Tá Bean in Éirinn @ Belfast TradFest 2022
Taken from a line in the poem Mná na hÉireann written by South East Ulster poet Peadar Ó Doirnín (1700–1769), and perhaps more widely known as a song set to an air by Seán Ó Riada in 1969, tonight is a celebration of some the finest female traditional musicians, singers and dancers in Ireland.
One of Ireland’s favourite singers Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh is from west Kerry. She has had a long track record of producing critically acclaimed albums, as well as enjoying a successful broadcasting career on both television and radio. She toured the world as a member of Danú, and her song repertoire is as wide as it is deep.
TG4 Gradam Ceoil winner Angelina Carberry is an exceptional banjo player, known for her solid rhythm and delicate articulation. She is from a very well-known Longford musical family and she is steeped in the tradition. Quite simply, she is one of the best tenor banjo players of all time.
Caitlín Nic Gabhann is a concertina player, performer, teacher, composer and percussive dancer. Having toured for years as a dancer with Riverdance, 3 time All-Ireland concertina champion Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and concert halls from North America to Asia over the last 15 years.
Síle Denvir is a harpist and sean-nós singer who is deeply influenced by her upbringing in the Connemara Gaeltacht where she was surrounded by music and song from an early age. She is a founding member of the group Líadan, she has toured with The Chieftains.
Edwina Guckian has now taught her steps and shared the stage with some of Ireland’s most influential acts such as Altan, De Danann, Dervish, Mairtín O Connor, Frankie Gavin, Kíla, Martin Hayes, Séamus Begley, and Laoise Kelly to name a few. She set up Áirc Damhsa Culture Club for youths in her area to have a space to be immersed in traditions and cultures from home and all across the world in a fun and non – competitive environment. In April 2022, she was awarded the TG4 Gradam Comaoine for her outstanding contribution to culture.
Doireann Ní Ghlacáin hails from the north-side of Dublin, and is steeped in the rich musical tradition of the area. From her paternal family, The Glackin’s, she learnt the fiddle under the tutelage of her father, Kevin Glackin. She has recently completed a PHD in NUIG. Much of her thesis relates to the music studied by her grandfather Seán Ó Riada.