Friday 23 December 2011

It's almost Xmas Eve, last minute shopping and season's greetings...

It's almost Christmas Eve and as regulars will know Charlie Byrne's will close at 3pm on Christmas Eve and reopen on January 5th 2012. We would like to wish all our customers a very merry holiday and a lovely and peaceful new year for 2012.

If you have last minute shopping to do, we have some great gift ideas for you. For small presents and stockingfillers, why not check out our novelty range with everything from pencils to ties to cufflinks to mugs with lots in between.

For the musician in your life we have everything from Ukuleles to Banjos to Violins and Cellos with Bodhrans and Mandolins and Guitars and more. Accessories, Bows, Covers and Cases are also great options and if you are really stuck buy a gift voucher!

Or stop in and say Hi! and pick up a free calendar for 2012, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukka, Merry Midwinter and Happy New Year to one and All.

Thursday 8 December 2011

Pallini Violins 4/4 New Model normally €225 Xmas Special €200!

Pallini Violins - exciting new model (limited stock only) with Wittner Easy-tune pegs, Tonica Strings, fully fitted by hand with Oblong Case - just in!
Normally €225 these outfits are €200 until Christmas; a very special offer. Available in full size only these are the ideal beginners outfit for any adult. They have special pegs that are easier to tune, and are fitted with Tonica Strings from Pirastro. Finished by hand in our own workrooms, they are available from now til December 25th at €200.

Also available - Hofner Student Outfit at €350! Violin bow and case, hofner german instruments are both excellent instruments and very affordable!

Tuesday 6 December 2011

NEW CD "Where Corals Lie" Edel O'Brien, Moya O'Grady, David O'Doherty, Catherina Lemoni, Geraldine O'Doherty

A brilliant new CD "Where Corals Lie" with Mezzo-Soprano Edel O'Brien, Cellist Moya O'Grady, Violinist David O'Doherty, Pianist Catherina Lemoni and Harpist Geraldine O'Doherty.

We are delighted to stock this excellent CD (now playing in the shop!!) and at only €15 it's really the perfect gift for any musician this xmas - a wonderful collection of music from Handel, Bach, Mozart, Elgar (Where Corals Lie from Sea Pictures), Tchaikovsky, Milstein, Kreisler, Bizet and Rossini.
Come in for a listen or check out

Saturday 3 December 2011

A Glorious Choral Christmas - Culwick Choral Society

Community Notice Board:
A Glorious Choral Christmas! with Culwick Choral Society

Suzanne Savage, Soprano
Eugene Ginty, Tenor
New Dublin Voices

The Culwick Ensemble
(Brona Fitzgerald, Leader)
Olivia O'Leary Compere
Bernie Cherlock, Conductor

Saint Nicolas by Benjamin Britten
plus Favourite Carols and Christmas Songs
National Concert Hall Thursday 8 December 2011, 8PM
NCH box office 01-4170000 or

Tickets €15 €20 €25 (choir Balcony €10)senior citizens unwaged students and groups 10%
concession children 50%

Community Noticeboard is a free service, for inclusion please leave details in shop or email us marked community noticeboard

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Catch Charlie being interviewed for Italian TV!

check out
GO to 3.15 minutes in and catch Charlie being interviewed for Italian TV. Lots of lovely shots of Violins and instruments too :)
Great program - lovely to be part of it!

Thursday 24 November 2011

Stockingfillers! Santa shops at Charlie Byrne's :)

We have an amazing array of stockingfillers, from 50c upwards - guaranteed to put a smile on your musician's face this xmas.

Ranges include Pencils and Erasers at 50c - half price stationary starting at €1.25 -wallets with music design €2 - Keyrings €2.50 - chopping boards €4.95 - Mugs €8.95 and so much more. For the full range check out Stockingfillers and remember Festive Friday Fiver on December 2nd!

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Santa's Stockingfillers are in! Music Design Chocs, Jewellery, Mugs and more!

This year people want funny, unique, practical, stockingfillers - and most of all value for money!
We have a fabulous range of presents for the musician in your life - big or small. And all at the best price we can manage.
The really big news this year - chocolates. UK made chocs using Belgian Chocolate, all boxed - shaped like violins, pianos, guitars - €5.95 - and packets of mini pianos too, €4.95
These are ideal stockingfillers or kris kindle gifts, they look fabulous without costing a fortune, they're unique and they're very very tasty.....not that we've sampled the stock or anything!!

Other new items - new mugs, new ties, new journals, new manuscript books, new jewellery and cufflinks!
check out NOVELTIES for all the details...

Wednesday 9 November 2011

New Lag and Korala Ukes! things of beauty....

