Tradition Now 2020 | Marathon #1

Tradition Now 2020 | Marathon #1

Saturday, 24 October 2020, 6.00pm

Ye Vagabonds | Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh agus a cairde | Nava | Landless | Cahalen Morrison | Barry Kerr with Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham | Mick & Ciara O’Brien

Host Donal Dineen

Transmitting from NCH, Tradition Now is two marathon concerts reflecting the diversity of contemporary traditional music.

An evening of urgent folk, drawing heavily on song…urban, Irish and old time American as well as Eastern influences and Donegal music.

Mairéad Ní Mhaoinigh is best known as a founder and front woman of the iconic Altan, she has also forged an important solo career as an artist , musician, composer. She is both a keeper and innovator of the Donegal tradition.

With The Hare’s Lament, Ye Vagabonds produced a record that might remind listeners of the exquisite harmonies and intricate musicianship of the legendary Planxty while being evidently part of the current, innovative and vibrant Irish folk scene, alongside their pals Lisa O’Neill and Lankum.

Nava is a Dublin-based quartet exploring the musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of banjoist Paddy Kiernan, guitarist/bassist Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe, on santoor, and tombak/tar/clarinet respectively.

Landless are Lily Power, Meabh Meir, Ruth Clinton and Sinead Lynch. Formed in 2013 and based in Dublin and Belfast, they sing unaccompanied traditional songs in four-part harmony.

American old style singing star Cahalen Morrison is equally at home on guitar, banjo, mandolin, singing three part harmony or unaccompanied, he has carved out a place for himself as a unique voice in American music.

Barry Kerr is one of Ireland’s most accomplished artists. As a highly regarded flute player, uilleann piper, songwriter and painter he is extremely prolific in his creative output. He performs music developed as part of Liam O’Flynn Award bursary.

Mick O’Brien is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed uilleann pipers, he performs with his daughter Ciara on fiddle.

Hosted by DJ, radio presenter and filmmaker Donal Dineen.

Immerse yourself in the rich world of the new and exciting in traditional music: Tradition Now will be available to stream for one week for you to enjoy.

Tradition Now is a partnership between NCH and The Arts Council. Supported by Davy as Innovation Partner and The Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

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