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Fiddler Brian headlines Éigse concert

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Leitrim fiddler Brian Rooney.

Leitrim fiddler Bryan Rooney, known in traditional music circles as ‘the Godfather’, is the headline act for this year’s Éigse an Spidéil concert, taking place on Saturday night. Bryan, who emigrated to London in the late 1960s, is revered by both players and fans of Irish traditional music. He was the subject of the TG4 documentary, An Godfather, narrated by actor Brendan Gleeson and broadcast in Christmas 2014.

The annual arts festival Éigse an Spidéil, which celebrates local identity and creativity, has been celebrated for more than 30 years. This year’s event runs until Sunday, March 6. Highlights include be the concert with Bryan Rooney, accompanied by fellow Leitrim man and Spiddal resident, Charlie Lennon, in Óstán na Páirce on Saturday.

Support comes from Sliabh Luachra musicians Bryan O’Leary, Colm Guilfoyle and Emma O’Leary.

Éigse’s official launch is in Tigh Ghiblin this Thursday, followed by the festival’s poetry event, Ardán na hÉigse, with readings from Louis de Paor and Irish language poets. Louis’ new book, Grá Fiar, will be launched at this event and there will be music from fiddler and composer Tola Custy.

This Friday, Aisteoirí an Spidéil will present a performance in honour of 1916 in Coláiste Chonnacht. ‘Ionmhuin Liom Cois Fhairrge’ – Ómós do 1916’ le hAisteoirí an Spidéil will include An Gadaí and Eoghainín na nÉan, two popular short stories by Pádraic Mac Piarais, and Dúirt Sé, Dáirt Sé, a translation of Spreading the News by Lady Gregory, which was staged in Spiddal in 1914.

The annual singing competition for young singers takes place at noon in Óstán na Páirce this Saturday, while Bryan Rooney and Jesse Smith will give a fiddle masterclass at Studio Cuan from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Sunday sees the Éigse guided walk with Timín Joe Tim Ó Curraidhin, starting at Cill Éinde at noon.

The festival will close with a session with young musicians from Cois Fharraige under the direction of Toner Quinn. That’s in An Droighneán Donn at 2pm, where the winner of this year’s Laoch an Traidisiúin will be announced.

The Éigse art exhibition, featuring the work of Connemara artist Breandán Ó Súilleabháin, will be on view for the duration of the festival and beyond in An Builín Blasta at an Ceardlann an Spidéil.

For more information and a full list of events see www.eigseanspideil.ie.

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Conamara siblings take to stage for TradFest

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Séamus and Caoimhe Uí Fhlatharta, who will perform in Collins Barracks next Thursday.

The musical talent of Conamara siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Uí Fhlatharta from An Áird Mhóir, will be on show at this year’s Temple Bar TradFest, which runs from January 26-230 in venues across Dublin. They will be performing at Collins Barracks at 1pm next Thursday, January 26.

Séamus and Caoimhe, who have won multiple All-Ireland titles for their music, are well-known among fans of traditional music as brilliant multi-instrumentalists, singers and dancers, whose vocal arrangements and harmonies bring new life to well-known and less familiar songs. Their performance on last week’s Late Late Show as part of a musical tribute to murdered Offaly woman, Ashling Murphy, was widely praised.

TradFest is one of the first largescale events to host live audiences again, something that performers and fans alike hope will continue.

Other participants include actor Stephen Rea, hosting a night of poetry and music with Natalya O’Flaherty, Sasha Terfous, Louise and Michelle Mulcahy and Neill Martin; Fairport Convention; Peggy Seeger, Aoife Scott and Wallis Bird; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Boxing Banjo; Dervish, Altan and 4 Men and a Dog; Séamus Begley, Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey; Martin and Eliza Carthy; The Lost Brothers; Maria Doyle Kennedy; Joe and Steve Wall; Cór Cúil Aodha and Seán Ó Sé; Karan Casey; Niamh Ní Charra; Brídín; Laoise Kelly; Brenda Castles, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh; Tim Edey, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien.

Tickets and more information at tradfesttemplebar.com.

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Cúirt putting a spotlight on new and under-represented writers

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Noveilst Lisa McInerney who will judge the short fiction prize. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Submissions are now being accepted for The Cúirt New Writing Prize 2022. This annual competition run by the popular literature festival, is sponsored by Tigh Neachtain in memory of Lena McGuire.

There are two categories; poetry & short fiction. Poet Gail McConnell will judge the poetry prize and author Lisa McInerney will judge the short Fiction award.

The winner in each category will receive a €500 cash prize and be invited to read at the 37th annual Cúirt International Festival of Literature, taking place from Monday to Sunday, April  4-10 in Galway.

Poetry entries should consist of up to three poems under 50 lines each, while short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words. There’s an entry fee of €10 which covers one story or up to three poems. Entries are welcome in English and Irish and an Irish language adviser will be involved in assessing entries in Irish.

Writers who submit work must not have had a full collection of work published in the category they are entering (ie, no novel or short collection for fiction, or poetry collection for poetry). This doesn’t include having had single poems, stories or chapbooks published. Any stories or poems that are entered should not have

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Music festival goes live and online

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Flautist Ríona Ó Duinnín is among the top-quality musicians taking part.

Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival is taking place live this weekend and the organisation has also decided to livestream three concerts from the Town Hall Theatre, as well as several other events.

The festival, Stanford, explores the work, influences and legacy of Dubliner Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, one of Ireland’s greatest 20th-century Romantic composers. Four chamber music concerts, featuring leading Irish and Irish-based musicians, as well as two documentary films and two talks will be available online from this Friday to Sunday.

A further concert, in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church this Saturday, which features choral music by Stanford and his students, will be open to live audiences.

In addition to music by Stanford himself, the programmes includes works by composers who influenced him, such as Brahms and Schumann, and by those whom he taught, including Vaughan Williams, Frank Bridge, Rebecca Clarke, Muriel Herbert and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Performers willrs includes John Finucane clarinet; Sharon Carty mezzo soprano; Finghin Collins piano; the ConTempo Quartet; Ríona Ó Duinnín flute; John Leonard bassoon; Hannah Miller horn; Dominic Dudley double bass; Christopher Bowen tenor; Collegium; Mark Duley, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music Student Quartet.

Stanford’s biographer, Jeremy Dibble, who lives in the UK, was due to travel to Galway to give two talks on the composer and his legacy. These have now been recorded and are available for free on the Music for Galway YouTube channel. To access them, go to musicforgalway.ie and follow the links to the Midwinter Festival page.

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