Just in today, some beautiful Ukuleles. The first to arrive were the new LAG ukes, complete with covers - these are absolutely gorgeous, lush Ukes, with a lovely bright sound. We have two soprano models and one concert, starting at €72.95 (soprano)

Then arrived a lovely Korala electric acoustic Ukulele, light blonde solour, a cutaway soprano!

These are just great instruments, suitable for the discerning player or serious beginner!

Saturday 29 October 2011

Cellos, Tuners, Mandolins, Banjos,Ukuleles and Covers - New for November

New in for Winter 2011, great value and quality in various instruments>
This week has seen new cellos fullsize Karl Hofner student outfits at €695 with bow and case; New Banjos in tenor and G from B&M and Richwood; lots of new Ukuleles from colourful children's packs to handmade solid top professional and semi acoustic ranges; Full range of Paraic McNeela deep rimmed and regular rimmed tunable and standard bodhráns;and Mandolins from Brunswick and Richwood.

Special offer for November: New Carson clip on tuners only €15! A very small but clear display, clip on tuner with chromatic, Uke, Guitar and Violin modes. Ideal for the musician on the go, it's the smallest but easiest to use tuner we have ever had.

Also new for November - new ranges of Bodhrán beaters, from €6-€25 inc bamboo brush beaters with colourful binding; new covers for Guitar (€22.95 and €37.95) Banjo (€19.95 and €34.95) Mandolin (€15 and €29.95) ;

New ranges of novelty gifts for xmas will be arriving soon, so watch this space!!

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Music Lessons -Violin, Voice & Theory, Southside

New notice on our NOTICE BOARD up today;
Music Lessons available from a graduate of UCD Music, for Voice (classical,musical theatre) Violin (classical) and Theory of Music. Children and Adults taught, southside area (ranelagh)
Contact Maebh Carron, 087 4128734/087 2256194

(Please note, this is a community notice, the advertiser has no connection to Charles Byrne Musik Ins and no responsibility can be taken for the accuracy of information provided. If you would like us to feature your service or event please email with Notice Board in the subject line)

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Oxford Cello School 2012 forms now available!

The Oxford Cello School 2012 information forms are now available (just ask in shop or check out our counter display.)
The visiting professors for 2012 are Pierre Doumenge and Alexander Boyarsky; Cellists include Claire Babington, Paul Cox, Chris Doggett, Helen Downham, Kwesi Edman, and many more; Double Bassist, Nick Ereut and Elizabeth Harré; Pianists Paul Cibis, Pavel Timofejevsky and Craig White; Choir Tom Draper-Rhodi.

Venue: Radley College Oxford .
Performers of all ages, nationalities and abilities are welcome to apply. Accommodation is in single rooms or small dorms, and junior accommodation is seperate from Senior. Students are supervised by a team of expert house staff.

Full details on the form and on the website
address: 31 the Hyde, Abingdon, OX14 5JG, UK.

Bursaries : A few bursaries are available and 5% discount on the course fee applies if pais in full by 31st January 2012.

Wednesday 28 September 2011


Yes it's October and it's time for a new competition!! find our three spooky halloween pictures on our website and just post a comment on the OCTOBER COMPETITION thread on facebook saying WHERE you found them. Just put violins, if that's where they are or guitars or accessories or wherever :)

You're looking for a broom, a flying witch and a trio of skeletons!!

Tuesday 27 September 2011

New Music School in Kimmage: Mezzo Music Academy

Pleased to see a new music school opening! Especially in Kimmage, as parents are always happy to see a music academy outside the city centre. This one is called Mezzo Music Academy, located at 21 KCR Estate, Kimmage, Dublin 12. (Phone 01-6852590) which makes it very accessible for a number of areas, Kimmage, Crumlin, Harold's Cross, Terenure and more.

According to the flyers it offers individual tuition in Piano, Violin, Classical Guitar, Flute, Drums and more and group tuition in Recorder, Theory, Baby and Toddler Music Group, Teenage/Adult guitar lessons and Teenage/Adult songwriting classes. Those who have visited the shop in the last year will know we are particularly excited by hearing about Baby and Toddler music groups :)

If you get your hands on one of their flyers (they were distributing them around the Sundrive road area this morning) you can get 10% discount.

or email

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Great value, some bargains, new lines...all in now!

Well I just unpacked 15 cartons of musical goodies and we have some fabulous offers!

Violin cases: You have to see our new ranges! unbelievable good value in oblong cases from €50, with some really strong but light ones at €65 and €120. Something to suit everyone, and all at really affordable prices.

Music Stands: chrome pink purple blue and red music stands, sturdy and portable in their own carrying cover, only..........€11! These used to be €19.95 so this is excellent value and a great bargain.

