rushes (Jigs) 3:08
7. The Millennium March 2:10
8. Tom Steele, Eel in the Sink, Sheehan’s (Reels) 3:11
9. Pathway to the Well, Killavil No. 2, The Mill Pond 3:06
10. Bluebell Polka, Batt Henry’s (Barndances) 3:20
11. Aughacashel, Corner House, Hand me down the Tackle (Reels) 3:27
12. Delaney’s Donkey (Song) 3:21
13. Hot Ashphalt, Walsh’s (Hornpipes) 2:44
14. Wishing Well, Burning Brakes (Jigs) 3:07
15. Lady Anne Montgomery, Maid in the Cherry Tree, Boys of Portaferry (Reels) 3:10

The Dartry Céilí Band from Sligo has recently completed the recording of their second album “Making Tracks” which is due for general release this summer.

The band was originally formed in 2007 and they won the All Ireland Senior Céilí Band competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Tullamore in 2009.

In 2010 they recorded their first album “The Kilavil Post” which received excellent reviews not only in Ireland but also in the UK and in the United States. It strongly reflected their Sligo roots and included a variety of trad selections including songs from their extremely talented singers Cian Kearins and Noelle Carroll.

The Dartry has appeared on many broadcasts in recent years including RTE’s LATE LATE SHOW with Ryan Tubridy, (including becoming the first performers ever outside the house band to play the LATE LATE theme music), TV3’s Morning Ireland, TG4’s Geantraí Christmas Night Special performing with such legends as Paul Brady, Matt Molloy, Liam O’Flynn, Arty McGlynn and others. They have also had a full Céilí House programme on RTE Radio 1 dedicated to their music. Last summer they were invited by The President Michael D. Higgins to perform for him and his family at Áras an Uachtaráin where they performed with the acclaimed Eleanor Shanley and I Draw Slow. As well as playing concerts and céilís in Ireland & the UK The Dartry were also invited to travel to perform in the United States in 2012 where they received a terrific response.

This year the Dartry have been very busy playing to their biggest audience yet when they provided the music for the St. Patrick’s weekend Céilí Mór in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin where they played to a crowd of 10,000 revellers. They have also been working extremely hard in the latter part of 2013 and early 2014 to prepare the material and arrangements for the new album “Making Tracks” due for release this summer.

The Killavil Post

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The Dartry Céilí Band

1. Down the Broom, Cregg’s Pipes (Reels) 2:35
2. Joe Derrane’s, Leslie’s March (Jigs) 2:45
3. The Rebel’s March 2:25
4. Far away in Australia (Song) 3:01
5. Maids of Castlebar, Roscommon, Martin Wynne’s 3 (Reels) 3:39
6. Ray’s Classic, Dark Girl Dressed in Blue, Killavil Post (Polkas) 4:08
7. Kitty’s Rambles, Gillian’s Apples (Jigs) 2:45
8. Pride of Erin (March) 2:23
9. Reel of Bogey, Sligo Duke (Reels) 2:59
10. McGivney’s Fancy, Wonder Hornpipe (Hornpipes) 3:32
11. The Piper (Song) 3:36
12. Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s (Barndance) 2:46
13. Darby the Driver, Strike the Gay Harp (Jigs) 2:42
14. Tarbolton, Longford Collector, Sailor’s Bonnet (Reels) 3:36


The Dartry Céilí Band formed in 2007 and hail from Co. Sligo. They have become in a very short time, a top ranking band, having won the All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band competition in 2009. Dedication, motivation and individually strong players has seen to this, coupled with that North Connacht, joyous fiery style (I'm biased!). The counties of Monaghan, Mayo and Roscommon are also represented in the lineup. Listening to them play, it's obvious they are very disciplined, whilst still retaining the character of the music. A band well worth the attention of anyone interested in traditional music and dance. Céilí bands have been an integral part of the traditional music scene over the years and long may it continue. “Stay with it!”

Matt Molloy

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Dartry Ceili Band "The Killavil Post" reviewed by Alex Monaghan in "The Living Tradition", November 2010

(Label: Own Label; 2010; 14 tracks; 42 min)

This album has the sound and the feel of a good session, as well as being perfect for dancing. The Dartry Ceili Band won highest honours in 2009, taking the All-Ireland trophy back to Sligo - a rare event indeed. This young band is formed around a tight nucleus of players, nine melody instruments you couldn't separate with a bucket of cold water, plus very tasteful drums and piano which provide just the right support without intruding. Flutes, fiddles and free reeds include some familiar faces - Philip Dufy, Declan Folan, June McCormack, Mossie Martin and Michael Rooney have all recorded before. This breadth of experience provides a very varied fourteen tracks: two songs, a spot of lilting, and a dozen selections including marches, polkas, barndances and hornpipes as well as the obligatory jigs and reels. As you might expect, the music of Michael Coleman and Paddy Killoran is not lacking.

Down the Broom and Cregg's Pipes start us off, the band leaning nicely into the long notes. Next Joe Derrane's Jig jogs neatly into Lesley's March, the first of several Scottish tunes here. Michael Rooney's composition The Rebel's March lends a show-band sparkle to proceedings, and this continues through the song Far Away In Australia as fluter Noelle Carroll unpurses her lips to recall Dolores Keane's rendition with De Danann. The band fairly flies through The Maids of Castlebar to reach the title track, polkas ending in one of my favourites. A couple of classic jigs, another march, and we come to a pair of delightful and rarely-heard reels: The Reel of Bogey and The Sligo Duke, Coleman and Killoran being the source of the first and Willie Clancy of the second. The Dartry Ceili Band puts a satisfying bounce into two well-known hornpipes before The Piper, a song which used to be Kevin Burke's party piece and is delivered rather better here by singer and lilter Cian Kearins. Pearl's Barndance is another highlight, rather quicker than I remember her playing it. Another set of classic jigs leads to the big finish: Tarbolton Lodge, The Longford Collector and The Sailor's Bonnet: a great Coleman selection. With excellent notes too, dance band CDs don't come much better than The Killavil Post.