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Caitlín & Ciarán

On Friday, 24th February 2017 , Brú na Sí were delighted to welcome Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina and dance) and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh (fiddle). On the previous Sunday they had performed at the Gradam Ceol at the Cork Opera House, which had been televised on TG4, and attended by a large contingent of Youghal Comhaltas members. Their appearance had excited us for their concert and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Caitlin and Ciaran

Before the show, Caitlín and Ciarán held a 2 hour workshop for our young performers. 40 pupils from Youghal and Midleton Comhaltas branches learnt a number of new tunes from the pair. A full house at Brú na Sí witnessed an amazing performance by the duo with many of the tunes being Caitlín’s own compositions. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, slow airs, dancing and stories; the show had something for everyone. The concert was the launch night of their forthcoming world tour which takes in Australia and New Zealand in April with dates in Europe also. Based on the evening’s performance, audiences everywhere are in for real treat.

Caitlin dancing

At the end of the show, Caitlín and Ciarán invited the young people who had been involved in the workshop earlier that day to perform with them on stage. A great experience for all of them and something they won’t forget in a hurry. We wish both Caitlín and Ciarán every success on their tour and look forward seeing them again at Brú na Sí very soon.

If you’d like to keep in touch with what the pair are up to, then checkout the following links:

Caitlín Nic Gabhann facbook page
Caitlín and Ciarán’s facebook page

Sliabh Luachra Music & Culture

Our 2017 workshop and concert series started in a wonderful fashion with the visit of the Rockchapel based group Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra, on 28th January.

Sliabh Luachra Workshop

Sliabh Luachra Workshop

The day started at 3pm with over 40 students attending a masterclass group workshop with the Sliabh Luachra members. The students added some of Ireland’s oldest tunes to their repertoire including the Youghal Waltz, one of Ireland’s oldest waltz’s.

Our fantastic volunteers provided food for the workshop students and our visitors and there continued to be a great buzz around the centre when the concert began at 7.30pm. A full house was treated to a performance of the highly acclaimed and award winning show “The Pulses of a Thousand Years” which brought the audience on a journey through the history of Ireland and it’s traditional music, song and dance. During the show, the workshop students were invited to join in with the tunes they had learnt during the day and were praised by the visitors at how quickly they learnt the tunes.

It was obvious to all present that the amount of research that had gone into creating the show had been a massive undertaking and, from talking to the group, new tunes, dances and songs are still being uncovered in areas around the country and beyond.  However, as the group rightly pointed out, unless the tunes are written down, recorded and performed they are at risk of being lost forever.  I’m sure everyone agreed that the evening was both extremely entertaining and very interesting and a must see for anyone interested in the history of traditional music, song and dance in Ireland.

Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra

Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra

Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra dancing

For more information on their show or where they will be performing, take a look at their facebook page or the Sliabh Luachra website.