Fleadh documentary on BBC One Northern Ireland

A new BBC One Northern Ireland documentary goes behind the scenes of the Fleadh, which attracted 430,000 visitors to Derry this year.

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.

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The film also features a number of competitors from overseas, including Britain’s reigning Céilí band champions, St Rochs from Glasgow, as they compete for the senior ceili band title

Producer Sean McGuire said; “It was a pleasure and a privilege to work on this film. I was blown away time and again by the sheer talent of the young musicians I met and filmed with – not to mention the incredible support and dedication shown by their families.”

Fleadh

BBC Northern Ireland

Monday 2nd December, 10.35pm

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