Ukuleles in Hard Cases: Good Quality Brunswick soprano mahaogany-finish ukulele in a sturdy grey hard case with carrying strap. The best value yet in Ukes at €75!

TGI Transit and Extreme Guitar covers from 22.95 and €42.95 - protection and portability at a great price.

Banjo Hard Cases: wooden, with handle, strong and reliable banjo cases only €65

Lots more great value ranges in stock, call in and see! Everything you need for Music lessons, in each isntrument. Music cases, cases and covers, shoulder rests and manuscript....

Saturday 20 August 2011

Charlies Byrne's CEOLNET will be at Feile Draiochta 2011

Feile Draiochta 2011
Camden Court Hotel, Camden Street, D2

We are pleased to announce that we will return to Feile Draiochta this October 1st, with our popular CEOLNET stall. You'll find hand painted bodhrans, ethnic percussion, shakers and rattles, bones, spoons and whistles, with some Dburkas and African Drums.
Tickets are €20 for a full day pass, including workshops and talks or only €4 to visit the Marketplace so do pop in and say hi to us!

We will also have some limited copies of Pagan Paeans The First Anthology of the PPP (€9.95)available. If you would like to preorder a copy just let me know before September 15th!

Saturday 13 August 2011

Heritage Centre Carlingford, Zoe Conway and John MacIntyre Sunday 14th August

Zoe Conway (fiddle) and John Mc Intyre (guitar) Summer Concert Series 2011 4pm -5 pm
Final Concert in the series!
The Heritage Centre, Carlingford (in ass with Louth County Council)
Special Guest Stewart Agnew (songwriter)
Admission €10 / €6 concession
Ticket Office 042 9373888

Irish Times "We came expectant and we left bedazzled."

A last chance to catch this excellent series...why not spend a pleasant hour in Carlingford enjoying some great music!

Friday 5 August 2011

Professional & Student Discounts at Charlie Byrne's 2011

Just an FYI for our third level, or Diploma students and professional clients; don't forget to ask for your 10% discount off most strings* and accessories.

All third level students can produce their student card to avail of the discount so if you're in college, and a keen musician but not studying music itself at University you don't have to miss out! If ordering by phone just email us your details first, (name, college, course and year) and we will give you your discount when you call.

Professional players (Classical or Traditional) can avail of their discount - just let us know where you play, teach etc and we will be happy to oblige.,

Discount will be redeemable on strings* shoulder rests, music stands, resin, cleaner, books, cases, covers, and more.

*Most strings will be available at 10% discount, exclusions apply to certain brands. This is solely because of price increases on a few lines, where in order to keep the prices reasonable for all customers we have retained 2010 prices. However almost all lines will be discounted.

David Tobin Debut Concert in aid of Barretstown

August 9th 2011 at 8pm, John Field Room, National Concert Hall.
In aid of Barretstown, David Tobin on violin and SHirin Goudarzi-Tobin on Piano in David Tobin's debut concert; enjoy music by Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Saint-Saens, De Falla and Waxman.

Enjoy an evening of wonderful music, in aid of a great cause. Tickets €15 (concessions €10)
Tel 01-4170000
Online Booking

Wednesday 3 August 2011

August FACEBOOK competition: win a €30 voucher

AUGUST facebook competition!
Win a €30 gift voucher for the shop....

Simply like our page

Then find the wall post marked "AUGUST COMPETITION"
Answer the question "what does music mean to you"
The answer with the most "likes" at the end of August wins!
The next best three answers get a small fun prize :)
Get €30 to spend on anything you like!

Saturday 9 July 2011

Belcanto Gold Cello Strings SPECIAL offer

Limited Stock only

Thomastik Infeld "BELCANTO GOLD" cello strings, sets only.

These excellent strings are usually €185 per set but we have a limited number available at €165.

•Steel Core A and D
•Spiral Core G and C strings
•Multi-Alloy wound A, D, and G strings
•Tungsten/Multi-Alloy wound C string

These are very responsive strings, and have a very short "breaking in" period. They suit a wide range of cellos, both modern and restored.


Friday 8 July 2011

Kun Shoulder rests...reduced! A great new price...

WE are delighted to say we currently have KUN shoulder rests at a great new price...down from €36.95 to €33.95! This is while current stocks last only, we cannot guarantee this price again but til then it's a great reduction. Also Viola Kun Shoulder rests are down almost ten euro! €45.95 to €36.95! again while stocks last.

We also have a great range of other shoulder rests; starting at €13.50 for Steinbach (1/8 to 4/4) and €14.95 for Everest(available from 1/10 upwards); FOM 4/4 violin rests at €19.95. Everest coloured rests from €20.95 and WOLF and VIVA rests at 28.95. There's something to suit every shape and pocket.

