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Meitheamh / June 2012

Maeve Mackinnon

Maeve Mackinnon



Described by The Herald as possessing “a truly stunning voice”, Maeve Mackinnon is an award-winning young Gaelic singer who has, in a few short years, emerged to become one of the leading Scottish folk musicians of her generation.

As one of the youngest artists whose work was honoured in the “Classic Album” series at Celtic Connections Festival 2008, she has racked up a number of accolades over the last few years. Twice nominated as "Gaelic Singer of the Year" at the Scots Trad Music Awards (2011 and 2008 respectively), she was also named, “Up and Coming Artist of the year” at the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards and a finalist in BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award in 2005.

The last year alone has seen forays into presenting for BBC Radio Scotland’s The Celtic Zone and song writing ventures in both Gaelic and English. Her trilingual song-writing commission, “Am Fògarrach: The Exile”, was broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland, is appearing at Blàs Festival 2012 and is currently in talks with National Theatre Scotland to develop as a theatre piece.

2012 will also see the release of Maeve's second solo album, "Once Upon An Olive Branch", which has been tipped by The Scotsman’s Sue Wilson as

“A bold leap forward for one of Scotland’s most gifted and creative young vocalists”.

 Lorcán Mac Mathúna

Lorcán Mac Mathúna



Lorcán Mac Mathúna was born in Cork in 1976 into a family with a passion for traditional music and singing. Much of his singing has been passed to him by his father Séamus and were passed to him by masters of the tradition from places like Cúl Aodha, where he lived at a time when the nation seemed to discover its rich heritage through people like Seán Ó’Riada.

The influences on Lorcán’s style have been diverse and all of them deeply personal. Sean Nós is a soulful and emotionally expressive style of music and when it strikes a resonance with the listener it can have a dramatic and revelatory effect. Lorcán’s greatest influences have been such moments and each song he has learned started as a singularly striking performance in some personal encounter with the tradition, such as one beautifully fluid and uplifting rendition (or telling as they say in the Irish tradition) of an Clár Bog Déil in a tiny cramped bar in Mayo. From this he has developed a style empathic with the tradition, which is controlled and exciting and extremely expressive.

Lorcán’s take on Sean-Nós combines an interest in stories with an equally deep appreciation of music. He realises that the music and the stories (the lyrics) of Sean-Nós are entwined inseparably. It is a deeply expressive form of music and it is that expressiveness which Lorcán emphasises when he pushes the conventional boundaries of Sean-Nós. In exploring the potential for this aspect of Sean Nós he has collaborated with traditional, classical, and jazz musicians. Collaborations of these sorts give differing pastiches on which to lay his singing and allow explorations of melody, harmony, and above all, narrative pulse, which give a deeper understanding of the music in Sean Nós and embellish the listener’s appreciation.

This present phase in Lorcán’s musical development brings the Sean Nós style of singing into a new realm; one where the unaccustomed listener can readily recognise the musical quality of the songs without having to “acquire a taste.” To cultivate a taste for these soulful and passionate melodies is a fulfilling journey in itself, but Lorcán’s creations of imaginative and complimentary arrangements and compositions have opened this style of music to the world.

 Alasdair MacIlleBhàin

Alasdair MacIlleBhàin


Thogadh Alasdair MacIlleBhàin ann am Muile agus tha còmhnaidh aig an teaghlach san t-Sàilein. Bha ùidh làidir aige ann an òrain Ghàidhlig bho aois òg agus shoirbhich leis ann am farpais a’ Bhuinn Òir aig Mòd Dhùn Omhain ann an 2006, is e 19 bliadhna dh’ aois. Bidh e a’ seinn aig cuirmean air feadh na dùthcha agus a’ nochdadh air prògraman rèidio is telebhisein gu tric. Thòisich Alasdair air Maighstireachd aig Oilthigh Ghlaschu san t-Sultain is e a’ rannsachadh ainmean-àite Mhuile. Nochdaidh ciad chlàr Alasdair as t-samhradh air am bi measgachadh den dà chuid òrain thraidiseanta à sgìre dhùthchasach agus òrain air an sgrìobhadh leis fhèin.


Alasdair Whyte was brought up in Mull and the family home is in Salen on the east coast of the island. Gaelic song was his major passion from an early age and he claimed the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal at the Royal National Mòd in Dunoon in 2006 at the age of 19. He performs at concerts throughout the country and regularly appears on radio and television programmes. Alasdair began work on a Masters degree at the University of Glasgow in September where he is currently researching the place-names of Mull. Alasdair’s debut album, containing a blend of traditional songs from his native area and self-penned Gaelic songs, will be released in the summer.

