Special guest Brían Mac Gloinn features in the first of our 2021 online traditional singing sessions, hosted on Zoom and streamed live online.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and necessary social distancing measures, we invite traditional singers to join a Zoom conference call to share songs from the comfort of ones own home anywhere in the world. The sessions will take place in monthly instalments, usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month and will feature songs 'from the floor' and from an invited guest singer.
Brían Mac Gloinn is a musician & singer from Carlow, best known for his collaboration with his brother Diarmuid in their band Ye Vagabonds. Singing in English and Irish, Brían has a strong connection with the singing tradition of Ulster and his mother’s native Arranmore Island in Co. Donegal. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Brían has been focusing his attention on researching the singing tradition on Arranmore in more detail, through community enquiry and archival sources - the focus of a recent podcast and blog he made for the Irish Traditional Music Archive. He also co-founded and is on the core team of traditional singing & music festival Féile Róise Rua on the island. Apart from touring with Ye Vagabonds, Brían has also featured as a guest singer at singing festivals and sessions in Ireland and Scotland.
Our host is Macdara Yeates, a traditional singer, composer and producer from Dublin. Macdara has toured internationally both as a solo artist and with folk ensemble Skipper’s Alley, collaborated with award-winning theatre companies THEATREclub and Mouth on Fire, and produced work in association with Aiken Promotions, The St. Patrick's Festival, The Dublin Port Company and more. Macdara is a founding member of The Night Before Larry Got Stretched, a collective of traditional singers running regular events, with a particular emphasis on the dissemination of traditional song among young people.
To take part, you will need either a mobile phone with a camera or a computer with a webcam. You will also need to create a free account with Zoom and/or download the Zoom app.
Please visit https://zoom.us/signup to set up and download the relevant software.
For those wishing to sing and take part, please register your details free at the Book Tickets link below (via Ticketsolve) and we will forward you all relevant details in time for the session. Please note that time is limited in each session and it may not be possible to get to everyone.
If you have any queries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, stock up on your beverage of choice, dust off your songbook and we will see you then!