Listen to Ceol Na Mara Live in Session - right here.

Portraits of Emma Clarke and Jim Richards

Ceol Na Mara

Ceol Na Mara

(key-OL nah MAH-ra)

Lively, foot-tapping Irish jigs and reels from Sussex-based fiddle and guitar duo, Emma Clarke and Jim Richards.

Emma and Jim are experienced Irish session and ceilidh musicians, who love to breathe new life into tunes from the Irish tradition (and a few from further afield). Ceol Na Mara (Irish for Sounds of the Sea) bring you spirited, bright and bouncy tunes played by two highly-regarded and sought-after Irish musicians.

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What We Do

In a nutshell, we play lush Irish tunes that we curate from all over the place. We add some special magic, put them together into sets and then we play them for people to enjoy.

Traditional Irish music for listening

We have a broad repertoire of Irish music, plus some tunes from further afield such as Scotland, The Shetlands, a few French-Canadian pieces etc. but the majority of our music is Irish. 'Cos we love it. People enjoy Irish music at:

  • Weddings
  • Drinks receptions
  • Parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Hospitality Events
  • Christmas parties
  • Pubs, cafes and restaurants


We can also provide ceilidhs for wedding receptions and a variety of different events. Ceilidhs are great because they:

  • Break the ice
  • Include everyone, young or old, big or small etc
  • Create a really lively atmosphere
  • Provide a really fun, memorable experience.

Sounds of the Sea

Here’s some tracks from a live session we recorded professionally. You can hear these and the rest of the tunes from the session on our SoundCloud, here.


A few short video clips to give you a taste of our music.


Swipe left and right for previous / next month, plus upcoming gigs further ahead

October 2023

October 2023
Tenterden Folk Festival
Tenterden, Kent TN30 6BD
We'll be appearing on Saturday 7th October, when we'll be playing on the Free Music Stage at 12:45 for an hour, (at The Recreation Ground) and then hosting a session in the pub This Ancient Boro' from 19:30. Both FREE events, so come on over!
Also, check out the official website right here for details of the full lineup etc.

November 2023

Wedding Reception
Private Event
Goring, BN12
Tunes playing for guests' delight :o)
Eastbourne Hotel
Private party
Very happy to be providing a special afternoon of ceilidh dancing for a children's birthday party!

December 2023

The Old Oak Inn
7:30pm FREE
The Old Oak Inn, Arlington BN26 6SJ
We're looking forward to playing some tunes beside the fire for our friends at The Old Oak. It's a lovely old pub, right beside Abbot's Wood with a great menu and Harvey's on tap. What's not to like!? P.S. Try the Mexichips. We guarantee you've never had anything like them :o)
Check out their website here.

Upcoming Dates

March 2024
Railway Roots
The Railway Inn, 2 Boundary Road, Portslade BN41 1GA
We'll be appearing alongside super-good singer-songwriter Hannah Scott (check her out here, she's ace:) Railway Roots, Portslade. The night is held in the newly-refurbished Railway Inn (formerly the Whistlestop Inn) at 2 Boundary Road, Portslade BN41 1GA – right by Portslade Station. Check out their website right here for details.
September 2024
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Saturday Sessions, 1pm
We're looking forward to playing a Saturday Session at the Ropetackle Arts Centre. Details to follow, but entry is ticketed, with limited capacity, so you'll need to book to make sure of your place!
The Ropetackle website is here.
Bursting with energy...
This is real foot-tapping stuff.