Liam Crouse

Liam Crouse

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’S ann à Rhode Island, anns Na Stàitean, a tha mi bho thùs ach thòisich m’ ùidh ann an cultar Albannach a’ fàs nuair a bha mi nam dheugaire. Thàinig mi a dh’Alba airson a’ chiad uair nuair a thòisich mi fo-cheumnach ann an Ceiltis agus Arc-eòlas aig Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann agus b’ ann an uair sin a dh’fhàs m’ ùidh ann an saoghal na Gàidhlig. Chaidh mi air grunnan thursan a dh’Earra-ghàidheal a dhol a chèilidh air daoine ionadail agus b’ ann ann a’ sin a fhuair mi am foghlam as buaidhmhor ann am pìobaireachd an t-seanna stoidhle. Cuideachd, thòisich m’ ùidh ann an òrain Ghàidhealach aig an tràth sin agus bhon a’ sin, tha mi air a bhith togail òrain ’san t-seann-nòs, air stiùireadh fhaotainn o Sheumas Dòmhnullach Ruadh, seanchaidh bheul-aithris Ghàidhealach o h-Earra-ghàidheal. Bidh mi tric a’ seinn agus a’ dannsadh anns a’ bhuidheann Drumalban.


Originally from Rhode Island in the United States, I became interested in Scottish culture when I was in my teens. I came to then came to Scotland to do an undergraduate study in Celtic and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and it has been during this time that my interest in the Gaelic world has originated. I went on a handful of trips to Argyll to visit local families and it was during these excursions that I acquired a West Highland style of piping. Also, it was then that my interest in Gaelic song began, and since then, I have been learning songs in the old style, with the help of Argyll seanchaidh, James MacDonald Reid. I often sing and dance in the group Drumalban

Irene Nic Eochaidhín

Irene Nic Eochaidhín


Ceoltoir í Irene a d’fhás suas i nDeisceart Chontae álainn Liatroma. Bhí tionchar ar leith uirthi ag stíl agus ceol a háite féin, maraon le stíl agus ceol a deascair as Contaethe timpeall uirthi mar Longphort, Sligeach agus Ros Comáin. D’fhoghlaim sí a a ceol traidisiúnta ó sár-mhúinteoirí mar Tommy Hackett (RIP), Paddy Ryan, Noel Sweeney, Carmel Gunning, Séamus Thompson, Ben Lennon agus mórán eile nach iad. Ina tráchtas léinn don Cheol in Ollscoil Mhá Nuadhat, scríobh sí faoi shaol ceoil an Athar Seán Ó Cuinn. Rugadh é i Longphort agus le fada an lá, tá sé ina Shagart Paróiste i nDeisceart Liatroma. Sean duiche ar a dtugtaí “Conmhaichne” iad Deisceart Liatroma agus Co. an Longphoirt. Mar sin, ba é sean-cheol Conmhaicne bun-téama le tráchtas Irene.

Ar feadh a saol, go dtí seo, is iomaí duais agus gradam ceoil atá buaite ag Irene. Orthu siúd, tá céad áit I bhFleadh Ceoil na hÉireann, a d’fhoinn mhalla, ar an bhfidil agus ar an bhfliút agus “Micheal Coleman International Fiddler of the Year”. Bionn sí ag seinm ceoil ar TG4 agus ar Raidió Éireann agus ar raidiónna áitiúla. Cupla uair, bhí sí mar aoi ceoil ag ocáidí mór-le-rá stáit agus eile. Thug an tIar-Uachtarán Máire Mhic Giolla Íosa cuireadh di ceol a sheinm in Áras an Uachtaráin.

Tá albam ceoil, dá cuid féin, foilsithe ag Irene. “Love of My Life” a thug sí ar an albam sin. Le grúpa ar ar tugadh “Sionnain- Crossing The Shannon” tá a ceol ar CD agus DVD leis. Bhí sé mar phribhléid aici seinim in éineacht leis na ceoltoirí is fearr in Éirinn – leithéidí Séan Maguire (RIP), Paddy Keenan, Gerry “Banjo”O’Connor. Is múinteoir ceoil í Irene freisin, agus múineann sí an fidil ag an Joe Mooney Summer School, i nDroim Seanbho, Co. Liatroma, beagnach chuile bliain.