Check out the ranges here

Thursday 7 July 2011

GIG: An Goilin, Stags Head Pub, July 21st, folk singers

This sounds like a cracking evening folks!

An Goilin, Stags Head Pub, 8 pm July 21st ; admission €6.

An evening with Dublin's finest folk singers; Fergus Russell, Mick Dunne, Maire Ni Chroinin, Jerry O'Reilly. Contact

Saturday 2 July 2011

Cladadgh Bodhráns "Notch" Bodhrán pn Drivetime interview.

For those asking, the bodhrán I played on the Drivetime interview is a Michael Vignoles from Claddagh Bodhráns,"notch" design. It's a 16" tunable bodhrán with long tuning keys, and a "notch" cut out at each key for ease of tuning. It has a reddish rim and is generally a lovely lightish, responsive drum. I think even as background it really stands out and I'm delighted so many people liked the sound of it!

Other drums we stock include more Claddagh ones, a full range from 12" packages up to professional level tunable 18" ones; Paraic McNeela ranges from an excellent 14" and 16" student package up to professional deep rimmed and tunable; malachy kearns and First Island bodhráns, and Paul McAuley Bodhráns, all excellent options.

Friday 1 July 2011

Fiver Friday is Brilliant! Still time to join in....

FIVER FRIDAY IS BRILLIANT. Having a lovely day - lots of great people in and strings for a fiver are flying out. But you can buy anything that's up to 8 euro not just strings! and anything up to 16 euro for a tenner....and we are flexible. If you fall outside the price bracket we are knocking 3 -5 euro off anyway for the day that's in it. Still time to get in and get a voucher that you can use ANYDAY for fiver friday!

Drivetime, RTE radio 1, from 4.30 pm today! Unique to Dublin

Just back from the delicious Accents cafe here on Stephen Street, where I met a lovely group of women (Ruth from Om Diva, Lisa from That's Knit, Elizabeth from BID and Anna from Accents Cafe) to talk about BID's Unique to Dublin campaign this weekend. Excellent chat, a lovely interviewer from Drivetime and despite feeling a bit nervous a nice interview.
Tune into Drivetime this evening from 4.30 pm and you'll hear a great group of women talk about their businesses. And you even hear me play the bodhrán!

Our "Unique to Dublin" Offer - Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd of July 10% off all handmade Irish Bodhráns

And don't forget Fiver Friday as well! Any purchase between 5 and 8 euro - yours for a fiver. Any purchase between 10 and 16 euro...yours for a tenner. And if you can't take advantage today we will give you a voucher so you can have Fiver Friday anyday!

Thursday 30 June 2011

Unique to Dublin July 1st and 2nd..10% off Bodhrans

As part of BID's excellent Unique to Dublin initiative this weekend, We are offering 10% discount on all Bodhráns Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July! Handmade and traditionally made, these great instruments really are Ireland's unique traditional drum. Prices range from €29.95 to €295 including covers and beaters - ALL ten percent off.


July 1st (tomorrow) is Fiver Friday!

July 1st Friday Fiver!

FIVER FRIDAY - LIVELINE AND JOE DUFFY are delighted to take part in Liveline's Joe duffy's excellent initiative, Fiver Friday. Spend a fiver locally on Friday July 1st and support your local businesses. As a reward, avail of lots of Fiver Friday offers! Our Offer - Any purchase between 5 and 8 euro...yours for a FIVER - Any purchase between 10 and 16 euro....yours for a TENNER Buying something else on Friday? Sad to miss the opportunity? We will give you a voucher to use ANY DAY !! So call in on Friday July 1st and whatever you buy you'll be part of Fiver Friday. Books, Strings, accessories, tin whistles and more all qualify.


Tuesday 28 June 2011

Fiver Friday: Liveline offer July 1st

Geraldine was just on Liveline talking to the delectable Joe Duffy about the Liveline Friday Fiver offer for July 1st.
Our offer is any purchase up to €8 for a fiver! Strings that are 6.95 and 7.95 - a fiver! or you can get 8 x €1 items for a fiver, we don't mind. And if you buy two sets of strings (or two of any item) that are normally between five and eight euro - we'll do it for ten euro.
SO come on in on Friday and let's add a little music and mayhem to Fiver Friday.

Fame at Last: Charlie on Italian TV this summer

Well Charlie himself will be interviewed on Italian TV soon; he's no stranger to print and radio interviews although this may be his first TV one. Some favourite interviews over the years have included one he did for the students in Rathmines College of Commerce, a radio documentary for Lyric FM on buying a first violin and a wonderful print interview, later part of a book Trade Names , by Rose Doyle for the Irish Times.

