Fiachna Ó Mongáin plays 3 jigs on accordion. Fiachna comes from Dumha Thuama in the Mayo Gaeltacht, and received the Young Musician of the Year Award in 2007. His style is greatly influenced by that of the great Joe Cooley from Gort, Co. Galway.
Actor Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, Braveheart, Gangs of New York) will take up his fiddle for a 10-date tour of Ireland in January, with flute and uilleann pipe player Michael McGoldrick, Dirk Powell on banjo and fiddle, and Francis Gaffney on guitar. The programme will mix Irish traditional music with Cajun, Appalacian and American Old-Time.
The documentary, which will be shown on BBC One next Monday, December 2, at 10.35pm, follows young competitors as they take part in the histoiric Fleadh. Among the musicians featured are Una, a young saxophonist; seven members of the McKenna family, and banjo player Tomas Quinn. It also features composer Lorcán MacMathúna and his work on the specially commissioned piece, ‘From the River to the Sea,’ which opened the Fleadh in a ceremony in St Columb’s Cathedral.
Irish group the Chieftains have been awarded with an honorary degree from DIT for their role as cultural ambassadors. The group has been in existence for over 50 years and has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, James Galway, Bon Iver and Imelda May.
“It’s wonderful for The Chieftains to be recognised individually as well as collectively with this kind of tribute,” said founder member and uilleann piper Paddy Moloney.
24 – 30 august 2009
Centre de Vacances les Méliades,
Lanau, 15260 NEUVEGLISE
Following the success of last year’s event, Tradschool will organise intensive Irish music workshops, over 7 days with full board, at the Centre de Vacances les Méliades (south Cantal, between Aveyron and Lozère – the centre of France, with access from Lyon, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpellier, Bordeaux and Paris)
Tradschool Summer Workshops 2009 (1.74 MB)
Irish Fiddler. Born in London of parents from Co. Sligo, Kevin Burke started playing fiddle at the age of 8. He developed a virtuosic playing style influenced by that of Sligo. He replaced Tommy Peoples in The Bothy Band, and recorded two albums with Michael O’Domhnaill.
Altan is an Irish music group, playing traditional music in the Donegal style. The group was formed in the early 90s, after an album by founding members Frankie Kennedy (Irish flute) and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (fiddle), Ceol Aduaidh (“music from the North” in Irish gaelic)
Mary Bergin was born in Dublin in 1949, and starded playing the whistle at the age of 9, after hearing Willie Clancy (Uilleann Pipes) in concert. She moved to Spiddal, where she still lives today. She plays with Alec Finn (De Danann) and the group Dordan, and teaches the whistle.
Born in 1932, in Cloonfeighrin, Co Mayo, near the Sligo border, Roger Sherlock started playing on a Clarke whistle. He emigrated to London in 1953, and played with all the big names of that period; he recorded for Raidio Eirinn’s Job of Journeywork, and played with the Dunloe, Hibernian et Thatch Ceili Bands. He returned to live in Ireland in 1996.