Comhaltas Tour of Ireland Concert 2015 - "Macalla na hÃireann"
This yearâs line up is as follows;
Sean Ã SÃ© (Cork) - Fear aâTÃ / Singer / Narrator,
Alice Fitzgerald (Waterford) âSinger / Narrator,
Tim Doyle (Dublin) â Uileann Pipes, GrÃ¡inne Nic GhiobÃºin (Limerick) â Harp,
Vincent Murphy (Wexford) â Accordion, Paul Clesham (Mayo) â Concertina,
George McAdam (Monaghan) â Banjo, FiÃ³na Nic Conmara (Dublin) â Fiddle,
Sarah Oâ Gorman (Waterford) â Fiddle, SÃ©amus Tierney (Cavan) â Flute,
Jana McCarthy-Kent (Waterford) â Tin Whistle / Flute,
SÃ©amus Ã Flathartha (Galway) â Dancer / Harp
Darragh Hurley (Kerry) â Dancer, Carla NÃ hAinifÃ©in (Kerry) â Dancer,Eddie Murphy (Limerick) â Manager
Macalla na hÃireann Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland presents Echoes of 1916
Le Fear Aâ TÃ SeÃ¡n Ã SÃ© Togha Ceoil le Rogha AmhrÃ¡naÃochta agus Rince TraidisiÃºnta na hÃireann in OmÃ³s do ÃirÃ Amach na CÃ¡sca 1916 Macalla na hÃireann brings over two hours of the best of traditional entertainment to a wide range of venues and a wider range of audiences. These concerts illustrate the scope of the various traditional art forms- all aspects of solo and group virtuoso instrumental music, songs as Gaeilge and traditional ballads, various forms of traditional
dancing and the art of storytelling and recitation. Fear Aâ TÃ for Macallla na hEireann 2015 is the legendary singer and raconteur SeÃ¡n Ã SÃ© who needs no introduction to audiences throughout Ireland and the world over. Alice Fitzgerald , singer and narrator is a tour veteran who hails from Dungarvan. The line up of musicians includes many reigning All Ireland Champions and previous All- Ireland prize-winners are as follows: SÃ©amus Tierney (flute/whistle) from Cavan, Vincent Murphy, Wexford (button accordion), Paul Clesham from Mayo (concertina and piano), Sarah Oâ Gorman, Waterford, and Fiona Mc Namara, Dublin, on fiddles, George Mc Adams from Monaghan (banjo), Tim Doyle (Uilleann Pipes) from Dublin, GrÃ¡inne Nic GhiobÃºin (Harp) from Limerick, Jana Mc Carthy Kent )whistle and flute) from Waterford, SÃ©amus Ã Flatharta, harp and dancer from Galway and champion dancers Darragh Hurley and Carla Hanafin from Tralee. This yearâs Comhaltas tour includes a presentation which commemorates through our Irish song, music and dance, with narration, the long sequence of events that led to the 1916 Rising. Comhaltas, a recipient of the Eurpean Citizenâs Prize has been a powerful force in bringing people of different politics and creeds together. It has been a bridge between communities and has 420 branches worldwide promoting the music, song, dance and language of Ireland. Comhaltas has 18 cultural centres, including 7 Regional Centres throughout Ireland complementing the voluntary CCÃ structures, involving upwards on 50,000 volunteers. Macalla na hÃireann 2015 is sponsored by Bus Ãireann
Irish Tour 2015 Artists
SeÃ¡n Ã SÃ© (Fear aâ TÃ, AmhrÃ¡naÃ, Reacaire)
AmhrÃ¡naÃ atÃ¡ clÃº agus cÃ¡il air in Ãirinn agus thar lear is ea SeÃ¡n Ã SÃ©. SeÃ¡n, from Bantry in West Cork, first achieved fame with his hit version of An Poc ar Buile which he recorded with SeÃ¡n Ã Riada and which, fifty years later, is still in demand. With CeoltÃ³irÃ Chualann he was part of the exciting Ã Riada years in the sixties, which blazed a new trail for Irish music and song. Other major recordings from that period include The Banks of My own Lovely Lee (with the RTESO) and BhÃ Bean Uasal (Carrigfergus). Since Ã Riadaâs death in 1971 SeÃ¡n has appeared regularly on RTÃ on such programmes as The Late Late Show, The Gay Byrne Hour, Saturday Live, CeilÃ House and Live at Three. He has recorded several albums, including Songs of Cork and Kerry, BabarÃ³, Bantry on Song, and Heritage with Donal Lunny. There followed The Green Road with the Turloughmore CÃ©ilÃ Band and more recently two albums with Peadar Ã Riada â Idir ChÃºm ThÃ³la agus CÃºil Aodha and the highly acclaimed Through Banks of Mist. In 2010 a CCÃ tribute CD, Idir Shean agus Nua, was launched at Fleadh Cheoil na Ãireann in Cavan.
