Co. Clare is universally considered as one of the heartlands of traditional Irish folk music. Traditional irish music bands such as The Tulla and Kilfenora Ceili Bands, Micho Russell of Doolin, Martin Hayes and Willie Clancy, readily spring to mind. For those in search of an authentic Irish music experience, County Clare hits the high note. In addition to impromptu session in pubs across the county, Clare hosts well over a dozen music festivals each year… no matter what month you visit, there is a festival on the calendar. This rich musical heritage can be encountered in almost any pub at any crossroads where fine musicians break into a seisiún at the drop of a hat. However, for a visitor to the county seeking a guaranteed Irish musical treasure trove, they just need to head for any of the many festivals held in Clare. The most well-known is probably the renowned Willie Clancy Summer School that has taken place every July in Miltown Malbay for the last 38 years. The event is attended by young and old from the four corners of the globe who come to learn to play traditional instruments and join in the demonstration of their newly honed skills in daily sessions. There are many lesser known, but no less enjoyable to attend, festivals from January to the depths of winter. The very best of traditional music can be heard in Clare and the standard of young musicians here is so high that the future of this incredible legacy is assured. The wealth of talent that can be seen in the festivals in Clare is extraordinary, not to mention that found at performance venues like Cois na hAbhana and Glór and teach ceol and parish halls all over the county. Set dancing, the traditional group dance, has seen an entusiastic revival over the last two decades, and regular sets can be seen around the county, in places like Vaughans Pub in Kilfenora. Traditional Irish music session every Wednesday at Pepper's Bar Feakle.
Trad Session every Saturday night in Nagle's Pub Kilfenora, great music and craic guaranteed.
Every Wednesday there is a trad session in the Highway in Crusheen . Singing session second Wednesday of the Month.
Saturday and Sunday Hassetts in Ballinruane have live and set-dancing and singing.