Is Traditional Music the State's 'Background Music'?

Joe Biden on his visit to Ballina, Co. Mayo, in June 2016.

Is Traditional Music the State's 'Background Music'?

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta to broadcast discussion on traditional music and the state.

As part of Cruinniú na Cásca, the major new festival of culture taking place on Easter Monday, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast a live discussion on the relationship between Irish traditional music and the state.

Presented by Tristan Rosenstock, the programme will ask if traditional music is taken seriously as an art form or if it is simply the state’s ‘background music’ when there is an official visit. Other topics for discussion are whether there is enough state supports for traditional music, and if other art forms and genres have a better range of supports.

Taking place in Smithfield, Dublin, one of four Dublin venues for Cruinniú na Cásca, contributors include Tiarnán Ó Duinchinn, uilleann piper and winner of the 2013 Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal, and fiddle-player and Editor of The Journal of Music Toner Quinn. 

Other music events for Cruinniú na Cásca include a discussion on the critic today hosted by Banter, a public interview with music manager Fachtna Ó Ceallaigh, again hosted by Banter, performances by Crash Ensemble and Adrian Crowley, Slow Moving Clouds, Inni-K, Ye Vagabonds, Rue, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hot House Flowers, The Academic, Jack O’Rourke, Soulé and Loah, and much more.

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Published on 24 March 2017

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