Sundays:  Enjoy a relaxed session of music and songs with Paddy Newman and Liam de Courcey.  From 7.15pm approx.

Wednesdays:  For the past ten years, OLIVER'S Bar in Cleggan has laid on an early open session of trad music and song, with Mary, Heather, Alan, Peter and friends.  After ten years, time for some of us to take a rest for a while. The line-up - and it's a GOOD one! - for 2018 will be Diarmuid and Geoff and Alan, plus friends.  Other musicians and singers (and dancers) will be welcome to join in or contribute. come along for an early night of music and song: a backbone of Irish trad and songs, but lots of other genres thrown in for good measure also!

Starting Wednesday 27th June - start time 7.30pm, just right for some music with a drink and the Early Bird menu, if you're feeling peckish!

See the gallery of photos below, from earlier years.

Joyce's Bar, on the edge of Cleggan Village, and right on the edge of Cleggan Bay, is where you'll find regular music and  dance every Friday night, YEAR ROUND (late-ish...). It's a very popular destination, and you're likely to meet not only many of those living on the Peninsula, but people fond of dancing from all parts of Connemara.


Newman's Bar, also on the edge of Cleggan village, is a great venue to be, later on (from about 10.30pm) on Saturday nights, if it's good music and entertainment you're after.  In fact, it's so popular that often during the summer months there's music on another night also (check with the Newmans about this). Newman's, run by Bernie and Richie Newman, has long been synonymous with good music; Richie is a very well-known musician and singer - equally at home with the banjo, guitar and mandolin - and he has a great voice and a lovely range of songs. DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, check out Newman's on Thursday nights too, because you'll often find a grand session going on that night also! Sunday nights too, if there's a demand.
    Locals and visitors alike come up to sing, or join in the tunes. Richie makes all of us sound good! And he is usually joined by well-known accordion player Eugene Barry, and often by other local musicians, on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, 'box', bodhran, spoons, concertina, harmonica....and of course singers and the occasional dancer! The action starts around 10.30 pm or so, and it's worth staying up for.

The Pier Bar, Cleggan,is also worth checking out, as they often mount music sessions of an evening, or even the occasional impromptu session laid on by musicians passing through! We hear tell of more or less regular music sessions of a Sunday evening during this summer - especially during the summer months. Lots of locals of all ages like to visit this venue for the craic; so head along to the Pier Bar and you'll receive a grand welcome, especially if you mention that you read about it here!

Visit (and 'Like' and follow) their Facebook page to find out what's coming up.


Sweeney's Strand Bar has frequent musical events on Saturday and/or Sunday nights during the summer months. Check Sweeney's window for posters advertising upcoming events; or enquire in the bar or shop.