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Céilí House live from the National Opera House, Wexford

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Céilí House live from the National Opera House, Wexford 8pm, March 17 Adm €15 / €10 child RTE Radio 1 broadcasts an extended Céilí House show LIVE from the National Opera House, Wexford on St Patrick’s Day.

 

The show, presented by Kieran Hanrahan, will feature singer, instrumentalist and tv presenter Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh accompanied by singer / multi-instrumentalist Gerry O’Beirne and former lead singer of the band Solas Niamh Varian-Barry. Also performing is the fiddle-playing wizard that is Colm Mac Con Iomaire. Wexford's globe-trotting uilleann piper Mark Redmond will be there too as will legendary harmonica playing duo John and Pip Murphy.

Every Céilí House aims to put the spotlight on local traditional singers and musicians. This one will include a focus on some of Wexford’s rising young stars. The hugely impressive Gorey-based Cairde Cheoil Harp Ensemble brings together some of Wexford’s most talented young harpists. There will be award-winning grupaí cheoil from Carrig-on-Bannow, Craanford and Gorey, and a very lively trio of young lads from Taghmon.

With such a fabulous array of talent on offer this is sure to be a St Patrick's Day show to remember. Show duration: 8pm – 11pm (interval 9pm – 9.25pm) Tickets go on sale at the National Opera House at 9am, Wed, Feb 7.

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Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Every now and then a singer comes along that manages to distill time and make the listener feel at once rooted and in touch with the essence of the song. Former Danú front woman Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is one such singer. An award-winning musician from Corca Dhuibhne in West Kerry, albeit one with Ferns blood in her veins, she is a leading exponent of the sean nós style. A childhood spent in the Dingle Peninsula Gaeltacht saw Muireann immersed in a rich cultural environment and a vital living tradition, something which was to be hugely influential on the foundation of her distinctive vocal and instrumental sound. A popular television presenter, Muireann has hosted Gradam Ceoil TG4 and the celebrated traditional music series Port which she co-presents with Scottish singer, Julie Fowlis. Having spent 15 years touring the world, she has decided to return to her roots, raise a family, recharge herself musically and devote herself to her art. Muireann’s new album ‘Foxglove and Fuschia’ is a snapshot in time of an artist comfortable in her immediate environment yet with an eye out for new horizons. The album features a host of traditional music greats including Donogh Hennessy, Dónal O’Connor, Pauline Scanlon, John McSherry and Gerry O’Beirne. "I think she is singing more beautifully than ever, mysterious perfection." Dónal Lunny. Listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrM7RtbebCw

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Gerry O’Beirne is a singer and songwriter and player of 6 and 12 string guitars, tiple, ukulele, slide, National Steel guitar and many other stringed things. He has toured the world as a solo artist and with, to name a few, Sharon Shannon Band, Patrick Street, Midnight Well and The Waterboys. He has performed at the White House, opened for the Grateful Dead, and played electric guitar with Marianne Faithfull. He has written music for film and theatre and appeared on Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGpDUv4Kcwk

Niamh Varian Barry

Niamh Varian-Barry was for a number of years the voice of Solas. Her exceptional voice meant that the band were one of Ireland’s most in-demand acts throughout North America and further afield. Since returning to Ireland Niamh has honed her skills as a classical performer. She is a trained viola and fiddle player and holds a Master of Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is presently Leader of the fabulous Irish Memory Orchestra. Niamh has just completed her debut solo album ‘Wings’. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOwFjybClHM

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Dublin-born, Wexford-based musician Colm Mac Con Iomaire is a violin player, composer, film score arranger, and founding member of hugely successful Irish band The Frames. Colm has spent over two decades touring the world playing music. He released two solo albums to critical acclaim: ‘The Hare’s Corner’ and ‘And Now The Weather’. He has added feature film scores to his repertoire including ‘Dare to Be Wild’ (2015), ‘Out Of Innocence’ (2017) and various TV productions. More recently, his music was featured on BBC's Planet Earth. Recent collaborative works include the 1916 commemorative album 'Starboard Home’ while commissions include Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated ‘Late Afternoon’. Colm has worked with poets, actors and dancers weaving tunes and melody into their work. He performed for the Dalai Lama in Derry at the “Children in Crossfire” anniversary, an organisation of which he is Patron. He is currently in the studio working on his third album due for release this year. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq6RnWiZtEg

Wexford uilleann piper Mark Redmond has toured the World with Riverdance, the Irish Harp Orchestra, Clare Memory Orchestra and Celtic Legends. He has performed as soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Philharmonic in Georgia, USA and the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Rennes. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_6ZKArlNQx9ip2VJNBQHdg

John & Pip Murphy Phil Murphy of south County Wexford invented a unique style of playing traditional dance music on the harmonica. He passed it on to his sons John and Pip. The brothers, long-time standard-bearers for the traditional arts in Co Wexford, nurture and celebrate the rich musical tradition of the area. Both are members, along with Donal Clancy and Benny McCarthy, of the mighty Tin Sandwich Band. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urqDpOgMXU4

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