Welcome to the Balaclavas webpage

The Balaclavas is an open group of adult musicians created by Tom Mulligan a couple of years ago in order to promote Irish music and slow sessions for adults starting to learn an instrument.

Musicians meet in the Backroom of the Cobblestone every Wednesday, and any person learning or playing an instrument is welcome. SĂ­omha Mulligan teaches new tunes slowly and goes through the previously learned tunes from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, and Jacqui Martin takes over from 7.30 for fun slow sessions.

This website hosts some of the tunes that were recorded during our Wednesday sessions, and we try to keep it updated as much as possible to include new recordings. You can access them from the panels on the top of the page, classified by type of tunes, and play or download them.

News: The first Balaclava Session's Concert

Our first official concert was held on April 18th 2015, staged by members of the group. This was a fantastic milestone for the Balacalavas and it was a great night!

List of tunes

Here are links to the lists of tunes (ABC and staff notation): Reels - Double jigs - Polkas & Hornpipes - Misc.

Grupa Cheoil

Congratulations to the group from the Balaclavas who competed in the Dublin and Leinster Fleadh.

Quick links