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New albums and feast of shows at Tuam Trad

Declan Tierney

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The third annual Tuam Trad Festival will feature at least four album launches, as around 100 musicians prepare to descend on the town for the three-day event.

The festival takes place from September 20 to 22 and a highlight will be the performance of legendary céilí group, Shaskeen.

The many musicians travelling to the festival are using the opportunity to launch new albums, among them Tipperary singer Dick Hogan, who will release a collection of his favourite songs. Dick will launch his new album in The Abbey café on the Saturday of the festival. He has been a very popular attraction at the event in the past.

At an early stage in his music career he was introduced to the legendary Brendan O’Dowda, a renowned interpreter of Percy French’s songs, and went on to produce a much acclaimed album back in 1997 entitled Wonders of the World for which he was joined by a number of well known musicians. That album featured four songs by Percy French, and he was accompanied on three of them by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Dick, who cites one of his main influences as the piper and singer Seamus Ennis, is now a full time performer and regularly provides workshops on traditional Irish singing, which he will also be doing in Tuam during the festival.

Meanwhile Colm Naughton, the banjo and mandolin player from Creggs in North Galway, will be launching a new CD in Reapy’s, also on Saturday at 9pm.

Colm comes from a musical family and has been performing from an early age.  When he moved to Galway city he became a familiar part of the sessions in Taylor’s, Taaffe’s, The Crane and Tigh Neachtain. He has played with Steve Earle and Peter Rowan as well as touring to America, Germany, Norway and Poland and spent a year as a resident musician in Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria. He currently plays alongside Matt Keane from Caherlistrane and is married to Orlath Keane.

At the same time Roxanne Meehan from the Tuam area will be launching her debut album in The Rustic Vaults. She started out competing in the West’s Got Talent in Tuam back in 2010 and won the Credit Union Factor before going on to represent Tuam in the Connacht finals. Roxanne is releasing a CD entitled Priority 21 which has 13 tracks, including a number of original songs – all with a traditional theme.

Finally Enda Seery from Westmeath, one of the country’s finest whistle and flute players will release his new album in Canavan’s on the Saturday of the festival at 3pm.

Enda grew up with music, song and dance, alongside his musical siblings Ciarán (button accordion), Siobhán (flute) and Pádraig (fiddle) who were part of The Mona Dubh Céií Band.

This is his second album and is called Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside) with Enda featuring on whistles, flute, keyboard and vocals, and guest appearances from John Byrne on guitar, Eoghan MacAogáin on whistle, James Hughes on fiddle and Tom Delany on guitar.

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David’s debut album on sale in local shops

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David Larkin’s debut album, With A Toot on the Flute and a Twiddle on the Fiddle, a tribute to his fellow Roscommon man, Percy French, featured on these pages last week.

For those who want to purchase a copy, the range of places where it’s on sale has increased. Anyone who wants to buy the album can do so by contacting David through Larkin’s Beehive Facebook page. It’s also available at Bell, Book & Candle, The Small Crane, Galway City; Funky Beans, Westside Retail Park, Galway City; OMG / Zhivago, Shop Street, Galway City; and Custy’s Traditional Irish Music Shop, O’Connell Street, Ennis.

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Saileog takes up sean-nós singing residency at NUIG

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Saileog Ní Cheannabháin. Her Carna-born father Peadar was her earliest singing influence.

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin has been named as Sean-Nós Singer in Residence at NUIG’s Centre for Irish Studies for 2021.

The sean-nós singer, musician and composer, who was reared in Dublin in an Irish-speaking family, learned traditional and classical music from a very young age.

Saileog’s father, Peadar Ó Ceannabháin comes from the rich tradition of sean-nós singing in Carna and  was one of her earliest influences.

Saileog grew up listening to singers from Iorras Aithneach in Conamara and she includes Seán ‘ac Dhonncha, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Dara Bán Mac Donncha and Josie Sheáin Jeaic ‘ac Dhonncha as formative influences.

Her mother Úna Lawlor is a classical violinist and her siblings Eoghan and Muireann are also singers and musicians.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Award-winning author Doireann finds truth ‘in little rituals of life’

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Doireann Ní Ghríofa, whose book A Ghost in the Throat won this year’s An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year Award, took her first breath in Galvia Hospital – now the Bon Secours.

When A Ghost in the Throat, the beautifully-written book by Galway-born author Doireann Ní Ghríofa, was announced as the An Post Non-fiction Book of the Year winner last week, the news came as little surprise to those who’ve read it.

Since its publication, A Ghost in the Throat has received rave reviews. Interweaving lyrical passages with striking prose, it tells the story of a present-day young mother who is drawn to the life of 18th century-poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill and her poem, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire.

Although this was Doireann’s first book of prose, she is far from unknown, having written six critically-acclaimed poetry collections. These have earned her numerous awards including the Seamus Heaney Fellowship and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Arranged a week in advance, the phone call from the Tribune in the wake of the awards announcement proves to be a timely one. Doireann is giddy with excitement. “I am delighted. The funny thing is that it doesn’t just feel like a win for the book; it feels like a win for the way this book tries to tell the stories of women.”

This is hugely important to Doireann – A Ghost in the Throat begins and ends with the line, ‘This is a female text’ – and she hopes the book is viewed as a celebration of the lives of women, past and present, and the work they do, visible and invisible. “That still often goes overlooked,” she says.

As with Emile Pine’s Notes to Self, Doireann casts light on issues affecting women by sharing intimate details of her life. And it’s not just the big themes she gives consideration to, but life’s banalities. When added together, these can also become a burden.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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