ceol na mara in concert
sunday aug 9 at 20:30 (duration approx 1.25 hours)
venue: University Concert Hall, Foundation Building
Áine Sheridan comes from North Galway and champions the culture, music and sing from her native area in her playing and presentation. She has a keen interest in older music and song. North Galway encompasses a unique area known as Maigh Seola, where The King of the fairies for all of Ireland, Fionnbarra, is reputed to live. While no longer a Gaelic speaking area, it is rich in folklore and oral heritage which weave the Tapestry of Áine's performance. She is a Primary School Teacher with a particular interest in the Irish Language. She has studied Gaeilge and other Celtic languages at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and has played harp since her secondary school days. Áine considers the Alexander Technique an integral part of her performance and everyday life.
A native of Spiddal, County Galway, in the heart of the Connemara gaeltacht, Steve Sweeney has spent his whole life immersed in Irish music and culture. He has performed extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.A. He recently played with Áine Sheridan and Richie Byrne at a dinner for Prince Charles which was hosted by President Michael D. Higgins. Steve is a multi-instrumentalist and regularly gives master classes on whistle and accordion, most recently at the South Sligo Summer School.
Maria Fahy brings a flavour of the East Galway music style to the ensemble. Her fluid style of fiddling has won many admirers among the afficionados of Irish traditional music. Maria has toured extensively throughout Europe with many influential musicians, including the Keane family. Her musical collaboration with Áine, Steve and Richie goes back many years. She is also very involved in teaching.
Richie Byrne is a native of Galway city, where he began his musical career as a teenager, playing at many venues throughout the city and country. He has worked in music all his life as a session musician, producer and arranger. He founded the West Coast Guitar School, and has passed his love of the guitar on to many hundreds of students over the decades. Richie has toured extensively throughout Europe. He is also choral director of a number of choirs in Galway city and county.
The ensemble play a mixture of traditional and classical Irish music from the 16th and 17th century melodies of O Carolan, through the song culture of 18th century Mayo and Connemara to contemporary music from today's living Irish culture, with a few strange detours as one would expect on the Wild Atlantic Way.