Clare Festival of Traditional Singing

Féile Amhránaíochta an Chláir
29th-31st MAY 1998.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Friday, May 29th

Venue: Falls Hotel 8.00 pm. OFFICIAL OPENING by Dr. Hugh Shields, T. C. D. Followed by reception sponsored by Ennistymon and District Credit Union.

9.00 pm. A SENSE OF PLACE : North Ulster
An annual series in which singers tell of their songs and where they learned them. This year: Len Graham and North Ulster

Saturday, May 30th

Venue: Ennistymon Library 12.00 noon. THE FOLKSONGS OF EASTERN INDIA. Dr Stan Scott.
Adm. £1.50.

Venue : Ennistymon Library 4.00 pm. 1798 AND THE BALLADMAKERS. Tom Munnelly, U.C.D.
Adm. £1.50

Venue: Teach Ceoil, St. Andrew’s, Church St. 8.00 pm. CONCERT OF TRADITIONAL SINGING
Seán Garvey, Len Graham, Brian Mullins, Máire Ní Uallacháin, Éamonn Ó Donnchú, Mick Scanlon, Stan Scott, Grace Toland, Tess bean Uí Chonghaile, Michael McMahon
Admission to Concert £4.00.

Sunday, May 31st

Venue: Library Forecourt: 12.00 noon Open-Air Singing Session (Weather permitting)

Informal Singing Sessions throughout Ennistymon all Weekend.


Contact: Frances Madigan, Circular Road, Ennistymon. Tel 065 - 7071051 or Tom Munnelly, Miltown Malby. Tel. 065 - 7084365 E-mail munnelly @tinet.ie

The aim of the Festival is to celebrate and
promote the appreciation of unaccompanied
traditional singing.

Participants

Seán Garvey, Kerry. A native of Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry, Seán has been working for many years now in Dublin although much of his repertoire still reflects his birthplace. A singer in English and Irish, unaccompanied or using a choice of several instruments, he has been a prominent figure in the Dublin scene and is much in demand throughout the country. Many will recall Seán’s triumphant participation in Ennistymon in 1991 and look forward to his return this year.

Éamonn Ó Donnuchú, Rath Cairn. Is de bhunaddh Bhaile Átha Cliath é Éamonn, a bhfuil cónaí air anois gar do Ghaeltacht Rath Cairn, Co. na Mí. Tharla gur thug sé cuairt nó dhó ar Leitir Móir agus deir sé gur fhoghlaim sé cuid mhór amhrán sa cheanter sin. Ba é 1997 a bhliain mhór mar bhuaigh sé Comórtas na bhFear, Corn Uí Riada agus Corn Chóil Neaine Pháidín. Casann sé an fheadóg mhór agus bíonn sé ag aisteoireacht fosta. Stíl láidir ceolmhar ag Éamonn. Seo é a chéad chuairt go hInis Díomáin.

Grace Toland, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. Inishowens’s once vibrant singing tradition, (so well documented by Jimmy McBride), is in danger of fading away with the surviving song carriers, most of whom are now advanced in age. This year we welcome Grace Toland who is one of the few young singers aware of the importance of the Inishowen tradition and draws most of her repertoire from it.

Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Co. Lú. Ina cónaì anois i nGleann na bhFiach (Ravensdale), Co. Lú. Tagann an chuid is mó de stór amhráin Eithne ó amhráin Ghaeilge deisceart Uladh, go háirithe ó Árd Mhacha agus ó Cho. Lú. Tà Eithne pòsta leis an gceoltóir Gerry O’ Connor ó Dhún Dealgan. Tá cud mhaith aitheanatais bainte amach acu le roinnt blianta anuas de bharr a mbanna cheoil ‘La Lugh.’ Bhí Eithne linn cheana in Inis Díomáin I 1992.

Mick Scanlon, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. A regular visitor to the festival and a tireless participant in the singing sessions, this is Mick’s first official trip to Ennistymon. He is an organiser of Áonach Paddy O’Brien in Nenagh and a familiar voice in Ennis and Nenagh singer’s clubs. Brian Mullins, Derry. Brian has collected songs in Ulster since his youth from friends such as Eddie Butcher, Geordie Hanna, Joe Holmes and many more. A broadcaster in Irish, he sings exclusively in English. Although known as a fine singer throughout the country, this is his first time to sing in Ennistymon.

Tess Bean Uí Chonghaile, Conamara. Rugadh Tess sa Mháimín, Leitir Móir agus d’fhoghlaim sí a cuid amhrán óna deartháireacha Joe agus Mike. Tá roinnt blianta caite ag Tess i Sasana agus anois cónaíonn sí I Leitir Mucú. Ceolann sí ón chroí agus is féidir í a choisteáil ar a caiséad ‘O Mháimín go Camus’. Is buaiteoir Chomórtas na mBan í san Oireachtas sa bhliain ‘81.

Michael McMahon, Clare. A Miltown Malbay man, Michael is one of the mainstays of musical life in the area. On several nights in any week Michael can be heard singing the songs of the locality or playing the flute for set dancers, if he’s not dancing himself!

Hugh Shields, Belfast/Dublin. Retired professor of medieval French in TCD, Dr. Shields has been a prolific collector throughout Ireland and abroad for decades. He has published copiously over the years and his Shamrock, Rose and Thistle (1981) is a landmark in the publication of Ulster songs. His narrative Singing in Ireland (1993) stands as the most important study of Irish traditional singing published this century.

Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Co. Chorcaí. Rugadh Máire i bhFearann, Co. Chorcaí. B’as Cill na Martra a muintir. Bhíodh Máire i gcónaí ag amhránaíocht agus í óg. Tá sí ag glacadh páirt i gcomórtaisí le cúig bliana anuas agus is buaiteoir Uile-Éireann í. Tá sí gníomhach sa chraobh áitiúil de C. C. É. Fáilte chroíúil roimh Mháire ar a céad cuairt mar aoí go hInis Díomáin. Stan Scott. A student of Indian classical and folk song since 1971, Dr. Scott has performed widely, including Calcutta and Bombay. A frequent visitor to Ireland, he is currently teaching ethnomusicology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Tom Munnelly, Co. Clare. Chairman of Féile Amhrànaíochta an Chláir. Tom is a Dubliner living in Clare for more than 20 years. He is a folklore collector for the Department of Irish Folklore in University College, Dublin.

Committee Members: Tom Munnelly, chairman,; Frances Madigan, secretary; Maureen Rynne, treasurer; Mary Cuddihy, Roisín White.

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