Irene Guckian

Irene is a musician who grew up in lovely Leitrim and was greatly influenced by the music and style of the area and neighbouring counties of Longford, Roscommon and Sligo. Her influences and teachers include Tommy Hackett (RIP), Paddy Ryan, Noel Sweeney, Carmel Gunning, Seamus Thompson, Ben Lennon to name but a few. She wrote her thesis on the music of South Leitrim and Longford, an area called Conmhaicne and the local musical priest, Fr. John Quinn.

Irene has won many accolades over the years including All-Ireland Fleadh medals in slow air playing, on fiddle and flute, and the Michael Coleman International Fiddler of the Year. She has appeared on TG4 and has performed on various radio stations including RTÉ. Irene has performed at state and civic functions including Áras an Uachtaráin for the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese.

She has recorded her own solo album “Love of My Life” and a CD and DVD with the group Sionnain “Crossing the Shannon”. Irene has performed with artists such as Séan Maguire (RIP), Paddy Keenan and Gerry “Banjo” O’Connor. Irene’s love of music has continued into teaching and she is a regular tutor at the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshanbo.

Rónan Ó Riagáin Rónan Ó Riagáin

Rónan Ó Riagáin


Ronan Regan is a musician and dancer from Salthill, Galway. He currently lives in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim where he is a primary teacher in the local Gaelscoil. In addition to this, Ronan is an instructor of music and dance. He is known for his weaving, lyrical fiddle style and his creative sean-nós dancing and has made appearances on various national television and radio stations including NDR (Germany, 2009), the BBC (England, 2006 and Northern Ireland, 2008), and TG4 (Ireland, 2004-8), WGBH (US 2004). He wrote his thesis on the Leitrim style of music, specialising in the musical styles of Ben Lennon (Recipient of Civic Reception Award from Leitrim County Council in 2007) and Jim Connolly and completed his Masters in traditional music performance, with modules in sean-nós dance in University of Limerick, 2005. As Ronan now lives in Leitrim; he has the enjoyable priviledge of playing a regular tune with Ben Lennon following his weekly music and dance class in neighbouring Belleek, Co. Fermanagh.

As a sean-nós dancer Ronan captures the heart, humour and subtlety of traditional music and dances percussively to the essence of the tune. He performs extensively at events such as the Cóilín Sheáin Dharach Festival, An tOireachtas, Aonach Ceoil Baile Mhúirne and in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the Cork Opera house and the Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre in Boston.Ronan won the All-Ireland Fleadh (Cavan 2010) Sean-Nós Dance Competition.

Described by many as a natural teacher with an infectious love of dance, Ronan offers sean-nós dance workshops throughout Ireland and abroad. He has provided tuition to all ages in educational centers' such as the Clann Resource Centre, Galway, the Ark Cultural Centre for children, Dublin and the Glór center in Ennis. He has also taught at numerous third level institutions including University Limerick, University Washington, Seattle, Evergreen State College, Olympia and the University of Wiscounsin, Milwaukee.

He is an on-going tutor in the Shaylyn Arts Centre, Ballinamore, and at many annual events such as the Dr. Doughlas Hyde Summer School, Co. Roscommon, the Joe Mooney Summer School in Co. Leitrim, The Ballyshannon Folk Festival and Errigle Arts Festival, Donegal, The John Joe Gordon Festival, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh and the Prague International Irish Summer Festival.

His internationally acclaimed instructional DVD 'Dance Sean-Nós' (2005) has so far sold in 17 Countries across the world and features as course material for various university programmes both in Ireland and abroad.

In Spring 2006, as a choreographer he won the RTE / Arts Council 'Dance on the Box' award. He choreographed the short film 'Why the Irish dance that way' which premiered on John Kelly's 'The View'. It appeared in the Dresden International Short Film Festival in 2007 and in New YorkÕs MoMA in 2007 at "Shortfest: Outstanding Films from International Festivals". The film won first prize at the Chicago Irish Film Festival 2008.

Ronan recently produced and directed his second instructional DVD 'Dance Sean-Nós for Beginners'. The new DVD was launched at the Dr. Doughlas Hyde Summer School (2010) and has been received to critical acclaim. It includes his popular 'Alphabet of Steps' a technique which simplifies learning for the beginning dancer and 'Step Creation' which initiates the beginning dancer in the creative process; the essence of sean-nós dance. The new DVD also presents group workshops with members of the Shaylyn Dance Group, Co. Leitrim, including the finalist for the Rose of Tralee, Martha Gilheaney

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