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 www.fleadhnua.com 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 www.fleadhnua.com 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 http://www.dublincitysoulfestival.com/

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 www.garda.ie

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
South Quays
Parkgate Street
O' Connell Street
Parnell Square (All Sides)
D'Olier Street
Westmoreland Street
College Street
Grafton Street
Nassau Street
South Leinster Street
Lincoln Place
Westland Row
Pearse Street
Bridge Street
High Street
Thomas Street
James's Street
Crane Street
Bellevue Lord Edward Street
Dame Street
Conyngham Rd
Rainsford Street
Christchurch Place
South Circular Road (Con Colbert rd - Conyngham Rd)
Beresford Place
Gardiner Street
Mountjoy Square
Fitzgibbon Street
Russell Street
Jones Rd
Memorial Rd
Castle Street
Werburgh Street
Ship Street
Stephen St
Guild Street
Sherriff Street Upper

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 info@wicklowmusicdrama.com

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 finals...one 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.

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