Since 2005 SeÃ¡n has toured frequently with Comhaltasâ Macalla na hÃireann in Ireland, Britain, the USA and Moscow. He has also performed with the Cashel based BrÃº BorÃº Group at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai and at World Expo 2015 in Milan. In 2011 as part of a Comhaltas Group he performed in Havana, Cuba, which included a memorable concert in the National Theatre of Cuba. Also in 2015 he represented Ireland at The Celtic Colours International Folk Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
On Thursday 1 October 2015, SeÃ¡nâs autobiography An Poc ar Buile â The Life and Times of SeÃ¡n Ã SÃ©, co-written with Cork author Patricia Ahern, will be launched by Peadar Ã Riada at The Cork Opera House on the opening Night of the Cork Folk Festival.
Alice Fitzgerald (AmhrÃ¡naÃ, Reacaire)
Is âsna DÃ©ise atÃ¡ cÃ³naÃ ar Alice Fitzgerald, atÃ¡ sÃ¡ite sa cheol agus Comhaltas sa dÃºiche sin le fada. Alice, from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and originally from Co. Tipperary, comes from a musical family. She has been a prizewinner many times with KCK (Kilgobnet, Colligan and Kilbrien) Drama Group on the Festival Circuit. A member of Dungarvan Comhaltas, she has produced SeisiÃºn in Lawlor's Hotel, Dungarvan for many years and is well-known in Comhaltas circles and Singers' Clubs around the country.
Paul Clesham (ConsairtÃn, PianÃ³)
CeoltÃ³ir atÃ¡ an-chuid dÃºiseanna bainte amach aige is ea Paul Clesham. Paul, from Hollymount, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, plays fiddle, accordion, melodeon, concertina and piano. He has won six All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles in melodeon, concertina, accompaniment and grÃºpaÃ ceoil, the SeÃ¡n Ã RÃada and Mary V. Hart memorial prizes in UCC, a scholarship to the Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA, and gold and silver medals for piano at the World Championships of Performing Arts, Los Angeles. Paul performs with Celtic Steps and Officially Tapped, has played in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Greece, and Sweden, and with the grÃºpa ceoil and cÃ©ilÃ band in his local Comhaltas branch in Mayo.
Tim Doyle (PÃob Uileann)
Thosaigh an pÃobaire Tim Doyle ag seinnt ar an bfheadÃ³g nuair a bhÃ sÃ© fÃ³s ina ghasÃºr. Tim Doyle is an uilleann piper from Shankill, Co. Dublin. Growing up in musical family, he started playing the tin whistle at a young age and then progressed to the uilleann pipes; he also plays the fiddle and concertina. He has won prizes at Fleadh Cheoil na hÃireann on both tin whistle and uilleann pipes, including first place in the 15-18 uilleann pipes dance tunes and slow airs in 2009. He was part of the Comhaltas group that toured Cuba in 2011, and has played in numerous venues/music festivals across Ireland and abroad.
Carla Hanafin (Rinceoir)
Is rinceoir as Condae ChiarraÃ Ã Clara Hanafin, a ghlacann pÃ¡irt in an-chuid taispeÃ¡ntaisÃ in Ãirinn agus i bhfad Ã³ bhaile. Clara, from Tralee, has danced since she was four with RinceoirÃ na RÃochta, performing in England, Scotland, Portugal and the USA, and competing at National, European and World levels. Taught by Jimmy Smith, Honor Flynn, TrÃona Breen and Miriam Oâ Sullivan is a member of SÃamsa TÃre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, and has performed in various shows including San Am FadÃ³, OileÃ¡n and Clann Lir. She most recently danced as part of the opening act for the Rose Ball 2015 at the festival of Kerry.
Darragh Hurley (Rinceoir)
Is rinceoir Ã³g Ã© Darragh Hurley, atÃ¡ an-taithÃ aige ar bheith pÃ¡irteach i gcomÃ³rtaisÃ agus taispeantaisÃ. Darragh, from Co. Kerry, is a student at GaelcholÃ¡iste ChiarraÃ. He is a member of Siamsa TÃre, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, and of RinceoirÃ na RÃochta where he is taught by Triona Breen. He was in the top ten at the World Championships in 2011 where he received a world medal. In 2014 he travelled to Lorient, France and performed at the Festival Inter-Celtique.
