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Local Acts Shine at Arts Centre

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Traditional musicians and singers from throughout Co Wexford converged on Wexford Arts Centre On Sept 16 for The Best of Comhaltas Concert. Hosted by Loch Garman Comhaltas the aim of the evening was to present a showcase of the best of the county’s traditional music and song. Needless to say, a show such as this is only ever going to have time to focus on a selection of the many wonderful musicians and singers of which the county can boast. However, taken as a snapshot of the health of traditional music in Wexford today, this concert showed that the standard has never been higher, especially among younger musicians. 

The show opened with young musicians from Taghmon, Crossabeg, Shelmalier and Curracloe showing off their skills. The venerable Paddy Berry sang a couple of songs, one about Nicky Rackard, the other about Paddy and The Whale. Award-winning bi-lingual poet Máire Ní Bhriain read three poems: The Visiting Cat Discovers Sean-Nós, Blas, Revenge. Ballymitty harpist Shelly O’Grady enchanted the house with a couple of beautiful tunes. Kathleen Wickham (flute), Kevin Whitty (mandolin, tin whistle) and Paddy Fortune (guitar) may go by the name No Direction, but once they picked up their instruments they knew exactly where they were going! Kevin’s Bannow Bay on whistle was a poignant affair. Next act onstage, was, for many, a highlight of the evening when seven of the county’s top uilleann pipers blasted through a couple of sets. The Magnificent Seven, which included the talented young Eoin Doyle, performed a set of jigs (Garrett Barry’s and The Lark in the Morning) followed by a set of hornpipes (The Boys of Bluehill and Heart & Home). Fear an Tí, Matt Murphy, was joined for a set of tunes and songs by his colleagues in the Bridge Folk & Trad Group (see pic above: Kevin Murphy - whistle, flute; Statia Boyce - whistle, flute; Tony Boyce - guitar, banjo; Tony Durack - accordion). Statia Boyce’s tin whistle playing on Longing For Home was hauntingly beautiful. Mattie, himself, showed why he is in such demand on the traditional singing circuit when he launched into a raunchy Red Haired Mary. If ever a song is assured of full house participation it is this one! Gorey singer Rachel Ní Fhaoláin sang a lovely lament, An Mhaighdean Mhara, while Tom Coffey was warming up his pipes. Tom was accompanied by son Rory on banjo for his set. The fine playing of the young Reville quartet from Bannow was accompanied by an infectious good humour. Tuaisceart Comhaltas was represented by their All-Ireland Fleadh medal-winning U18 Céilí band crew. Their bodhrán supremo, Paddy Doyle, delighted the audience with a wonderful solo performance. With the clock running down Tuaisceart was joined by as many of the evening’s musicians as could be fitted on stage for a rousing finale set. Sean nós dancer Annmarie Nolan found a few square inches and rattled the floorboards into submission!

With the excellence of musicianship and the diversity on offer this was an evening which was as rewarding for those participating as it was was for the audience. Tá an spiorad dúchasach beo beathach i Loch Garman! 

 

Final call for Seán Ó Riada: Comórtas do Bhonn Óir 2017

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Peadar Ó Riada has put out a final call for entries for the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition 2017, which closes this Friday (Sept 29).
 
This year the competition is open to metal reed instruments – consairtín, bosca ceoil, mileoidean, orgán béil agus araile.
 
15 musicians will be invited to take part in the final at Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on 2 February, 2018. The winner will receive €2500 and the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal.
 
"We’re very excited about this year’s competition," said Peadar Ó Riada, "and the quality of entries so far is excellent ... I’ll be announcing the shortlist on my Cuireadh chun Ceoil programme on Raidió na Gaeltachta on 1 December, and we’ll be looking forward then to the final in February."
 
To enter, musicians must record 5 pieces of music and upload them to www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie
 
Ba é Cormac Begley a bhuaigh an comórtas an uair dheireanach go raibh na huirlisí seo i gceist, ceithre bliana ó shin.
 
Over the next few months Peadar will play some of the best entries on his weekly traditional music programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (7pm, Fridays). Listeners can also register at www.cuireadhchunceoil.ie to hear the entries.

Éist le South East Radio!

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Listen to the best in Irish trad and folk music on South East Radio. Ceol an Domhnaigh with Paddy Ryan goes out Sundays 7-8.30pm. Sounds Irish is presented by Seamus Coleman Thursdays 8-9pm (with the The GAA Show).

Honorary Doctorate for Labhrás Ó Murchú

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The Ardstiúrthóir of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Labhrás Ó Murchú has been conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Dublin City University. This is in recognition of his lifelong service and achievements in the promotion of Irish culture and the promotion of Ireland’s interests at home and abroad.

In addition to his role in Comhaltas, Labhrás is also Chairman of the Irish Family History Foundation and Chairman of Fondúireacht an Phiarsaigh. As a member of Seanad Éireann for 19 years, he was spokesperson for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht.

He has previously received the Dublin Civic Honour Award; Gradam an Phiarsaigh; Tipperary Person of the Year Award; and was the first person to receive a Civic Reception by Tipperary County Council.

Labhrás is married to Úna Ní Rónáin of Kilmaley, Co. Clare. Úna is director of the Brú Ború cultural centre in Cashel.

Good day at The Fleadh

Well done to everyone at yesterday's County Fleadh Cheoil in Carrig-on-Bannow. There were loads of great performances right across the board. Our groups where amazing with all the hard work of the past few months shining through on stage.
 First Second & Third recommend placings going through to the Leinster Fleadh in Ballymahon:
Reece Monaghan u12 Bodhran
Eoin Doyle u15 Banjo
Rory Kavanagh u15 Flute
Darragh Doyle u15 Bodhran
Alex Walsh u18 Singing
Rosie Piero Doyle u15 Harp Slow Airs
Caoimhe Breen u12 Bodhran
Rory Kavanagh u18 Tin Whistle
Olivia Walsh U18 Harp
Seana Redmond Senior Concertina
Rory Kavanagh u18 Flute
Alex Walsh u18 Miscellaneous
Sinéad O'Reilly u12 Harp
Rory Kavanagh u18 Uilleann pipes
Alex Walsh u18 Flute Slow Airs
John Whelan u15 Lilting
John Whelan u15 Singjng
Matt Murphy Senior Men's Singing
Maitiú MacShiurtain (Matthew Jordan) is our youngest member going through to the Leinsters having qualified in U9 Comhrá. Maith thú a bhuachaill!
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Comhaltas

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Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century.

An Tobar: Ionad Gaeilge agus Cultúir

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Is Ionad Gaeilge agus Cultúir é An Tobar atá suite i mBaile Loch Garman. Tá idir eagraíochtaí ceoil, Gaeilge, damhsa agus amhránaíochta lonnaithe ag An Tobar.

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