Songbirds tour of the West of Ireland


THE SONGBIRDS Irish Tour 2023



Dear Friends, 


Covid has calmed and we are headed back to Ireland! Again!  


THE SONGBIRDS Irish Tour 2023 October 2nd-11th, 2023

The Songbirds are Annie and Marie Burns ‘The Burns Sisters’ and Kate Purcell who has been touring with “Cherish The Ladies”  This year we will have the fabulous Doug Robinson playing guitar and singing his heart out, too. We have worked with Doug Robinson all through our careers. We are looking forward to having him with us in Ireland. 


We will pick you up at Shannon airport on Oct 3rd and drop you back at Shannon Airport on Oct 11th.

The Songbirds are; The Burns Sisters- Annie and Marie Burns from Ithaca, New York, and Kate Purcell, from  County Clare, Ireland. Kate sings and tours with the band "Cherish The Ladies" an international grammy-nominated Irish music band.  We will join forces again for a musical tour of the West of Ireland. Kate Purcell recorded Marie Burns' song “Savannah” which is how we met her.  Small world! What a wonderful happenstance!

By day, the singing trio will bus with you to ancient ruins, castles, picturesque fishing villages,  horse races, and much more. Kate, a native of County Clare, knows the hidden gems along the way that makes this tour unique. By night, we settle into our rooms, then we join together for dinner where music, song, local talent, and laughter are also on the menu. We encourage our fellow travelers to bring an instrument, favorite poem, or song to share.  Annie and Marie have taught many harmony workshops and will be thrilled to share their harmony secrets with anyone who would like to learn. Our tours are all about connection, both through music and immersion into the history of The Emerald Isle.

Our tours are created for people who are not fond of typical tours: the big buses, the name tags, the constant hurrying & the large groups that one can feel disconnected from. In contrast, we have wonderful musical sessions, visit the best pubs and restaurants and find beautiful back roads, for the longest-lasting memories.  We also like to check out of our hotel at a reasonable hour. Leave time for coffee and breakfast, perhaps a little shopping, and leave at check-out time. Unless the group decides they want to leave early. We play and go out and listen to music in the evenings


Our group of 20 or so guests will meet at Shannon Airport on the morning of Oct 3rd.  Travel arrangements from the US should be made individually.  Take the redeye out of NYC /JFK or Newark on Oct 2 and will pick you up the morning of Oct 3rd  at Shannon Airport with our fabulous bus!  We are happy to give you guidance if you need help figuring your trip out.  Priceline and Kayak are great ways to save $ on your flights. The trip is 10 days in total. The first day is a travel day to fly to Shannon airport. There is overnight from Newark, NJ, or JFK directly to Shannon.  We sleep on the overnight/redeye and meet everyone at Shannon airport bright and early. We pick you up, and go to Ennis or a nearby hotel to rest up. Then dinner and music that night.

We generally stay two nights in one town, at the finest hotels. At the end of the trip, we drop you off at Shannon airport!

Our luxury coaches are just roomy enough to be comfortable but small enough to fit on the narrowest back roads. Our tours focus on the traditional arts and culture of Ireland, especially, Our group size and the way that we plan our tours allow us maximum flexibility. Want to take a walk, shop at a certain store, or take a nap? With us, that is all possible. We go at Ireland’s pace - just fast enough to pack in a lot of incredible experiences, but slow enough so that those experiences are meaningful.

The cost for the 2023 tour is $3000 per person based on double occupancy. We will do our best to match up roommates, and provide for handicap accessibility, should you require it. Please notify us if you need handicap-accessible rooms. We If you have health problems of any kind, we make arrangements to make your trip as comfortable as possible. Single rooms are an additional $500 per person for all eight nights. (The increase in the single room fee is necessary to fully cover the costs of accommodating single travelers.)

The fee covers all lodging including a full breakfast each day, five evening group meals, and the cost for our featured Irish musicians, poets, writers, and artists & day passes to our featured destinations are also included. You will need personal money for drinks, the few meals you need to cover, and some money in case of an emergency. Last but not least, money for shopping!!

Guests' breakfasts and dinners are covered. Lunches are on you. The breakfasts are huge, so no worries. We don't cover alcoholic beverages.  It would be good for you to settle up with the bar or waiter at dinner.  A $1,500 deposit is required to guarantee availability after confirmation of your reservation. The balance, payable to The Anne Burns is due by July 1, 2023

Trip requirements include a current passport & Covid 19 vaccination card. It is also recommended that you inform your credit card companies of your destination and for how long you will be out of the country. 

For some great deals to Shannon Airport, you might try travel services like Priceline, Kayak, and Hopper. You are always welcome to contact one of your hosts, Annie Burns, by e-mail for some personal help. She is always fishing for the best travel deals, especially from Newark International to Shannon.


So, please join us: Annie, Marie, and Kate! "The Songbirds tour of Ireland"
It’s important to contact us soon as you can. We are getting people signing up already!!  To reserve your place on our Irish tour. Please contact us at or phone at 607 2802513 for any questions.

Happy New Year!

The Songbirds