We are looking forward now to seeing what the Italian interview is like and what they are looking for! Details will be shared as we find them out.

Friday 24 June 2011

What makes the Strad so Special?

Very interesting BBC article online

We often get asked if the violin someone has found in the attic is a Strad. Often the fact that the instrument is old and has a label marked "fecit anno domini 17XX" with mentions of Cremona, has the excited owner convinced it's the real and genuine article.
Sadly this is (to date) not the case. We may yet find that one of these instruments is indeed the product of the great master but so far, no; they are almost uniformly Victorian handmade or factory hand crafted copies. The rest may be slightly older or more modern. Some are fiendishly clever - right down to the fake "reduction" of the neck as if to imply it was originally a strad period length. Others are shiny and glossy and not even of stradivarian dimensions.

Many of the instruments labelled Stradivarius are not bad violins. They are decent, middle range instruments sometimes worth 2-3,000e depending on the standard of making involved. Many are quite standard instruments but again comparable to a well made handmade modern one around 7-1000e and some are dreadful. The label is not always a trick to defraud; it was perfectly understood that it meant "in the manner of" or "a copy of" a strad. Concepts of copyright and ownership were different and it is really a product of the twentieth century to assume that a label means authenticity.

In the end there are few strads and although one or two may well be discovered it is a little unlikely that great aunt Mary's old fiddle is one, no matter what the label says. However if you like the instrument and the sound is worth the asking price (the only true estimation of an instrument's real worth) then enjoy it. And maybe dream a little that the great man's hands did indeed fashion it, many moons ago.

Saturday 4 June 2011

ProCathedral, SInging Workshop for Kids!

Summer Fun in Dublin for Young Singers at the ProCathedral Singing Workshop for kids aged 8-15 years. From Monday 15 August to Friday 19th August/Saturday 20th August Blánaid Murphy, director of the Palestrina Choir and St Mary's Pro-Cathedral Girls' Choir will be running this excellent workshop for aspiring young singers. Also participating will be course assistant Darren Magee, organ scholar at the Pro-Cathedral.

The course promises to help young singers improve their voice, sing in groups and small ensembles, explore the world of song, develop a good choral technique, have fun singing with others and experience a variety of styles including Gospel, spiritual and traditional.

The workshop costs €100 with family rates available. Applications must be received on or before Monday August 8th 2011. Because there are limited places available early application is advised. Further details are available from 01-8745441 *

* This is an information blog only, Charles Byrne Musik Ins is not associated with the course in any way.

Friday 3 June 2011

And the winner is....

Congratulations! to Lora Rai, whose name was drawn as the winner of our thirty euro gift voucher!
Runners up were Audrey Twyford, Herve Estner, Rune Midtsund, Suzy Taylor and Rose Clear who win our notebooks.
Please message Charles Byrne!/CharlesByrneMusicShop and we will post out asap, or call to the shop.

Everyone who entered by liking the page will automatically be entered in the next competition in July; and any new "likes" will eb entered as well. Stand by for details at the end of June.

In the meantime we will continue to bring you news of events and gigs in Dublin and Ireland; product updates; music news and more

Wednesday 1 June 2011

Facebook Competition Winner will be drawn this afternoon !

Well later this afternoon everyone's names will go in a big bag and Charlie himself will pull out the winner! plus five runner ups. Results will be posted here later today or tomorrow morning depending on time (it's a busy day here!)Best of luck to everyone and remember, more competitions in July - all you need is to like our page and you're in every draw.


Tuesday 31 May 2011

Last chance to enter our Facebook Competition!

It May 31st and your last chance to enter our very first facebook competition. One lucky winner will recieve a thirty euro gift voucher and five runner ups will recieve our promotional notebooks. So like our Facebook page before 12 midnight tonight and be in with a chance to win!

Plus get loads of info on events and musicians in Dublin and Nationwide; uodates on new products; and more great competitions!

Saturday 28 May 2011

Fleadh Nua this weekend! Ennis Co. Clare (22nd -30th May)

From the Fleadh Nua :

Beidh aird agus aire an domhain dírithe ar Éirinn i rith mí na Bealtaine
mar gheall ar chuairteanna Bhanríon Elizabeth II, Uachtarán Obama....
agus ar an bhFleadh Nua. 'Sea, reachtálfar an Fhéile cháiliúil seo in
Inis , Conndae an Chláir - croíthailte ár n-Ealaíon Traidisiúnta - ó 22
go dtí 30 Bealtaine, 2011. Ceangailte le seo, gheobhaidh tú cóip de
NASC - R-Iris na Fleidhe. Is féidir coinneáil suas chun dáta le Fleadh
Nua ar ár suíomh idirlín nó lean orainn ar Facebook.
Bheadh sé togha dá mbeifeá linn ag an bhFleadh i mbliana.

