Ardán, featuring Ciara Ni Bhriain, Therese McInerney, Marian Curtin & Aileen O’Callaghan

Friday 30th Sep 2022
  • Music

Ardán, featuring Ciara Ni Bhriain, Therese McInerney, Marian Curtin & Aileen O’Callaghan. Curated and hosted by Louise Mulcahy.

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.

Ciara Ní Bhriain

Ciara Ní Bhriain started learning violin with the Young European Strings at the young age of three. When she was 12, she began studying viola in the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She then pursued her studies on viola with David O’Doherty in the Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T.) where she was also studying Irish and Concert Harp with the wonderful Denise Kelly.
Ciara has been awarded prizes at the ESB Feis Ceoil and Sligo Feis Ceoil on both viola and harp. She won the Miscellaneous competition on viola at the All-Ireland Fleadh in 2012 and the under 18 All-Ireland fiddle competition in 2013.  Ciara has collaborated with Grammy Award-Winning producer Judith Sherman on a recording of ‘Stories from the Old World’.
Ciara was the leader of the viola section in the Irish Memory Orchestra. She also performed as soloist with the orchestra at the Jeonju International Music Festival in South Korea.  In recent years Ciara is in demand as a teacher of fiddle and harp and is invited to conduct workshops in Ireland and Europe, where she also performs regularly on radio and television programs.

Therese McInerney

Therese is a fiddle player and singer from Miltown Malbay. ‘The Youth That Belonged To Miltownis Therese’s second studio album after her debut solo album ‘Down the Strand in 2017. Therese holds a First Class Honours MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from University of Limerick and was privileged to study under some of the country’s finest musicians and singers at the Irish World Academy. She also holds a BCL Law Degree from UCC and is currently studying for a Higher Diploma in Gaeilge. Therese works in several areas of Traditional Irish Music and has a huge interest in Irish history and language. As well as a performer and teacher of music and song, she presents the West Wind on Tuesday nights on Clare FM and the Galtee Sessions on Saturday nights on Tipp FM. She has also worked on the production teams of several television programmes such as Gradam Ceoil TG4, Oíche Chultúir sa Ghaeltacht TG4, Slí na mBeaglaíoch and most recently The Fleadh programme for RTÉ.  

Marian Curtin 

Marian is a flute and whistle player from Miltown Malbay. Earlier this year Marian recorded her first studio album ‘The Youth That Belonged To Miltown’ with fellow Miltown Malbay musician Therese McInerney. She began playing the tin-whistle at the age of seven, attending music classes with Brid O’Donoghue for many years. As well as being a primary school teacher, Marian teaches flute and whistle in both Clare and Laois. Growing up, she attended many workshops, including Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, where she experienced many different styles of music which undoubtedly shaped the style of music she now plays. Marian has shared many stages with fellow musicians and has achieved great success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann on numerous occasions- winning All Ireland titles in solo whistle and flute, trios and Grúpa Cheoils. 

Aileen O’Callaghan 

Aileen O’Callaghan is a piano player from Mallow in North Cork. She took up music at a very early age and went on to study Music at University College Cork before completing her training in Education in 2014. She has had huge success with céilí bands, having played the fiddle with the 2012 All-Ireland Champions, The Awbeg Céilí Band and piano with three-in a row champions, The Shandrum Ceili Band who have gone on to make two recordings “The Dawn” and “The Boss Murphy Musical Legacy”. She has been teaching piano and concertina for the past 14 years. She has performed across Europe including England, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. Aileen currently teaches Maths and Music at St. Aloysius Secondary School, Cork and most recently recorded piano on the album “The Youth That Belonged To Miltown” with Marian Curtin and Therese McInerney. 

The Youth That Belonged To Miltown 

Therese and Marian grew up in Miltown Malbay in West Clare in the 90s. Both the rich history and lively traditional music scene in the town had a huge impact on their musical lives. Both Therese and Marian attended tin-whistle classes locally from a young age before moving onto their respective instruments. As teenagers, Marian and Therese regularly attended the Blondes (Cleary’s Pub) in Miltown Malbay and were immersed in a rich West Clare tradition of music and song. They were welcomed to the regular Thursday night session and encouraged by local musicians such as Michael Mahony, Pete Haugh, Michael Falsey, Pat Curtin, Tony O’Loughlin, Frankie McNamara and many more. As the title of the album ‘The Youth that Belonged to Miltown’ suggests, both Therese and Marian have moved away from Miltown Malbay in recent times. Therese now lives in Ennis, while Marian has moved to Laois. Despite this, their style remains predominantly influenced by their roots.