Previous Siansa participants Jos Kelly, Paddy Hazleton and Ted Kelly, now performing as JPTrio.
Eight young traditional groups, who have qualified through two preliminary rounds of the competition, will compete in the Siansa Gael Linn 2012 final which is to take place on Sunday, 29 April in the National Concert Hall. The groups that have made it are: Teaspach from Sligo Grammar School; Réaltaí from Scoil Mhuire agus Pádraig, Swinford, Co. Mayo; Macalla from Corofin, Co. Galway; SeaNua from Tramore, Co. Waterford; Frioscaí from Raheny, Dublin; Floscadh from Artane, Dublin; Geasa from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary; and Na Fataí Fánacha from Coláistí Eoin agus Íosagáin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Each group plays a ten to twelve minute selection of traditional music, including a song, of their own arranging. In preparation each group was given an opportunity to attend workshops with Síle Denvir (of Líadan) and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Having given the young musicians tips and advice at the workshops, they will now judge the final, alongside Ciarán Ó Maonaigh of Fidil.
A sum of €2,500 and the Gael Linn trophy will be awarded to the overall winners, while those in second place will be awarded €1,250 and the group in third place will receive €750. These groups will also have their winning performances released on CD in due course. A memento of the occasion will also be presented to every member of each group participating in the final.
Previous participants in Siansa Gael Linn include the 2010 winners Ioscaid, who recently won the BB2 Young Folk Award; Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, the TG4 Young Musician of the Year, who was a member of the group Fionnuar, Siansa winners in 2008; and Paddy Hazleton, and Ted and Jos Kelly, members of the 2009 winning group Spraoi from Sligo, who released a CD lately as JPTrio.
The Siansa Gael Linn Grand Finale will be broadcast live from the National Concert Hall on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Sunday, 29 April at 7.30p.m. and will be presented by Áine Hensey.
A limited amount of tickets for the event are still available from the National Concert Hall on 01:4170000 /www.nch.ie.
Published on 19 April 2012