Clare Festival of Traditional Singing

Féile Amhránaíochta an Chláir

4th-6th JUNE 1999.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Friday, June 4th

Venue: Falls Hotel:

8.00 p.m. OFFICIAL OPENING by Noel Crowley,
County Librarian and Arts Council Member.
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: Jimmy Crowley and Cork City.

Saturday, June 5th

Venue: Ennistymon Library

12.00 noon TWELVE SONGS ON THE TWELFTH
Orange & Green songs on the Battle of Dolly's Brae, 1849.
John Moulden.
Adm. £1.50

Venue: Ennistymon Library

4.00 p.m. 'THO' NOT IN STILE COMPLEAT'
Irish song translated into English.
Dr. Diarmaid Ó Muirithe.
Adm. £1.50

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

8.00 p.m. CONCERT OF TRADITIONAL SINGING
Brían Ó Domhnaill,
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill,
Caitríona Ní Geallabháin,
Peadar Ó Ceannabháin,
Seán Corcoran,
Áine Uí Laoithe,
John Flanagan,
Séamas McFarland,
John Kennedy,
Jimmy Crowley.

M.C. Róisín White.
Admission to Concert £4.00

Sunday, June 6th

Venue: Outside Enistymon Library

12.00 noon OPEN AIR SINGING SESSION
(Weather Permitting)

INFORMAL SINGING SESSIONS THROUGHOUT ENNISTYMON ALL WEEKEND.

Peadar Ó Ceannabháin, Carna, Co. na Gaillimhe.
Is ó cheantar Aíll na Brún a thagann Peadar. D'fhoghlaim sé cuid mhór dá chuid amhráin ó mhuintir na háite, go háirithe a deir sé, ó Sheosamh Ó hÉanoi. Tháinig a chéad diúth-cheirnín amach ánuraidh. Mo Chuid den tSaol. Is cúis áthais dúinn Peadar a bheith I láthair don chéad uair in Inis Díomáin.

Seán Corcoran, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Equally well known as a singer and collector. Séan'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.

Jimmy Crowley, Cork City.
Jimmy's singing is as synonymous with his native Cork city as Frank Harte's is with Dublin. This year he will have time to dwell on what his city means to him and how it influences him. It should be borne in mind however that his repertoire in Irish and English is far more extensive and he is also a fine songmaker.

Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Kells, Co. Meath.
One of the best known voices on the traditional music scene in decades. Although a native of County Meath, Tríona's singing is far more influenced by Co. Donegal and in particular her late aunt Neilí Ní Dhomhnaill of Rann na Feirste. She has recorded with her sister Maighréad and brother Micheál in the seminal group Skara Brae and with other groups such as Nightnoise. The impact she made as a member of the Bothy Band still resonates.

Brian Ó Domhnaill, Anagaire, Co. Dhún na Gall.
Is I mBaile Átha Cliath atá Brian Ionnaithe faoi láthair. Bhíodh spéis aige I gcónaí I gceol uirlise - seinneann sé an fheadóg mhór. Cuireann sé suim ar letih sna hamhráin thraidisiúnta dá cheantar féin. Is ball é ar Choiste Shean-Nós Cois Life. Cuirimid fearadh na fáilte roimhe ar a chéad chuairt "oifigiúil" go hInis Díomáin. Cloistear Brian ar an dlúth-cheirín Seachrán Sí a eisíodh ag deireadh 1998.

John Flanagan, Corofin, Co. Clare.
Now living in Craughwell, Co. Galway, where he works with the forestry, John has been singing in both languages for many years. His public appearances have been few and far between and we are extremely glad to welcome him to Ennistymon.

Caitríona Ní Ghealbháin, An Rinn, Co. Phort Láirge.
Rugadh Caitríona I nGaeltacht Phort Láirge, ar an Sean Phobal. Is scoláire í fós ansin agus seinneann sí an mbosca ceoil. Tá sí ag fás aníos I gceantar ina bhfuil an ceol láidir I measc an aosa óig. Ghlac sí páirt I ndlúth-cheirnín Cois Mara Thoir sa Rinn - ceirnín a rinneadh sa scoil. Is breá Caitríona a chloisteáil anseo in Inis Díomáin.

John Kennedy, Cullybacky, Co. Antrim.
John does not remember a time when music was absent from his life. He has played the pipe for fifty years and also teaches tin whistle. At one time he had a country dance band in his own area. He is an inveterate traveller to fleadhanna ceoil and other singing and music gatherings. An All-Ireland singing champion and lively wit, it is also John's first visit to Ennistymon.

Áine Uí Laoithe, Ceann Trá, Co. Chiarraí.
Ar an Bhlascaod Mhór a rughadh muintir Áine agus anois tá sí ina cónaí I gCeann Trá. Ba fhidléir a hathair agus seinneann Áine an bosca ceoil. Bíonn sí ag casadh 'is ag ceol ag go leor seisiún ina ceantar féin. Is í seo a céad chuairt go Inis Díomáin. Is buaiteori Uíle-Éireann í ag an Fhleadh sa bhliain '83.

Séamas McFarland, Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
At eleven years of age, Séamas is by far the youngest ever guest of the Festival. However, the maturity of his singing bears comparison with performers of any age. He didn't lick it off the ground either; Jim McFarland of Derry is his father.

John Moulden, Portrush, Co. Antrim.
Singer, academic and collector. John is one of the most respected authorities on Irish song in English in the country. He is particularly well known for his work on the great Sam Henry collection. He currently runs Ulstersongs which publishes and distributes books and recordings related to folk song. His talk on The Battle of Dolly's Brae recalls one of the benchmarks in the Orange/Green conflict which took place 150 years ago this year.

Diarmaid Ó Muirithe, New Ross, Co. Wexford.
Lecturer in Irish, authority on Wexford folklore, award-winning broadcaster, compiler of dictionaries and weekly columnist in The Irish Times. Diarmaid has published many books including The Kilmore Carols, and one on macaromic songs (An tAmhrán Macarónach). This weekend he addresses the subject of Irish songs in translation.

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@tinet.ie)

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

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