George McAdam (BainseÃ³, MaindilÃn)
Is as teaghlach atÃ¡ sÃ¡ite sa cheol a thagann George McAdam, agus an-bhaint aige le ceol traidisiÃºnta i MuineachÃ¡n agus Ulaidh. From Co. Monaghan, George plays banjo, mandolin and cÃ©ilÃ drums. He has won many All Ireland titles at Fleadhanna, most recently in Senior Banjo and Mandolin competitions in Sligo in 2015. His two sisters, Claire and Ursula, are also accomplished musicians. He tutors cÃ©ilÃ bands representing Monaghan at county, provincial and All-Ireland levels, taught banjo at the 2015 Willie Clancy Summer School, and teaches music in several centres in Monaghan, Armagh and Dublin. He plays drums with the Blackwater CÃ©ilÃ Band representing Ulster for the first time at the 2015 All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo.
Jana McCarthy-Kent (FeadÃ³g, FeadÃ³g MhÃ³r)
DÃ©iseach Ã Jana, a sheinneann ceol clasaiceach agus traidisiÃºnta ar roinnt ÃºirlisÃ. Jana is from Tramore in Co. Waterford and plays flute, tin whistle, uilleann pipes and saxophone in classical, traditional and jazz music. She has won several competitions including Feis Cheoil in classical flute and Fleadh Cheoil, flute airs and whistle; a duet performance prize in Meitheal 2015 to perform at the 2016 Fleadh Nua in Ennis; and classical and traditional competitions at Corkâs Feis MaitiÃº. Janaâs musical influences include Michael McGoldrick, Paddy Keenan, Brian Finnegan, Alan Doherty and Catherine McEvoy.
Vincent Murphy (Bosca Ceoil, Mileoideon)
Dâfhoghlaim Vincent Murphy a chuid ceoil in a theaghlach fÃ©in, go mÃ³r-mhÃ³r Ã³n a sheanathair. Vincent comes from Annagh near Gorey, a stronghold of Irish traditional music in north Wexford. From an early age his parents Vinny and Liz Murphy (neÃ© Bass) encouraged him to start playing music. Vincent learnt his early music from his grandfather Johnny Bass, a well-known box/melodeon player, and he is also strongly influenced by his uncles, John Bass (box) and Pat Bass (banjo). He has done numerous recordings for Raidio na Gaeltachta and RTÃ1 CÃ©ilÃ House, playing in a traditional north Wexford box style. Vincent has won many awards at Fleadh Cheoil na hÃireann, including U12 melodeon (2008), All-Ireland button accordion (2009 and 2011) and 15-18 in 2014.
FÃona Nic Conmara (Fidil)
As Seanchill, Baile Ã¡tha Cliath Ã FÃona Nic Conmara, a seinneann ceol traidisiÃºnta agus clasaiceach, agus atÃ¡ an-ghnÃomhach i Craobh Chualann CCÃ. A multi-instrumentalist in traditional and classical music, she plays tin whistle, flute and fiddle and has won awards including U-18 All-Ireland Whistle Slow Airs (2009), and other All-Ireland awards in Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Trio, Senior Duet, GrÃºpaÃ eoil and CÃ©ilÃ Band competitions. FÃona has performed at national and international events in Wales, Bordeaux and Alicante, organised and hosted CÃ©ilÃ House in ColÃ¡iste PhÃ¡draig, Droim Conrach, and her local SeisiÃºn summer group. FÃona teaches fiddle and grÃºpa ceoil to members of Craobh Chualann CCÃ branch and is head of music in her school.
GrÃ¡inne Nic GhiobÃºin (Cruit)
As Condae LuimnÃ Ã GrÃ¡inne Nic GhiobÃºin, agus is ceoltoir Ã a chumann a ceol fÃ©inig anois is arÃs. GrÃ¡inne, from Banogue, Co. Limerick, is the current All-Ireland Senior Harp Champion and was the 15-18 All-Ireland Champion 2013. She is a very active member of Castleconnell-Ahane-Herbertstown CCÃ and is a member of GrÃºpa Ceoil Knockfennel, runners-up in Senior GrÃºpa Ceoil competition in Sligo 2015. She enjoys composing: Knockfennel played one of her slip-jigs as part of their performance at the All-Ireland and she played her own jig as part of her solo performance in Sligo. She has also won numerous county ScÃ³r na nÃg titles as part of music and ballad groups.
