Special guest Nell Ní Chróinín features in the 3rd of our series of 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 on the first Saturday of the month from June to September and will feature songs 'from the floor' and from an invited guest singer.
Nell Ní Chróinín hails from the Irish speaking Múscraí Gaeltacht of West Cork. This area is historically linked with a strong heritage of song and music. Nell was exposed to these local traditions of the area from a very young age.
She began singing at the age of 11 under a local singing scheme Aisling Gheal, whose aim is to preserve local songs by teaching them to the younger generation, thus ensuring their preservation. She has enjoyed success in her singing career to date. Her achievements include several underage singing medals and titles from various Irish festival competitions as prestigious as the Oireachas na Gaeilge and The Fleadh Ceoil.
Nell is also the youngest ever recipient to receive ‘TG4’s Gradam Ceoil Traditional Singer of the Year‘ award in 2012 and the prestigious Corn Uí Riada award which she was awarded in 2014.
Nell remains true to her local Múscraí Gaeltacht singing heritage, citing the local influences of her parents, Máire Ní Cheilleachair , Eoiní Maidhicí Ó Suilleabháin and Eilís Ní Shuilleabháin.
She is currently the lead singer in the well-renowned traditional band, Danú, with whom she tours with on a regular basis and she can be heard on their latest album, Ten Thousand Miles.
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 view the session, the live stream will be viewable on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/theseamusennisartscentre
and our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TSEAC
For those wishing to sing and take part, please register your details free at the Buy 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.
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In the meantime, stock up on your beverage of choice, dust off your songs and we will see you then.