The attention of the world will be focussed on Ireland during the month
of May what with the visit of Queen Elizabeth II, President Obama....
and the Fleadh Nua. This famous Festival takes place in the heartlands
of our Traditional Arts that is Ennis, County Clare from 22nd to 30th
May, 2011. Attached please find a copy of NASC - our festival's
E-Zine. Browse our website or follow us on Facebook
so as to keep up to date. It would be great if you could join us at
this year's Fleadh.

If you're free and can travel to Ennis, this is a great event! The programme is excellent and should satisfy anyone interested in Irish music.

Wednesday 25 May 2011

New Promotional Notebooks! win one on Facebook

Goodies! New promotional notebooks came in this morning...lovely black and white goodies with pen attached, perfect pocket size or to fit your handbag. Ideal for your violin case, cello cover or music bag.

Never have to search for a piece of paper and a pen again - or better still, our phone number and web address :)

You can't buy 'em. We're not giving them away to everyone. But you could win one! Like our facebook page charles byrne musik instrumente and be in with a chance to win a €30 gift voucher or five runner up prizes of notebooks!

It couldn't be easier :)

Friday 20 May 2011

Dublin Soul Festival 26th –29th May ! #dublin #music

Dublin Soul Festival Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th May

The vast majority of the events are free for you, your family and friends to enjoy including a two day Soul Picnic in the beautiful surroundings of Merrion Square Park starring a very exciting line up of talented musicians of all styles! There are so many great events and it's so family friendly!

check out

PLEASE pass the word on for this great event - because it's voluntary and mainly free there's no advertising budget so please link to it, pass it on, fb it, twitter it and go to it :)

Last year over 42,000 people took part in Soul Festival events generating in excess of €1 million for the Irish economy, not bad going for a festival with "no paid staff" - the entire festival is built for you to enjoy and for the benefit of our wonderful City by a dedicated team of supporters and volunteers.

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Get Cat Stevens or learn to play Bodhrán at a knock down price :)

From May 18th to June 10th inc: 10% off ALL books including popular titles eg Stefan Hannigan Bodhrán Tutors, Tin Whistle Session Books, Mel Bay Tutor Books, Mel Bay Pocket Books etc

Also at 10% off are the very popular "play along" series, which come with a cd of backing music for the aspiring violinist to play along with, plus the book of sheet music and these include classical, tv themes, movie music and chart/pop hits. Extremely popular with teenagers and any learner looking for a break from the standards and exam music.

Plus selected titles half price and under! We have some unusual titles, from Swing Solos for Fiddle, to Improvisations for Celtic Music, to anthologies of artists such as Dido, Robbie Williams, Dove, Cat Stevens and more.

Also included in the "half price and under" section are a collection of really good tutors and technique books for cello, at really excellent prices.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

New Steinbach Shoulder Rests!

A new budget shoulder rest has just come in, a very nice offering at only €13.50! The "Steinbach" is available in two sizes 3/4 to 4/4 and a small size that fits most 1/8 1/4 and 1/2 sizes.

These are ideal for beginners and make a great addition to beginner outfits like Bon Novice or Pallini .

Also just in are the long awaited replacement rubbers for the feet of Wolf shoulder rests; a set of four with lubricating oil costs €6.30.


Saturday 14 May 2011

UPDATE: We will be closed from 4.30 pm on Wednesday 18th MAY because of traffic restrictions and road closures in the Stephen Street area.

PLease find below the updated information on Queen Elizabeth's state visit to Ireland

FOr updates on Public Transport during the visit

For traffic updates also see

It sounds as if the best bet for shoppers is public transport although I believe the carparks in Drury Street and Stephens Green will be open, but onstreet parking will not be available.
Why not come on teh bus, and have a cuppa to recover in Accent's cafe next door :)


Thanks to Dublin BID for the continued updates.

Thursday 12 May 2011

Parking Restrictions in Dublin City For the UK Monarch's Visit

Just giving a headsup for all our customers- there will be parking restrictions and difficulty in accessing Stephen Street by car during the Queen's visit. PLease check back for more information as the date approaches.
We have also included in full any other info we have in case you're trying to get anywhere else in Dublin during 14th - 20th May!