SÃ©amus Ã Flatharta (Cruit, BodhrÃ¡n, Rinceoir)
Is as Connemara Ã© SÃ©amus Ã Flatharta, amhrÃ¡naÃ, rinceoir agus ceoltÃ³ir Ã³ chlann atÃ¡ an-suim acu sa cheol. SÃ©amus is from Ardmore in Connemara: he followed his older brothers into traditional music, taking up tin whistle, sean-nÃ³s singing and harp and winning All Ireland titles for Irish and English singing, whistle, harp, slow airs and team dancing. A member of West Coast GrupaÃ Ceoil â Trad in the West, Renvyle SeisiÃºn, Roundstone Irish Nights, and CeoltÃ³irÃ an Iarthair â he attends Galwayâs McBride School of Irish Dancing, competing at National and World levels. He has been involved in the production of two CDs, The Mermaid's Purse and Connemara Magic. SÃ©amus is particularly influenced by his current teachers, Holly Geraghty (harp), Eileen O'Malley (whistle), MicheÃ¡l Ã Cuaig (Sean nÃ³s) and Marie Walsh (group).
Sarah OâGorman (Fidil)
Is fidlÃ©ir DÃ©iseach Ã Sarah OâGorman, atÃ¡ n-chuid dÃºiseanna bainte amach aici. Sarah, from Waterford, has won the Junior Fiddler of Dooney Competition (2013), first place in U18 All-Ireland Fiddle (2014), and 2nd place in the U18 Slow Airs Fiddle (2015). She toured Sweden and Scotland in 2012 with a group of Clare musicians, and in 2013 was one of a group winning the overall award in Meitheal Summer School, performing in the National Concert Hall, the Irish World Academy, and Derryâs Guild Hall. A support act for We Banjo 3 and DanÃº in 2014, Sarah teaches fiddle and helps to run the Sunday session in her local Comhaltas branch, performing with CÃºl Cheoil for Comhaltas Summer shows in Dungarvanâs Park Hotel. Sarah is the Meitheal Summer School nominee for this tour.
SÃ©amus Tierney (FeadÃ³g MhÃ³r, FeadÃ³g)
As Chondae an ChabhÃ¡in Ã© SÃ©amus Tierney, a sheinneann ceol traidisiÃºnta agus clasaiceach. SÃ©amus, who is from Cavan, performs with the local CCÃ SeisiÃºn shows and teaches the flute and tin whistle. Taught by Caitriona Cullivan, Karen Walsh and Pat Tierney, he has achieved second place in senior flute at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Sligo and has won 12-15 and 15-18 All-Ireland titles on both flute and tin whistle, along with many other medals at provincial and All-Ireland levels. He won the Junior Music Solo competition at the All-Ireland RÃ©adÃ³irÃ 2010 and received a Royal Irish Academy high achieverâs award for classical piano and the Peadar CillÃn medal for the highest mark in Leaving Certificate Music 2013.
Eddie Murphy (Bainisteoir)
Is as Luimneach an Bainisteoir, Eddie Murphy, fear atÃ¡ an-ghÃomhach i gComhaltas le dachad bliain anuas. Eddie, from Cappamore, Co. Limerick, is from a family involved in music and CCÃ for many years. Secretary of Murroe/Cappamore CCÃ, he and his wife Margaret have been working at Fleadhanna and various CCÃ events for over twenty years, and he is a key member of Scoil Ãigseâs management team. Well known at Munster Provincial and All-Ireland Fleadhanna as Call Steward for GrupaÃ Cheoil and CeilÃ Band competitions, he has managed the Macalla na hÃireann Tour of Ireland (2011), Echoes of Erin British and North American tours (2012), Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland tour performing Michael Rooneyâs Boroimhe Suite. He will also manage the Orchestra tour of Britain and Ireland with the Macalla Suite in 2016.
Elligotts (TrÃ¡ LÃ) Teicneoir Fuaime
ArÃs i mbliana tÃ¡imid buÃoch as seirbhÃsÃ teicniÃºla Ã³ chomhlacht McElligotts TrÃ¡ LÃ. Mc Elligotts of Tralee continue to provide sound technical services for the CCÃ Tour of Ireland.
Macalla na hÃireann 2015 is sponsored by Bus Ãireann
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