Events in 2020

Saturday 28 November

Fiddle and harp for Barakuba, Sat Nov 28th 2020

Catherine and Ray bringing Sligo harp and fiddle to audiences in Basle

Barakuba, Gundeldinger Feld, Dornachstrasse 192 4053 Basel.

Reservations essential.

Starts 8pm. Doors open from 7pm.                                                        for event details and booking


January 2020


Sunday 19th    Tale of the Gael concert in Kulturpunkt! Flawil  

Saturday 25th   Cairo to Connemara: Routes and Rhythms in Irish Music with The Atlantic Orchestra Project in Karl der Grosse Zurich

Sunday 26th    Routes and Rhythms in Irish Music with The Atlantic Orchestra Project, La Cappella Theatre Bern, 4pm and 8 pm


MARCH                                                                                                Friday 6th   Keltische Weisheit in Wort und Bild (in German)                Zentrum Karl der Grosse Zurich mit Catherine Rhatigan Harfe und Robert Levin  Stimme / 19.30 Uhr

Saturday March 7th Kirchgemeindhahus Nydegg , 3011 Bern


JANUARY 2019                                                                                        Private recitals at WEF, Davos, Switzerland                                       Catherine Rhatigan

MARCH                                                                                          THURSDAY 14th   Embassy of Ireland, Bern, Switzerland                     SATURDAY 16TH  Embassy of Ireland, Vienna, Austria


Catherine and Ray bringing Sligo harp and fiddle to audiences in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan

13th – 17th  Osaka  Japan                                THURSDAY 18th Shamrock Irish Pub Nagoya (sold out)                              SATURDAY 20th, Harp Workshop at Harp Festival Tokyo 13.00 till 17.00 (fully booked) and Festival concert                          SUNDAY 21st, Concerts at Hazuki Hall Tokyo 14.30 / 18.00                            TUESDAY 23rd, final concert Tokyo 

   Catherine Rhatigan and Ray Coen, Sligo



MAY 23rd University Campus Dortmund Germany                                ”An Evening with WB Yeats.” Special Guest Susan O Keeffe, Director of The Yeats Summer School, Sligo, Ireland

May 24th, University Campus Bochum, Germany                                    Reverberations: Voices and Melodies from Joyce’s Ireland.            Special Guest Paul Murray

May 29th Limmated Edition. Zurich, Switzerland.                          ‘Readings by the River’ presented by The James Joyce Institute Zurich, Tale of the Gael and a host of Guest Readers.                                                       


14th and 17th, details below

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 7.30 p.m. Rämistrasse 59, Room RAA-G-01 University of Zurich

Tale of the Gael join forces with the English Department of Zurich University to present a very special evening centered around the Ireland of James Joyce between 1900-1920 and the people who shaped a cultural history…. admission is free.

Brendan Wade, uilleann pipes, wooden flute, whistle, bodhran, vocals / Robert Tobin, silver flute,whistle / Catherine Rhatigan, Irish harp, voice / Dave Aebli, guitar, double bass, Irish bouzouki

Saturday, March 17th, Basel.

Catherine Rhatigan, Irish harp and Robert Tobin, silver flute will be there to entertain diners in the age old tradition of music while you dine…















Past Events:In January: 60 Jahres ‘Irisches Tagebuch’ von Heinrich Böll

Nobel Prize winner for Literature.

Lesung und irische Harfenklange mit Robert Levin, Rezitation, (Deutsch) und Catherine Rhatigan, Harfe.  

                                                   Samstag, 20 Januar, 19.30 – 21.30 Uhr, Zentrum Karl der Grosse in Zürich Eintritt 30 / 25 CHF




PAST EVENTS:   2017:  In December:

 December 21st:  The final event of the Celtic Fragment series for 2017 takes place in the beautiful Altstadthalle in the old town area of Zug.

Grasses tied in orange bands; remembering the sun on a snowy solstice…

Celebrate the Winter Solstice with Stories in German, music and a few carols…followed by a light supper. Starts 19.30 /Kollekte






Tale of the Gael full lineup looking forward to music for an Autumn Evening in the beautiful church in Wasterkingen. 

NOVEMBER 1ST Schlosskeller Grünningen, as part of The Celtic Fragment Project. Join us for the ancient and eerie feast of Samhain, when the Celts began their new year by honouring the dead. Stories, music and spirits of varying kinds, including whiskey…Catherine Rhatigan harp, Robert Tobin, flute/whistle, Dave Aebli bass/guitar, Isabelle Hauser, storytelling, (in Swiss German) Tickets online:


 PAST EVENTS with The Celtic Fragment Project:  May  and June, August and September.

