Mícheál Ó Catháin - Early Irish Harp & Voice

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Mícheál Ó Catháin

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Mícheál Ó Catháin (early Irish harp and vocals) plays a model of Dennis O'Hampsey's Downhill harp which is a specific design from the north Derry area. Drawing on the repertoire of O'Hampsey, the oldest of the harpers present at the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival, Míchéal will explore the interplay of harp and voice informed by his background in the sean-nós singing tradition.

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kathleenLoughnane - harp

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kathleenLoughnane

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Kathleen a native of Nenagh Co Tipperary has had an interest in researching and arranging music for the harp since her early teens. She co founded Dordan whose mix of Irish and baroque music received wide acclaim, resulting in the National Entertainments Award for traditional music, followed by the Bank of Ireland award for the same.. She has recorded 4 cds with Dordan and subsequently has recorded 4 solo cds and accompanying books of her harp arrangements All received critical acclaim. She has written and recorded several new compositions and was commissioned n 1999 by the National University of Ireland Galway to write an anthem to commemorate it's 150th anniversary.Kathleen also teaches harp and has given workshops and master classes in Ireland, Scotland Japan, the US,Britain, Denmark and Germany
She currently directs the Harp workshops and concert at the Willie Clancy School and is a regular teacher/performer at the Catskills Irish Festival in New York State and at Féile na gCruitirí harp festival in Termonfeckin Co Louth.. Please type 200 - 500 words about yourself -

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Helen Diamond - Fiddle player and singer

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Helen Diamond

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Helen is singer and fiddle player from Dublin. She has strong family links with the north of Ireland and from an early age was drawn to the style of singers such as Rosie Stewart, Róisín White, Cathal McConnell, Gabriel McCardle and Len Graham. She sings mostly unaccompanied English language songs in a traditional style. Helen's influences on the fiddle include Ronan Galvin, James Byrne and Paul O' Shaughnessy.

Helen has performed on RTÉ radio and television and at events such as the Session with the Pipers, Inishowen Singer’s Circle, Joseph Browne Spring School, Electric Picnic, North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (Aberdeen and Derry), Young Irish Musicians festival (Minnesota) and Copenhagen Irish Festival. She performed and recorded in duet with singer Vincent Doherty (The High Walls of Derry, 2013) and can also be heard on the Tunes in the Church CD (2010).

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The Bird Song Project - Traditional Song

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The Bird Song Project

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The Connaught Bird Song Concert (In association with 'Tunes in the Church')

Featuring singers Tim Lyons, Mary McPartlan, Anne Skelton, Brian O'Rourke, Martin Ryan and Johnny Mháirtín Learaí.

8pm, Saturday the 23rd of May 2015.
St Nicholas Collegiate Church, Lombard Street, Galway City. (The ‘Tunes in the Church’ Venue) 
More info at www.thebirdsongproject.com 
Admission €5. (Includes tour of church) Monies taken at the door.

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The Bird Song Project has being devised and produced by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune for Bealtaine 2015. The project will see Michael and Aileen work with 33 older traditional singers throughout the island on the collection, research and performance of songs, from within the Irish tradition, which feature or reference birds or birdsong.

The resulting bird songs will be performed at five concerts which will take place in the four provinces of Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connaught with a fifth concert in Dublin. Sixteen Traditional Singing Circles were also invited and have become part of the wider project by hosting their own bird song themed night during the month of May 2015.

It is estimated that between the concerts and Singing Circle nights, over 300 songs in relation to birds will be sung across the country in May. All of the concerts plus the Singing Circle events will be recorded and made available on the project website in June 2015. The project has been commissioned by Age and Opportunity/BEALTAINE 2015 with the support of the Irish Traditional Music Archive and The National Library of Ireland.

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The other Bird Song Concerts include:

The Leinster Bird Song Concert
Wed 6th of May, The National Library,
Kildare Street, Dublin City, 7.30pm. Adm. €5

Featuring Paddy Berry, Phil Berry, John O’Byrne,
Mary O'Brien, Alannah O’Kelly, Gerry Cullen
and Páidrigín Ní Uallachaín.

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The Ulster Bird Song Concert
Sat 9th of May, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin,
37 Mórshráid Shéamais, Derry City, 8pm. Adm. £4

Featuring John Tunney, Brigid Tunney,
Jim MacFarland, Jackie Boyce, Grace Toland,
Rita Gallagher and Maurice Leyden.

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The Dublin Bird Song Concert
Wed 13th of May, The National Library,
Kildare Street, Dublin City, 7.30pm. Adm. €5

Featuring Luke Cheevers, Niamh Parsons,
Francie Devine, Tony McGaley, Tom Finn,
Eugene McEldowney and Anne Buckley.

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The Munster Bird Song Concert
Sat 16th of May, Cúl Na Smear Hall,
Cúl Na Smear, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, 8pm.
Adm. €5

Featuring Tim Dennehy, Larry Joy, Senan Lillis,
Máire Ní Chéileachair, Ann Mulqueen
and Michéal Marrinan.

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Please visit www.thebirdsongproject.ie to find out more about the 16 Singing Circle Events also.

If you have any questions please contact Michael on 087 6470247 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Claire Egan and Eoin O'Neill - Fiddle and Accordion

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Claire Egan and Eoin O'Neill

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London born, County Clare based fiddle player Claire Egan was born into a family of musicians and artists from the West of Ireland and has been immersed in the music from listening to the recordings of the Master musicians from the 1920's as well as the wealth of great musicians from Ireland living in London such as Bobby Casey, Brian Rooney, John Carty and many others. She has been hugely influenced and inspired by fiddle player and teacher Brendan Mulkere in London. Claire went on to win several competitions as well as other prizes and awards including the Young Artists Award from the Irish Youth Foundation to assist with her studies including a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her music is regularly heard on BBC radio, RTE, RnaG, and International broadcasts. She has played on several soundtracks and appeared on various television shows and recorded with various singer/songwriters, upcoming composers, ensembles and Orchestras throughout the world. Claire is also well regarded teacher and teaches internationally throughout the year including yearly festivals such as the Willie Clancy Summer School, Milltown, Co. Clare. Her debut album 'The Green Window', under the recording label Raelach Records is of critical acclaim.

Accordionist, Eoin O'Neill, hails from Adrahan, Co. Galway where he was steeped in Traditional music. Several great influencial musicians from the area include the great Joe Cooley, Oliver and Raymond Roland and Charlie Harris with whom he later went on to share and learn music from. His music is also greatly inspired by the recordings of 1920's musicians including P.J. Conlon, also a native of Co.Galway who immigrated to USA. Eoin is a regular tutor and performer at yearly festivals throughout Ireland and abroad and his music has been heard on RnaG, RTE and other national and international broadcasts . He regularly collaborates with musicians from Ireland and the UK.

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