Marta / March 2013
Jayne Nic Leoid
’S ann à Nis ann an Ceann a TuathLeòdhais a tha JayneNicleòid a thafileantaann an Gàidhlig.
Thasgìre Nis aithnichte mar aon de na h-àiteachan as làidire a thaobhnaGàidhligagus far a bheilceòlaguscultargu math cudromach.
Thòisichi a’ dèanamh dannsa Gaidhealach an uair a bhaigu math òg, ach troùine, ghabhiùidhann an diofarsheòrsaichean dannsa, agus ann an dannsa ceumgusònraichte.
Dh’ ionnsaichiceumannan bhonbhuidheannmhior bhaileach, Dannsa a bhios a’ dol air chuairt air feadhnaneileanagus air a’
Ghaidhealtachd a’ dèanamhcuirmean agus a’ brosnachadhùidhann an dannsatraidiseanta. Chuiriseachadùinena h-oileanachann an CeapBreatainn,
far a bheildannsaceumgu math làidir. Bhai air àrd-ùrlaraig Feis Cheilteach Innse Gall agusFeis Celtic Connections mar phàirtdhenchuirm ‘Sèideadh a’ Chuain’,
ach bidhi a’ dannsaah-uilecothroma gheibhiaigcèilidhea nagus cuirmean gu h-ionadail, far am bi Còmhlan Maileòidian Nis tric a’ cluich.
Jayne Macleod is a fluent Gaelic speaker from the Gaelic stronghold of Ness, a district with a rich cultural and musical
heritage situated in the most Northerly point of the Isle of Lewis. She began Highland dancing from an early age,
but soon became interested in other forms of dance, step dance in particular, which she picked up from attending
workshops held by the wonderful dance troupe, Dannsa who tour all over the Highlands & Islands performing and promoting traditional dance.
She also spent some time as a student in Cape Breton, where the step dance tradition is very much alive.
She performed at the Hebridean Celtic Festival and the Celtic Connections festival as part of the Atlantic Blast concert,
and she dances locally at every opportunity at ceilidhs and concerts with the Ness Melodeon Band.
Ailean Domhnallach ar Youtube
'S ann à Gleann Ùige a tha Ailean Dòmhnallach agus thòisich e a' cluich na pìoba nuair a bha e naoi bliadhna a dh'aois. Fhuair e oideachadh an toiseach le Màidsear na Pìoba Iain MacCoinnich, Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain, agus pìobaireachd le Bob Nicol, Bealadair agus Ruaraidh Dòmhnallach, Uibhist a Deas. Am measg an iomadh duais a fhuair e ann an farpaisean, ghlèidh e an Clasp an Inbhir Nis dà thuras.
Ach ged a bhiodh e a' gabhail pàirt ann an farpaisean, rinn e mòran airson dòighean ùra agus diofraichte de chluich a thoirt a-steach do shaoghal nam pìobairean anns na 1970an agus na 1980an. Tha e air mòran rannsachadh a dhèanamh a thaobh ciamar a tha dòighean air ceòl mòr a chluich an-diugh eadar-dhealaichte bho na dòighean cluich a bh' ann aig toiseach na h- ochdamh linn deug.
Tha Ailean air 'The Moidart Collection' (A' Chiad Cheud), cruinneachadh de cheud port pìoba, sean agus ùr, a chur an clò agus tha e air dà CD a dhèanamh còmhla ris an t-seinneadair Maighread Stiùbhart.
Tha fèill air mar phìobaire, mar sheinneadair agus mar fhear-teagasg aig fèisean is sgoiltean air feadh an t-saoghail agus tha e a' teagasg aig Acadamaidh Rìoghail Ceòl is Dràma na h-Alba (an RSAMD) agus ann an Ionad na Pìobaireachd an Glaschu.
A leading light in the Gaelic musical scene, Allan MacDonald, or in Gaelic, Ailean Domhnallach-- is in demand internationally as a composer, musical director, piper, singer, workshop leader, and lecturere on Gaelic music. One of his myriad difts is to make pibroch accessible and lovable. His work as a scholar-performer runiting seventeenth-century piping with its Gaelic roots is influencing a whole generation of pipers.
Allan has performed at every major Celtic and piping festival on the planet. He lectures on Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, and has had numerous commission tocompose for BBC television. In 2005, he co-directed a six-part tenelvision serioes screend on RTE, BBC3 and ITV--"The Highland Sessions"--addressing the common language and musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland, which won the best documentary music award in Ireland.
The BBC made a documetary on Allan and his brothers, Dr. Angus and Iain (also world-famouspipers), broadcast in January 2007. The three borothers wer born in the tiny Gaelic-speaking town of Glenuig in Moidart. Allan won the highest award in piping, th Clasp at the Northern Meeting two years running (1989 and 1990). He then followed his heart and developed a style of playing more in tune with the Gaelic culture of 1550-1750. His approach is infused with an insider's ear for the fragile traces of historical continuity that survie within Gaelic-speaking communities, and he attempts to reverse the effects of cultural colonialism.
This freer, more varied, and historically-informed apporach to ceol mor may to many minds makes the "great music" more appealing. The most exciting player of his generation, Allan is stimulating the renaissance of one of Europe's most soulful and majestic musical traditions.
Bláthnaid Nic Cába
Ó Chontae Ros Comáin ach anois lonnaithe i mBaile Átha Cliath, chas Ger ag Fleadhanna Ceoil (leibhéil Ros Comáin, Connachta agus Uile-Éirinn) tríd na blianta ach níl sí in iomaíocht a thuilleadh. Cé gur í an amhranaíocht Traidisiúnta agus Sean Nós a chéad grá, tá réimse leathan aici agus chas Ger na hamhráin "Ghoid Mé Oíche" agus "An Guth is Binne sa Chór" sa chomórtas Phan Cheilteach anuraidh agus na bliana seo, aroan a chum Damian Mac Gabhann.