September 21, Autumn Equinox. The Fintan Foundation in beautiful Rheinau, host this September event in the magnificent Kloster room at 19.30. With some spontaneous verses in Scots Gaelic recited by Yannick Kadvany, and an introduction to the Celtic background of this serene place by local historian Marcus Sieber, this was an evening of rare harmony. Ten days later the Foundation hosted a walk through the Celtic landscape of the area between Rheinau and Bühl resulting in a day of revelation and surprises for all present. Catherine Rhatigan harp, Isabelle Hauser, stories, Dave Aebli, bass/guitar. Pic: Group at the well of Celtic Goddess/ Christian Saint Lottburga, Bühl Germany

Stories from the Celtic Imagination, art and the sound of the rushing Rhinefalls: join us in Neuhausen for the Lunasa Event in The Celtic Fragment Series. Sunday August 20th. Finisage 16.00, concert and Stories 17.00. for details


June 23rd, Bonfire Night. Zentrum Karl der Grosse, Zurich. Stories and music celebrating Bonfire Night in Ireland with Catherine Rhatigan, harp, Dave Aebli, bass/guitar and Isabelle Hauser, stories. Hosted by Friends of Celtic Spirit, Zurich.




    Saturday May 20                                                                                                                     Keltische Musik und Gesichten in Waldhütte, Aesch ZH

Mit Catherine Rhatigan, Harfe, Brendan Wade, Pipes voice and flute, and Isabelle Hauser,  storytelling (deutsch).

Die Menschen keltischen Ursprungs finden nichts Aussergewohnliches daran, ihr Heim mit Marchenfiguren und sprechenden Tieren zu teilen und Ubersinnliches und Zauber zu erleben. Im 19. Jahrhundert meinte ein Sammler von Irischen Volkmarchen, dass je armer eine Person sei, desto wunderbarer und verschwenderischer ihre Fantasie und Marchen waren. Wahrend sich die in Schweizer Mundart vorgetragenen Geschichten entfalten, bereitet der irische Klang von Floten und Harfe vor uns eine Landschaft von Nebelschwaden und Bergen, Kusten und Hutten aus, von wo aus viele der Geschichten und Melodien ihre Reise um die Welt begannen.                                                                                     www.kuko-aesch for reservations and tickets. 25/15 CHF.   20.00 Uhr                                                                                                                                                               Part of the Celtic Fragment Concert Series


Wednesday, June 21                                                                                            The Summer Solstice celebrated in The Albert-Ankar Haus, Ins, Bern                                                                      Special Guest Matthias Brefin,  great grandson of Albert Ankar, joins Catherine Rhatigan harp, Brendan Wade pipes  /flute /voice and Isabelle Hauser for an evening of music, song, stories and reminiscence, anecdote and local Celtic lore. A combination not to be missed.                     German and English. 19.00 start.  Kollekt/ recommended contribution 25 CHF                     Presented as part of the Celtic Fragment Series


Recent Past Events: April 20 -23rd

The 9th Celtic Harp Festival in Vevey, Switzerland, is a wonderful four days of harp and fiddle  classes, sessions, dance and concerts in a very picturesque area of the country.                                                                                                 Friday, April 21st features a concert with harp tutors from Ireland, Scotland and Switzerland in full swing. Eglise de la Chiésaz, Saint -Légier, 20.30 pm. Entrance free, with a collection at the end. Full details:

Maurice O Connor, by Turlough O Carolan, Irish Harper/ Composer. Played here by The Angel Band on fiddle with harp and harpsichord, banjo and guitar. Harpsichord was often used to imitate the sound of a harp when the harp was missing from traditional groups around the 1960s in Irish folk music. The music of O Carolan (1670-1732) is on the programme for the concert on April 21st.


March 18th: Catherine and Brendan play at the Basel Irish gala lunch at 11.30 am

March 21st. The Celtic Fragment (Spring Equinox) concert in Martigny, Valais, with Isabelle Hauser, storyteller, and guest singer Laurine Moulin.  There will also be a short talk on the Celtic history of the area. The event is free of charge and the audience is invited for a drink at the venue, Maison de la Musique at 21.15. Concert starts 19.30. Registration by sms to Catherine at 076 295 99 15


March 30th: An afternoon of song, stories and harp music in Uster with Catherine Rhatigan and Denise Graf. Guaranteed to put you in the mood for Spring!