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1st May - 4th May 2015
1 Bealtaine - 4 Bealtaine 2015

21st annual Féile Chois Cuain
21ú Féile Bhliantúil

 Programme of Events
Clár Imeachtaí

A celebration of traditional Irish music and song
Deireadh Seachtaine Amhránaíochta, Ceoil, agus Damhsa

Louisburgh in the parish of Kilgeever, barony of Murrisk and the ancient district of Iar-Umhall has a rich heritage in the traditional arts. Domhnall Meirgeach Mac Conmara and Seán Mac Conmara were notable poets from the dim and distant past. Bunting collected several "airs" in the area and his "collector" Patrick Lynch had a fruitful sojourn in the area in 1802 and collected over 30 songs. Among others, he found blind piper Billy O'Malley "who had the greatest variety of Irish songs".

James Berry in his Tales of Old Ireland wrote "the pipes in these days" (before the famine) "were as plentiful as blackberries in Autumn" and Martin Moran, an imposing blind piper of 6'4", was "considered to be the best player in Connaught in his day". Martin became a great favourite of John McHale - the Lion of Tuam - who presented him with a set of pipes which cost 35 pounds and in presenting them the Archbishop christened Martin 'the last of the Minstrels'.

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Le fiche bliain anuas mheall an fhéile scoth na gceoltóirí agus na n-amhránaithe ó gach cearn den tír chun na háite. A bhuíochas ar na haíonna agus ar na cuairteoirí sin, tá cáil i bhfad is i gcéin ar Fhéile Chois Cuain i measc lucht leanúna na n-ealaíon traidisiúnta. Tá lúcháir orainn go mbeidh an fhéile ar bun arís i mbliana agus go mbeidh baile beag Chluain Cearbáin lán de cheol, de chraic agus de chuideachta ar feadh na deireadh seachtaine.

Tá clú agus cáil ar Fhéile Chois Cuain de bharr na seisiún bríomhar neamhfhoirmeálta a bíonn le cloisteáil ar na sráideanna agus sna tithe leanna – Bí linn má tá amhrán le rá agat, port le casadh nó damhsa sna cosa agat! Sin, nó bí inár gcuideachta le blaiseadh den saibhreas cultúir sin.

Féile Chois Cuain is renowned for its informal and impromptu Sessions so if you have a song to sing, a tune to play, a step to dance or simply appreciate our culture, why not join us?

Come join in the fun. Beidh míle fáilte romhat.

 

 Programme of Events 2015

Friday 1st May / Dé hAoine 1Bealtaine

  • 7.30pm - Mol an Óige. Ceolchoirm le sárcheoltóirí óga. Youth concert featuring local and visiting artists. Venue: Parochial Hall. Táille/Admission €5.00
  • 9.30pm: Fáiltiú / Cheese and Wine reception in “An Bhun Abhainn”.  Fáilte roimh cách! All Welcome!.
  • Music and Singing Sessions in Local Pubs.

Saturday 2nd May / Dé Sathairn 2 Bealtaine

  • 10.30am - 4.00pm: Set Dance Workshop / Ceardlann Seiteanna. Venue: Parochial Hall

  • 10.30am - 4.00pm: Masterclasses - Máistir-ranganna Venue: Sancta Maria College

    Tutors/Teagascóirí

    • Ballads: Cian Kearins / Sean-nós: Traolach Ó Conghaile
    • Accordion:  Seamus Walshe/ Michael Curran
    • Banjo: Brian McGrath
    • Concertina: Niamh Ní Shúilleabháin
    • Fiddle: Emma Sweeney / Martin Dowling
    • Flute: Orlaith McAuliffe / Christina Dowling
    • Harp: Holly Geraghty
    • Tin Whistle: Tara Diamond / Paul Gallagher
    • Set Dance: Mairead Casey
    • Note: Lunch break 1pm to 2pm

  • 11 am – 12.30pm:  Club na Féile: Spraoi do Pháistí ó 4 go 8 mbliana daois
  • 4.15pm - 6.00pm: Seisiún Amhránaíochta Sean-Nóis le scoth na n-amhránaithe ar an sean-nós - Aíonna:  Johnny Mháirtín Learaí Mac Donnchadha, Mairéad Ní Cheallaigh, Caitriona Ní Cheannabháin, Síle Denvir, Meaití Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta, Pól Ó Ceannabháin, Ailish Ní Chonghaile, Éamon Ó Donnchadha, Antaine Ó Faracháin, Nollaig Ní Laoire, Nollaig NicAindriú.

    Fear a' Tí: Traolach Ó Conghaile, Adm €5.00. Venue Parochial Hall

  • 8.45pm: Grand Concert / Ceolchoirm na Féile

    • Music, Song and Dance, featuring Cian Kearins Traolach Ó Conghaile, Seamus Walshe, Michael Curran, Brian McGrath, Niamh Ní Shúilleabháin, Holly Geraghty, Tara Diamond, Mairead Casey and a host of other artists.
    • Táille/Admission €10.00. Venue: Parochial Hall.

Sunday 3rd May/ Dé Domhnaigh 3Bealtaine

  • 4.00pm: “Trasna na dTonnta” / “Over the Waves” A special concert of artists who were born or are living abroad

    • Among those taking part will be Emma Sweeney, Orlaith McAuliffe, Martin Dowling, Christina Dowling, Claire Egan, Paul Gallagher and friends agus go leor eile.
    • Adm €10.00. Venue: Parochial Hall
  • 9.00pm – 12.00am: Set Dance Social / Oíche Sheiteanna - Music by Heather Breeze' Céilí Band

    • Adm €10.00. Venue Parochial Hall

Monday 4th May / Dé Luain 4 Bealtaine

  • 12.30pm: 'Slán Abhaile' Sessions

Beidh seisiúin cheoil agus amhránaíochta sna tithe tábhairne i rith na deireadh seachtaine - Music and singing sessions in all pubs over the weekend.

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Enquiries to

Michael O'Grady
Tel: + 353 (0) 98 66276
Mobile + 353 (0) 87 2412511
Email: feilechoiscuain@yahoo.com

Kitty O'Malley
Tel: + 353 (0) 98 66281
Mobile + 353 (0) 86 3985163
Email: kittyomalley@eircom.net

 

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