Featuring Étáin Áine Ní Churraoin, Máire Ní Churraoin, Nia Byrne & Megan Nic Fhionnghaile
Curated and hosted by Louise Mulcahy.
Doors Open: 20:00
Show Starts: 20:30
Ardán is as an exciting series of concert performances featuring emerging female Irish Traditional musicians.
Curated and hosted by renowned Irish traditional musician, Louise Mulcahy, the concert series will feature both solo and group performances to a live and streamed audience.
The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is committed to develop the newest generation of traditional artists. In line with this Louise will work closely with the artists to deliver a special concert programme.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Étáin Áine Ní Churraoin
Born and raised in the Meath Gaeltacht, Ráth Chairn, Étáin Áine has been singing the Irish Sean-Nós style since her youngest years. She has won singing competitions at a local level, at Féile na Mí, and at a national level, at An tOireachtas, Her native singing style has brought her all over Ireland and to Europe on occasion. She and her sister are ‘An Chéad Ghlúin Eile’ and won TG4’s family contest ‘Réalta agus Gaolta’ in 2019. Étáin frequently sings on TG4 and has appeared on various programmes such as ‘Ceol Ó Kylemore’, ‘HectorAnseo’ and ‘FleadhTV’. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Raidió na Gaeltachta, Étáin and her sister performed with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra which showcased live and later on RTÉ. ‘An Chéad Ghlúin Eile’ are currently recording their album ‘Cá’il an Bheirt?’. Étáin has been named as Ealaín na Gaeltachta’s ambassador for Oíche Chultúir (Culture Night) 2022. Étáin is also an Irish and Religion teacher.
Rugadh agus tógadh Étáin Ní Churraoin i nGaeltacht Ráth Chairn glas gréine na Mí agus í báite sa traidisiún óna hóige. Is amhránaí ar an Sean-Nós le fada an lá í agus is iomaí duais áitiúil (ag Féile na Mí) agus náisiúnta (ag an Oireachtas) atá gnóite aici. A bhuí lena stíl dhúchais amhránaíochta, bíonn Étáin ag gabháil fhoinn ar fud fad na tíre agus san Eoraip scaití. Is iad Étáin agus a deirfiúr Máire ‘An Chéad Ghlúin Eile’ a ghnóthaigh comórtas teaghlaigh TG4 ‘Réalta agus Gaolta’ i 2019. Feictear agus cloistear Étáin go minic ar TG4 ar chláracha ar nós ‘Ceol Ó Kylemore’, ‘HectorAnseo’ agus ‘FleadhTV’. Do chomóradh caoga bliain Raidió na Gaeltachta, chas Étáin agus Máire le ceolfhoireann RTÉ. Craoladh beo iad agus níos deireanaí ansin ar RTÉ. Tá ‘An Chéad Ghlúin Eile’ ag obair ar a gcéad albam ‘Cá’il an Bheirt?’ Ainmníodh Étáin mar ambasadóir ag Ealaín na Gaeltachtachta d’Oíche Chultúir 2022. Is múinteoir Gaeilge agus Teagasc Críostaí í Étáin freisin.
Máire Ní Churraoin
Máire Ní Churraoin is a Sean-Nós singer, native Irish speaker and artistic researcher from the Ráth Chairn Gaeltacht in County Meath. Following her degree in Irish and Theology, Máire is currently completing her Masters in Irish and Performing Arts in Maynooth University. She specializes in the native Irish oral tradition of Sean-Nós singing. She was nominated for the Dr TK Whitaker Prize and has received numerous prizes, awards and scholarships from Maynooth University and Ollscoil na hÉireann over the years. She and her sister Étáin are ‘An Chéad Ghlúin Eile’. The sister duo won TG4’s ‘Réalta agus Gaolta’, a family talent contest, in 2019. ‘An Chéad Ghlúin Eile’ are currently recording their first album ‘Cá’il an Bheirt?’ to be released this year. Máire frequently appears on TG4 on various programmes, such as Bailte and Ceol Ó Kylemore, and has recently performed with the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra for #RnaG050. Máire is this year’s Oíche Chultúir ambassador for Ealaín na Gaeltachta. Máire also works as an Irish TV presenter on ‘Teach Spraoi’. Máire has also formed a new band ‘AYDA’ who will travel and gig around Europe this year.
Is amhránaí ar an Sean-Nós, cainteoir dúchais Gaeilge agus taighdeoir ealaíonta í Máire Ní Churraoin as Gaeltacht Ráth Chairn. Théis di céim a chur di sa Nua-Ghaeilge agus sa Diagacht, tá Máire ag tabhairt faoin MA sa Nua-Ghaeilge agus sna Taibhealaíona in Ollscoil Mhá Nuad. Tá an-suím aici i dtraidisiún dúchais béil na hÉireann - an amhránaíocht ar an Sean-Nós. Ainmníodh í do Dhuais an Dr T K Whitaker le deireanas agus is iomaí duais agus gradam ó Ollscoil Mhá Nuad agus ó Ollscoil na hÉireann a bronnadh uirthi le bliana beaga anuas. Tá banna ceoil aici fhéin lena deirfiúr Étáin, ‘An Chéad Ghlúin Eile’. Bhain an bheirt an chéad áit amach i gcomórtas teaghlaigh TG4 ‘Réalta agus Gaolta’ i 2019. Tá a gcéad dlúthdhiosca á thaifeadadh acu faoi láthair agus seolfar ‘Cá’il an Bheirt?’ roimh dheireadh na bliana seo. Feictear agus cloistear Máire ar TG4 go rialta ar chláracha ar nós ‘Bailte’ agus ‘Ceol ó Kylemore’ agus is láithreoir teilifíse í ar ‘Teach Spraoi’ freisin. Chas Máire le ceolfhoireann RTÉ le deireanas do chomóradh 50 bliana Raidió na Gaeltachta #RnaG50. Tá Máire ina hambasadóir ag Ealaín na Gaeltachta d’Oíche Chultúir na bliana seo. Tá a banna ceoil nua aici agus gabhfaidh AYDA timpeall na hEorpa ag ceol i mbliana.
Nia Byrne/Ní Mhaonaigh, is a young fiddler and singer from the North-West Donegal Gaeltacht. She has learned her fiddling from her mother Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and her cousin Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and her father Dermot Byrne. She is steeped in the Donegal fiddling tradition and now teaches it to younger musicians at a local traditional music school, An Chrannóg , where music and song are taught through the Gaelic language. She is a regular attendee at the Fiddle Week in Glencolmcille, County Donegal, every August and The Willie Clancy Summer School, which takes place in Milltown Malbay , Co. Clare every July. She has listened and learnt a lot of her music from the Campbells of Glenties, Dermot McLaughlin, Liam O’Connor, Clare Friel to mention but a few. She has toured along with her mother with Altan in the USA and Australia. Her composition, Port Nia can be heard on Altan’s latest album ‘The Gap of Dreams’.
Megan Nic Fhionnghaile
Megan Nic Fhionnghaile is a fiddle player from Gaoth Dobhair , a region celebrated for its traditional Irish music and the Irish language. Growing up she was surrounded with songs and music from her area having her great-grandad, Joe Jack being a well-known fiddle player of the area and her grandmother and her siblings being singers. In 2022 Megan graduated with BA degree in Irish Music from the University of Limerick. In 2019 she was the Ulster champion in senior fiddle and in 2022 she toured with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance around the UK. She is active performing and teaching at festivals and sessions around the world.