Casann Ger go minic ag seisiúin i mBaile Átha Cliath, lena n-áirítear na Cobblestones, an Clé Club ach go h-áirithe in Áras Chrónáin i gCluain Dolcáin. Beidh sí mar aoi ins An Góilín an 24ú lá de Mí Bealtaine.
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Sineag MacIntyre on Facebook
Sineag MacIntyre from Kilphedar, South Uist started singing from an early age. She released a CD ‘Laithean Sgoile’ when she was in her sixth year in Sgoil Lionacleit and won the Traditional Gold Medal in Dunoon at the Royal National Mod in 2006. She also won the prestigious An Common Gaidhealach Mod Gold Medal in 2009. She is an honours graduate of Scottish Music from the RSAMD. She was nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2010.
Sineag is particularly keen on traditional songs that come from her native western Isles.
She has had the privilege to sing in front of audiences in Canada, Washington DC, Ireland, Germany and Denmark. In 2010 she represented Scotland at the International Celtic Congress in the Isle of Man. She is currently preparing material for her new album.
Éamonn Breathnach (Píobaí Uilleann)
1985/6/7/8: All-Ireland Champion, 1999: Founder of the Irish Cross Border Music,Sports and Arts Peace,
2006: Winner of the World championships in uilleann piping and best solo traditional musician of the year.
Represented Ireland 1987: Lorient International Folk Festival. 1990: Expo '90 Osaka, Japan. 1992: Expo '92 Seville. 2001: World Megalithic Festival, South Korea
TV appearances: RTE 1: Late,Late Show. RTE 1: Saturday Live.
Official functions: Performed at various official functions in Àras an Uachtaráin, Government functions and State banquets,Dublin's Mansion House,Dept of Foreign Affairs,Embassies and Civic receptions in Ireland and overseas.
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.
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
Larry Kinsella is a well-known concertina player who grew up in a traditional music family from the Camolin area of north Co. Wexford. He continues to retain his own Wexford style which has been described as “high on skill, touching the heart with its simplistic beauty”. Pearse Ó Caoimhe in The Irish Music Magazine’s review of Larry’s solo concertina album “The Barley Grain”, released by Claddagh Records, July ’08.
His father Lar played Melodeon on “2 RN” and was a box player with the Kinsella family Céilí Band which played for dances and ‘socials’ around north Co. Wexford. Lar would meet the legendary piper Johnny Doran whenever he, Johnny would visit local farmhouses. It was under the guidance of his father that the 6 year old Larry began to play the box and appreciate Irish traditional music, going on to play, in his youth, at local town and village concerts, fleadhs etc. During this time he also had training in classical music on piano and played the cornet and horn with the All-Ireland Champion Gorey Brass Band. He nowadays plays concertina and box, the concertina being the instrument with which he has become most associated. While studying in Dublin in the 1970’s he witnessed at first hand, a new vibrancy in traditional music, providing more inspiration and challenge. With these various influences on board, Larry’s musical journey has continued, playing with and inspired by many great musicians. He played
for a number of years with box player, Brendan Begley and they have featured on several radio and television programmes. His interest in uilleann piping saw him team up for an enduring duet with Eamonn Walshe, Larry succeeding in adapting piping style and technique to his concertina, highlighting the compatability of these two reed instruments. This pairing also featured on radio and TV. He also played a lot with piper and whistle player Michael Crehan, (of Ceoltoiri Laighean) including a regular gig at “The Red Cow”. He later formed a partnership with piper Neillie Mulligan and this lead to them playing a popular weekly gig in the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, Dublin for several years. And so many more….
He has been invited to take part in many workshops and festivals throughout the land and abroad - one of the highlights being the Festival Interceltique, L’Orient where he gave a series of concerts with his star-studded group McNeasa. He has also adjudicated concertina up to and including all-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil level. No stranger to the concert and recital stage, Larry was privileged to be chosen by C.C.E. to perform at the Opening Concert of the Millenium All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Enniscorthy. One of his performances at the annual concertina recitals in Miltown Malbay has been chosen by R.T.E. Radio na Gaeltachta for inclusion on their historic, and much acclaimed “Ceol agus Foinn” album, released April ’08 and described by Edel Ní Chuireáin, Ceannaire R. na G. as an “important gem in the continuous development of traditional Irish music”.
The Music that Larry learned is rooted in the people. It is live and authentic, demonstrating an honest tradition. His music is relaxed and played with great feeling and respect.
Marcus Ó Murchú R.T.E. Radio na Gaeltachta officially launching The Barley Grain
Larry Kinsella’s debut album is a breath of fresh air….
The concertina maestro draws his repertoire for the album from a wide range of legendary musicians…..
The climax of the album is in Larry’s delivery of the Speed the Plough selection which is played with a grace and a softness which is hard to rival.
The Barley Grain is a delightful rarity that comes highly recommended.
Pearse Ó Caoimhe The Irish Music Magazine
Some fine concertina playing here with the concentration being on the instrument, the playing, and the music.
This is a debut album and it’s a good one.
All Celtic Music.com
Duine de ridirí móra an chonsairtín is ea Larry. (Larry is one of the finest exponents of the concertina)
Meaití Jó Shéamais reviewing The Barley Grain on Radio na Gaeltachta