Garda Information relating to the Dublin area for the Visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II from 17 to 20 May 2011
Daily information and traffic updates will be provided from Monday, 16 May 2011. The following general information is available ahead of the visit.
General advice:
 All business and commercial activity will continue as normal in Dublin city.
 There will be diversions and rolling road closures which will be flagged in advance.
 Gardaí will maintain a high visible presence both outside the city environs and in the city centre to facilitate traffic movement.
 There will be parking restrictions in the city centre from 06:00 a.m. on Saturday 14 May 2011 (see details below).
 People should use public transport where possible. Where there are amendments to routes and/or timetables that information will be communicated to the travelling public and commuters are advised to check for timetable and route changes closer to their journey time. There may be brief disruptions to public transport.
 Existing Park and Ride facilities continue to be available and are advertised.
 People are advised to plan their journeys in advance including routes and parking options at their final destination. They should also confirm appointments prior to travelling.
 The public is advised to leave extra time for their journeys and to expect some congestion and delays.
 For security reasons, there will be periodic searches of pedestrians and vehicles by members of An Garda Síochána at key locations.
 Gardaí are liaising with business and local residents in the key locations and will continue to communicate directly with them.
The following roads are among the routes that will be subject to temporary closures at various times between 17 May and 20 May 2011 (full details to be notified to the public when finalised and closer to the time):
 N7, N4 and M50
 Phoenix Park
 North and South Quays, and adjacent bridges and streets.
A number of diversions will be put in place on a rolling basis throughout the city.

Further details will be available in coming days and diversion points will be notified using Variable Message Signs and a Garda presence.
There will be no parking in the following areas from 06:00 on Saturday 14 May to Friday 20 May 2011. Barriers will be placed along all or some of these routes over the same time period.
Chesterfield Avenue
North Quays
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Wednesday 11 May 2011

Wicklow School of Music & Drama 10th Anniversary Concert

Sat, 28/05/2011 - 19:30

Venue: Fatima Hall, Dominican College, Wicklow Town

Admission: €8

Tickets available from Malone's, Main Street, Wicklow Town

Wicklow School of Music & Drama opened on Church Street in October 2000 and has been providing the area with quality tuition ever since. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, WSMD presents a show featuring the musical talents of students and staff alongside the Suzuki Ireland Ensemble and jazz pianist Greg Lloyd.
Special guest artist on the night is concert pianist Lance Coburn.
For further information please contact

It's Eurovision time again !

OK I know for some people this is the equivalent of admitting you like to torture kittens but I love the Eurovision. We all do here at Charlie Byrne's. We even have a Eurovision claim to fame ; a Double bass belonging to us was borrowed by a Finnish entrant (or was it Norwegian??) back in the early nineties, and said bass duly appeared on the hallowed stage of the Song Contest.

Much to my husband's disquiet, we gather in the appointed living room, make lists of the acts and grade them according to their musical and entertainment value (the two often don't actually crossover at all. The ones who can't sing often win the entertainment award!)

I see it in much the same light as jousts of old, or gladiatorial festivities. All those hopes and dreams wrapped up in national tribal pride! Strategic voting that reflects generations of politics and even warfare. The way Britain apologises for the Famine each year by giving us at least ten and sometimes 12 points. The way we respond by grudgingly awarding 8 (forgiven, not forgotten you understand.)

In recent years the advent of eastern block voting, literally, has ruined some of the fun but since Lordi's triumphant pyrotechnic dismantling of the Eurovision cliché there's been a bit of a return to quirky unique and less predictable patterns of wins and losses.

This year Jedward go forth in our name, a two-headed threat to european stability, our revenge for sending in the baliffs. Lipstick is...a catchy production number. It's not Dana warbling about all kinds of everything that's for sure. But they perform it with verve and energy and hopefully they'll give us the holy grail of with us in it!

If we win, then I'll know the 80s have made a complete comeback. Recession, unexpected sports victoris and Eurovsion coming to Dublin.
Thursday *pm RTE 2.

Friday 6 May 2011

New TItles from Cork University Press

I've long been a supporter of Cork University Press and the proud owner of some fine publications from them. The newest brochure contains two publications that will be of great interest to mucisians, so I thought I'd share a heads up here about them.

The first is Fintan Vallely's Companion to Irish traditional Music 2nd edition; while not precisely new it is significantly expanded and has "much new information, including material never before printed and unavailable elsewhere." Vallely is a lecturer and coordinator in Traditional Music Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology. The Companion gives an A-Z coverage of song, tunes, style, compositions, storytelling, technology and much more. It costs €59 from CUP which is a decent price considering the Bunting Collection alone costs almost as much. I would highly recommend it.

The second is Irish Blood, English Heart - Second Generation Irish Musicians in England by Sean Campbell. This is "the first full account of second-generation Irish music-making in England" and contains original interviews with Shane McGowan, Cait O'Riordan, Keven Rowland and Johnny Marr. Campbell is senior lacturer and research convenor in the Dept of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin UNiversity, UK. €39 from CUP.

