Mise An Fear Cheoil – Séamus Ennis: Talk, Tunes and Song

  • 14th Aug
  • 16:00
  • €16
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street

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Wednesday 14th August

Séamus Ennis was one of the most important figures in Irish traditional music in the 20th century. In this, the centenary year of Ennis’ birth, Mise an Fear Ceoil is a uniquely entertaining and informative hour of talk, song and music.

One very valuable aspect of Séamus’ life was his work collecting traditional music and song in all parts of Ireland. One 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 aspect of Séamus’ work.

Ríonach Úi Ógáín 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, will perform songs which come from the Ó Caodháin collection and uilleann piper Peter Browne who learned music directly from Séamus Ennis will play tunes from both Ó Caodháin and Ennis.

Presented as part of #Séamus100: Séamus Ennis Centenary Celebrations

Image courtesy of the RTE Photographic Archive