Clare Festival of Traditional Singing

Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Féile Amhránaíochta an Chláir

2nd - 4th JUNE 2000

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Friday, June 2nd

Venue: Falls Hotel:

8.00 p.m. OFFICIAL OPENING by Nóirín Ní Riaín,
Followed by reception sponsored by Ennistymon and District Credit Union.

9.00 p.m. A SENSE OF PLACE
An annual series in which singers tell of their songs and the area associated with them.
This year : Éamonn Ó Bróithe on "Buí Chnoc na Sló": Knockboy, Co. Waterford.

Saturday, June 3rd

Venue: Ennistymon Library

12.00 noon PSALMS AND RELIGIOUS SONGS OF GAELIC SCOTLAND
Dr. John McInnes, School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh
Adm. £1.50

Venue: Ennistymon Library

4.00 p.m. RELIGIOUS SONGS OF CONNEMARA
Dr. Ríonach Uí Ógáin
Dept. of Irish Folklore, U.C.D.
Adm. £1.50

Venue: Teach Ceoil, St. Andrew's, Church St.

8.00 p.m. CONCERT OF TRADITIONAL SINGING

Sorcha Ní Chéilleachair
John Walsh
Sarah Anne O'Neill
Séamas Ó Dubhgáin
Alison McMorland
Meaití Joe Shéamais
Nellie Weldon
Ann Skelton
Seán Corcoran
Nóirín Ní Riain

M.C. Róisín White

Admission to Concert £4.00

Sunday, June 4th

Venue: Outside Enistymon Library

12.00 noon OPEN AIR SINGING SESSION
(Weather Permitting)

INFORMAL SINGING SESSIONS THROUGHOUT ENNISTYMON ALL WEEKEND

Séamas Ó Dubhgáin, Oileán Thoraí
Rugadh Séamas i mBaile Thoir agus is ann a chonaíonn sé inniu lena bhean Gráinne.  Tugtar 'ceoltóir mór an oileáin' air i dTóraí.  Is iomaí duais a bhuaigh sé agus chonacthas é ag ceol ar TG4.  Cuirimíd fáilte chroíúil roimhe go hÍnis Díomáin.  Séamas lives in Tory Island, Co. Donegal, and is a renowned singer on the island and much further afield.

Sarah Anne O'Neill, Derrytresk, Co. Tyrone
Known throughout Ireland for her generosity in sharing the songs she has picked up in her 80 years, she can still be found at fleadhanna ceoil throughout the country as lively as ever.  Like her brother, the late and much loved Geordie Hanna, Sarah Anne carries a large store of songs from the Lough Neagh shore.

Sorcha Ní Chéilleachair, An Rinn
Rugadh 'is tógadh Sorcha sa Rinn agus is múinteoir scoile anois í i mBaile Átha Cliath.  Tá sí le cloisteáil ar an dlúthchéirnín 'Cois Mara Thoir sa Rinn' agus déanann sí roinnt oibre do chláracha Gaeilge ar TG4.  Fuair sí a cuid amhrán óna mathair agus ina ceantar féin.  Sorcha is among the younger generation of singers.  She learned her songs from her mother, Ann Mulqueen, and in her native Ring.

Seán Corcoran, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Equally well known as a singer and collector.  Seán's work in the gathering of the songs of his native county remains unsurpassed.  A founder member of The Press Gang and currently with the group Cran, his singing, solo and harmony, has been an inspiration to many.  Illness prevented Seán taking part in the Festival last year, so we are doubly glad to have another opportunity to hear him perform.

Nellie Weldon, Dublin
Nellie is not only a singer of songs, but the subject of some beautiful songs written by her late husband, Liam.  With Liam she spent a lifetime listening to country singers and travellers in Dublin and absorbing their repertoires long before there was a revival of interest in these old songs.

Meaití Joe Shéamais Ó Fatharta, Cois Fharraige, Conamara
Is fonnadóir, píobaire, fear fliúite, bailitheoir ceoil agus craoltóir Meaití Joe Shéamais.  Mac le Neain Phaidí, nach maireann is uaithi a thóg sé amhráin go luath ina shaol.  Tá comórtas na bhFear san Óireachtas buaite aige.   Known throughout the country as a broadcaster with RnG, multi-instrumentalist, sports fanatic and fine singer, Meaití Joe brings his many talents to the Festival for the first time.

Alison McMorland, Dunglane, Scotland
A singer long known and highly respected for her performance of Scottish traditional song.  She has appeared on many recordings and her collection of songs for children, The Funny Family, remains a classic.  In her book, Herd Laddie of the Glen, Alison compiled the songs of her friend and mentor, Willie Scott, border shepherd and ballad singer.

Ann Skelton, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
Ann grew up in a Mayo household where music and set dancing played an important social role.  Her main source of songs is her father, John Kelly, although her mother's family were also musical.  She is now a resident of Galway where she lives with her husband, the renowned flute-player, Joe Skelton.

Nóirín Ní Riaín, Newport, Co. Limerick
Thug Nóirín léacht agus chas sí amhráin ag an chéad Féile Amhránaíochta riamh i 1990.  Ó shin i leith tá páirt glactha aici in ócáidí ar fud an domhain.  Chas sí amhráin ag tionól idirnáisiúnta na mban i mBejing, chas sí don chumadóir ceoil avant garde John Cage, agus chas sí don Dalai Lama fiú!   Nóirín makes a welcome return to Ennistymon.  As a world renowned performer of religious songs she is particularly welcome to open the Festival which marks the 2000th anniversary of the foundation of Christianity.

John Walsh, Mullagh, Co. Clare
John is a singer and songmaker.  He learned many of his songs from his father, the late J.C. Walsh, who was a man with a great love of dancing, singing and all forms of enjoyment.  J.C. is still fondly remembered in West Clare and lives on in John's songs.

Éamonn Ó Bróithe, Baile Átha Cliath agus Gaillimh
Amhránaí den chéad scoth é Éamonn a bhfuil an-chuid déanta aige chun filíocht agus amhráin na Mumhan (agus, go háirithe, An Rinn) a chur ós comhair an phobal.  A regular visitor to the Festival, Éamonn this year will share his enthusiasm for the songs of Waterford which he has studied and performed for decades.

John McInnes, School of Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
Son of a minister from Uig on the Island of Skye.  Although now retired from university life, Dr. McInnes continues his interest in all aspects of Scottish Gaelic culture.  He has collected widely and written extensively on the lore and song of his native Hebrides and Gaelic culture in general.

Ríonach Uí Ógáin, Dept. of Irish Folklore, University College, Dublin
Is duine de phríomh-saineolaithe an tsean-nóis í an Dr. Uí Ógáin.  Tá bailiúcháin fairsing amhráin déanta aici agus an-chuid taifeadtaí agus leabhair foilsithe aice ar an ábhar.  Is cnuasach é a leabhar is deireannaí, Faoi Rothaí na Gréine, d'amhráin Chonamara a bhailigh Máirtín Ó Cadhain ina óige.   Ríonach is a leading authority in the field of traditional song in Irish and a frequent visitor to the Ennistymon Festival.


Committee Members:
Róisín White, Chairperson; Frances Madigan, Secretary; Maureen Rynne, Treasurer; Mary Cuddihy; Anthony Edwards and Tom Munnelly.

Contact: Frances Madigan, Circular Road, Ennistymon, Tel. 065 - 7071051 or,
Tom Munnelly, Miltown Malbay, Tel. 065 - 7084365 (E-mail munnelly@eircom.net)

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

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