Wed 6th of May, 
The National Library, 
Kildare Street, Dublin City

Featuring Paddy Berry, Phil Berry, 
John O’Byrne, Mary O'Brien, 
Alanna O’Kelly, Gerry Cullen 
and Páidrigín Ní Uallachaín.


Sat 9th of May, 
Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, 
37 Great James St, Derry City

Featuring John Tunney, Brigid Tunney, Jim MacFarland, Jackie Boyce, 
Grace Toland, Rita Gallagher 
and Maurice Leyden.


Wed 13th of May, 
The National Library, 
Kildare Street, Dublin City

Featuring Luke Cheevers, Niamh Parsons, Francy Devine, Tony McGaley, Tom Finn, Eugene McEldowney 
and Anne Buckley.


Sat 16th of May, 
Cúil Na Sméar Hall, Cúil na Sméar, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Featuring Tim Dennehy, Larry Joy, 
Senan Lillis, Máire Ní Chéileachair 
and Michéal Marrinan. (With special guests Paddy and Phil Berry)


Sat 23rd of May, 
St Nicholas Collegiate Church, Lombard Street, Galway City

Featuring Tim Lyons, Mary McPartlan, Anne Skelton, Brian O'Rourke, Martin Ryan and Johnny Mháirtín Learaí.


Documentation and information 
on the sixteen traditional singing
 circles will be available at the 
end of September 2015

THE BIRD SONG PROJECT is a celebration of traditional songs about birds devised and produced by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert for the 2015 Bealtaine Festival.

Throughout the month of May, thirty-three older traditional singers performed at five concerts across the country, each with a unique line-up.  In addition, sixteen traditional singing circles, from Wexford to Derry, also participated by hosting their own 'Bird Song' night. A recent count confirmed that between the 1st and 31st of May 2015, over five hundred traditional songs were sung in Ireland that featured birds in them as a result of this project. Please click on the links below to view each of the five concerts as well being able to read the singers notes on their chosen songs.

The Bird Song Project was commissioned by Age & Opportunity/BEALTAINE 2015 with the support of the Irish Traditional Music Archive and The National Library of Ireland. This project is part of a series of traditional song projects conducted by Lambert and Fortune. Other recent projects include ‘Man, Woman and Child’, a project based on the Ballad collection of Francis J Child, ( and ‘The 1916 Song Project’ ( which they are currently working on.

If you have any questions please contact Michael on 087 6470247 or email him at

All images/design by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert unless otherwise stated.

Illustrations courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.