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Traditional Singer in Residence

The Arts Office of Clare County Council is delighted to announce the appointment of two traditional singers as traditional singers in residence for County Clare. Elle Marie O'Dwyer, a young traditional singer from Cork and John Flanagan from Galway will work with the Arts Office to develop programmes and incentives to encourage teenagers to become involved in traditional singing in the county.

'This exciting initiative is we believe, the first of its kind in the country, so once again Clare leads the way in the promotion of traditional arts' says Clare Arts Officer, Siobhán Mulcahy. 'Having singers of the calibre of Elle Marie and John available to us is a tremendous asset to traditional singing in the county and we look forward to working with them over the next 18 months'.

Originally from Corofin, John Flanagan is nephew of the renowned singers Sarah and Rita Keane in Galway. He has travelled the country in his career as a forester learning traditional songs from each area he lived in and he has particular interest in sean-nós singing.

Elle Marie O'Dwyer is a primary school teacher for Co.Cork currently pursuing a Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance. Well known throughout Clare singing circles, she is regarded as one of the foremost singing talents in the country.

Over the next few weeks the singers will be making contact with various groups throughout the county. However, if you have an idea for a workshop, project or an event that involves teenagers you can contact them through the Arts Office 065 6899091 arts@clarelibrary.ie