Special guests, siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Ó Flatharta feature in our May 2021 online Traditional Irish Singing Session, hosted on Zoom and streamed live on YouTube and Facebook Live.
Siblings Caoimhe and Séamus Ó Flatharta hail from the Gaeltacht region of Conamara in County Galway. Born into a musical family in the village of An Áird Mhóir, they were exposed to traditional Irish Music at a very young age and later developed into accomplished multi instrumentalists, singers and dancers. The Ó Flatharta siblings are noted for their unique arrangements of well known Sean-Nós songs, taking a particular interest in vocal arrangement and harmonisation. Both Caoimhe and Séamus are multi All Ireland winning performers who keep their language and heritage at the heart of all their musical endeavours.
I gceantar Iorras Aithnigh a rugadh ‘s a tógadh Caoimhe agus Séamus Ó Flatharta. Bhí an t-ádh orthu beirt gur tógadh iad i gceantar a bhfuil cliú agus cáil air mar gheall ar an saibhreas de cheoil tradisiúnta, amhránaíocht agus damhsa ar an tsean-nós, atá go smior i ndaonracht na háite. Tá cáil ar Chaoimhe ‘s ar Shéamus mar gheall ar an eagar nua-aimseartha a chuireann siad ar amhráin aitheanta ar an tsean-nós. Tá a lán gradaim bainte amach acu ag leibhéal náisiúnta sa cheoil, damhsa agus fonnadóireacht. Admhaíonn siad go bhfuil tionchar ollmhór ag a dteanga, a mbaile agus a n-oidhreacht ar a gcuid ceoil.
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.
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 3rd Saturday of the month and will feature songs 'from the floor' and from an invited guest singer.
For those wishing to sing and take part, please book your free ticket at the Book Tickets link and we will forward you the Zoom link you'll need to participate in the session. Please do not delete this email and do not share the link with others. You will need either a mobile phone with a camera or a computer with a webcam and a Zoom account. Please visit https://zoom.us/signup to set up and download the relevant software.
*As time flies during these sessions, it may not be possible to get to everyone on the night for a song, our host will explain the process at the start of the event.
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!
*English is the spoken language for these sessions, with some Irish from time to time.
Songs can be sung in Irish or English.
Báin súp as!