Check out Cork University Press for more details (and browse the rest of their publications, if you've any interest in Ireland, folklore, music etc)

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Saturday morning storytelling at Accents cafe

If any of our customers with kids are in town on a Saturday morning Accents cafe right next door to us (Dublin's very own late opening tea / coffee shop!) holds a storytelling session at 10.30am.
I can personally recommend the cake and coffee at Accents - god help my waistline. The huge sofas and beanbags downstairs are soooo comfy you won't want to leave..
So if you're planning on coming into us on a Saturday morning why not coincide with the storytelling next door and you can shop in peace for a while :)

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Jargar Cello A "Superior" (hot off the presses!)

Delighted to say we have a limited stock of the long awaited Jargar Superior Cello A string! Call us 01-4781773 to find out more, or call in. The famous Jargar A - only better.

Thursday 28 April 2011

Journal of Music in Ireland recently launched the beta version of the new, incorporating the first phase of their online development. There are plenty of features yet to come, but there is already a wealth of new articles, reviews and multimedia to browse on the website, covering subjects as diverse as new developments in traditional Irish music and the composition of electronic music.

You can also follow them on Facebook (journal of music) or twitter

Support an excellent resource for musicians!

Tuesday 26 April 2011

May Day Choral Event, CORK

Cork Choral Society May Day Sunrise Shandon Choral Event

6am, St. Anne’s, Shandon, Cork (Shandon bells)
Shandon Sunrise with Cathal Ó Baoill (Down)
& Jubilant Gospel Girls (Italy)
At 6.05am, sunrise, on Sunday 1st May, the dawn will be met with
a chorus of voices singing from the bell tower of the iconic Church
of St. Anne’s, Shandon to mark this ancient celebration of the first
day of summer.
Admission: Unticketed and free of charge*

Saturday 23 April 2011

New Bodhráns from Claddagh!

Lovely new bodhráns from Claddagh maker Michael Vignoles!
Inc fabulous handmade Irish made 12" bodhrans with beater, cover and DVD only €29.95!
Plus 14" and 16" standard player packs with bodhrán, beater, cover, and DVD and new tuneable bodhráns eg the "Notch"
Plus new reduced prices on the popular angler range (angled tuning keys for extra easy tuning) and the "Daisy."
Check out bodhrans


Thursday 21 April 2011

Website Updates

Finally we are able to update the website again, and thanks to everyone who has pointed out pages that need updating over the last few weeks. Your help is much appreciated!

So far the main updates are on the cello pages, the special offer pages, and bodhráns pages although there are new offers on bodhráns coming this weekend too.

look out for more special offers and new stocks coming very soon including fab new violin outfits.

In the meantime if you spot any "bad" pages let us know :)

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Facebook and Us

Yes finally the long awaited facebook page is up; and to celebrate the fact that we now have a facebook page and didn't break the web making it, we will be holding a competition.

Anyone who likes us on FB in the next month will be entered into our first ever fb comp and a winner chosen at random.
the prize will be a 30 euro gift voucher - overseas customers are included in the comp (we will pay postage on an item of your choice up to €15 postage if you win)

so LIKE us :) get your friends and family to like us. and you could just be lucky!

Saturday 16 April 2011

Brunswick Semi-Acoustic Guitar Special Offer!

This is an attractive guitar with built in pick up, by Brunswick; it boasts an impressive package of guitar, stand, plectrum. cover, leads and tuner! Originally on offer at €250 we have a limited stock available at €200! We also have several very nice Brunswick standard acoustic guitars available at €100, ideal for the beginner who wants something decent to play on. Call in to have a look!

Friday 8 April 2011

Bring your battered old black case....

...back to life! A very limited amount in stock - colourful, strong violin case covers with recievers for rucksack style straps that will fit almost any standard uncovered black case. Transform that boring old black or cover that battered exterior! * (straps not included, straps can be bought in any luggage shop)

Thursday 7 April 2011

Karl Hofner Cello Oufits!!

Limited Special Offer! unprecedented value in cello outfits.... Karl Hofner of Germany student Cello outfits Available in sizes 16th to 3/4 1/16th, 1/8th and 1/4 th €420 3/4 and 1/2 €480 Fully set up, excellent value for students from a trusted maker. Call 01- 4781773 or email to check availability of sizes; call into the shop to see these great instruments.

Friday 11 February 2011

New Student Violin Outfits!

New and some of our best value ranges ever....

The Cadenza student violin outfit, including bow and case only €250 and the Amadeus Student violin outfit, including bow and case only €325. Both are good value, student violin outfits, finished by hand in our workrooms, with good tone and warmth.

Limited stock available; either would be an excellent intermediate outfit or better beginner's outfit.

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