Márta / March 2014
GAELIC SINGER & SCOTTISH STEPDANCER
Joy Dunlop is a Gaelic singer & Scottish step-dancer from Argyll, Scotland. Joy’s singing career is the result of a life-long fascination with Scotland’s traditional music and has led her all over the world; from major festivals Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours, to touring the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand. Through her singing, she showcases Gaelic music and song in a contemporary way that always remains true to its roots.
Joy’s critically acclaimed debut album, Dùsgadh (Awakening) won the Scots New Music Awards Roots Recording of the Year and Fatea Tradition Award and her new album Faileasan (Reflections), is already receiving rave reviews. In addition to being nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year in 2010 & 2011, she has won both the coveted Royal National Mòd Gold Medal and the Oban Times Gold Medal.
A fluent Gaelic speaker, Joy has also presented shows on BBC ALBA and makes frequent appearances on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal. As an honours graduate of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the world’s only Gaelic immersion college, Joy is passionate about promoting Gaelic language and culture. She currently teaches a wide variety of classes throughout Scotland, and is an active member of several Gaelic song ensembles, in addition to her solo projects.
Awards and Nominations
Roots Recording of the Year - Scots New Music Awards 2011 (Winner) |
Gaelic Singer of the Year - MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2011 + 2010 (Nomination)
The Tradition Award - Fatea Awards 2010 (Winner)
2010 Royal National Mòd Gold Medalist
Best Achievement for Argyll - For Argyll Awards 2009 (Runner up)
Scottish Press Awards - Gaelic Journalist of the Year 2008 (Nomination)
Highlands and Islands Media Awards - Gaelic Journalist of the Year 2007 (Highly Commended)
2006 Oban Times Mòd Gold Medalist
2006 Traditional Inter-Celtic Dance Champion
Traditional singer of the year - Pan Celtic International Festival 2005 (Runner Up)
Traditional group song competition - Pan Celtic International Festival 2006, 2005, 2004 (Winner)
Rachel Walker was brought up in the small village of Kinlochewe in Wester Ross, where she was introduced to Gaelic song as a young child. A popular performer at local Ceilidh's and events from the age of ten, she quickly fell in love with the songs and culture of the Highlands of Scotland and has become a much loved ambassador of the culture.
A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy’s Scottish Music course, where she studied Gaelic song under renowned tutor Kenna Campbell, Rachel has released three albums, the latest, Air Chall showcasing her talent as a songwriter. Two of the songs on the album have been recognized internationally, one as a semi finalist in the UK songwriting contest, which annually receives over 100,000 entries, and the second as a finalist in the Liet international song contest, showcasing songs composed in European minority languages.
Rachel regularly performs as a solo artist, and supported Gaelic Rock group Runrig on their 2008 winter tour, playing to sold out venues such as the Manchester Apollo, and the Glasgow Barrowlands.
Aside from singing, Rachel's past work includes record production, with albums such as James Grahams’ Greisean Greine to her credit, and as a musical director creating and directing the summer show in the Skipinnish Ceilidh House.
Rachel is also a member of Gaelic song group Cruinn, who released their debut album in January 2013, and will be performing extensively throughout Scotland in the coming year.
Rachel was named Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Trad Awards in December 2013.
Rachel lives in Lochaber, where she is a lecturer in Music and Sound Production at West Highland College, UHI.
Seonaidh is from Loch a’ Charnain in South Uist, an area known to be steeped in traditional music and song, particularly piping. He studied for an HNC in traditional music in Benbecula College before going on to study the BA in Applied Music at Strathclyde University. His music has strong Hebridean roots and draws upon his upbringing in a Gaelic speaking community. From an early age, he received tuition from Dòmhnall Bàn MacDonald, and has been mentored by Iain and Allan MacDonald of Glenuig through his university courses. Seonaidh also sings, plays the whistle and small pipes, and is continually in high demand playing with a number of bands including Trail West with whom he has just released their first CD entitled “One that got away”
Máiréad Ní Fhlatharta
Fonn, féile agus filíocht - trí bhua nach féidir a fhoghlaim.
Tá glór binn, sainiúil ag Mairéad Ní Fhlatharta.
Tá a cumas iontach mar fhonnadóir, lena mbaineann sí casadh as filíocht ársa, cheolmhar na n-amhrán mar bhua eile aici.
Tá glór agus stíl ar leith ag Mairéad. Tá a cuid fonnadóireachta dílis dá muintir, dá baile agus do cheantar Chonamara ina glór, ina canúint agus sa réimse leathan amhrán a roghnaíonn sí.
Tá an aois agus an ársacht a bhaineann le seanamhráin, tá an chroíúilacht agus an óige a bhaineann leis na hamhráin nua agus tá lorg na hoiliúna agus na foirfeachta a ghabhann le ceardaí na n-amhrán le brath ar rogha amhrán Mhairéad.
Mairi MacIllemhaoill, born and brought up on the island of South Uist, started singing Gaelic songs at a very young age. She won the traditional Gold medal in Fort William in 2007. Mairi usually sings songs from the South Uist tradition or songs which have been passed down by Uist tradition bearers. She has sung nationally and internationally.
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