One in a series of events originally recorded during 2019, celebrating what would have been the 100th Birthday of legendary Irish musician, singer, linguist, raconteur, broadcaster, folklore collector & archivist, Séamus Ennis.
Featuring Ríonach uí Ógáin, Róisín Elsafty, Peter Browne & Ciarán Browne, Mise an Fear Ceoil is a uniquely entertaining and informative hour of archive material, speech, song and music.
One very valuable aspect of Séamus’ life was his work collecting traditional music and song in all parts of Ireland. The single person from whom he gathered over two hundred songs, lilts, tunes and stories for the Folklore Commission of Ireland was Colm Ó Caodháin of Glinnsce in Conamara. Mise an Fear Ceoil shines an interesting and entertaining light on this one part of Séamus’ work.
Ríonach uí Ógáin tells us about the daily life of the folklore collector at that time – the 1940s. Ríonach has written of this in both of her books; Mise an Fear Ceoil and Going to the Well for Water, giving a fascinating insight into Ó Caodháin’s repertoire and the interaction between the two men.
Róisín Elsafty, a celebrated sean-nós singer from the Conamara Gaeltacht, performs songs which come to us from the Ó Caodháin collection.
Uilleann piper and broadcaster Peter Browne (who learned music directly from Séamus Ennis) offers his unique personal insight into the music, life and times of Ó Caodháin and Ennis, with Ciarán Browne performing tunes from the collection.
This event, as part of #SÉAMUS100: Séamus Ennis Centenary Celebrations took place on October 5th 2019 at The Fingal Festival of History, The Archbishop’s Chapel, Swords Castle, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
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