Singing Session with Rita Gallagher
Special guest Rita Gallagher features in the latest of our series of online traditional singing sessions, hosted on Zoom and streamed live online.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and necessary social distancing measures, we invite traditional singers to join a Zoom conference call to share songs from the comfort of one's own home anywhere in the world. The sessions will take place in monthly instalments on the first Saturday of the month and will feature songs 'from the floor' and from an invited guest singer.
Originally from near Frosses in south-west Donegal, Rita Gallagher now lives in Crossroads in east Donegal, and has been involved in traditional singing in English since her early 20’s, going on to win the prestigious All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann competition three times. She travelled with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann on tour groups to England and North America in the 1980’s. Rita has made three recordings, Easter Snow, originally released in 1997, The May Morning Dew in 2010 (which includes a re-release of Easter Snow), and The Heathery Hills released in 2016. Rita was honoured to be the 2017 recipient of Gradam Ceoil Amhránai na Bliana from TG4, also Gradam na Fleidhe Nua in May 2017, and a Bardic Award from CCE in August 2017. Among her many influences is the late Paddy Tunney, who called her “The Linnet of the Bluestacks”, a reference to the locality of her birth! Also hugely influential is Dolores Keane, as well as many others.
Our host is Macdara Yeates, a traditional singer, composer and producer from Dublin. Macdara is a founding member of The Night Before Larry Got Stretched, a collective of traditional singers running regular events, with a particular emphasis on the dissemination of traditional song among young people.
To take part, you will need either a mobile phone with a camera or a computer with a webcam. You will also need to create a free account with Zoom and/or download the Zoom app. Please visit https://zoom.us/signup to set up and download the relevant software.
For those wishing to view the session, the live stream will be viewable on our YouTube Channel and our Facebook Page.
For those wishing to sing and take part, please register your details free at the Book Tickets link below (via Ticketsolve) and we will forward you all relevant details in time for the session. Please note that time is limited in each session and it may not be possible to get to everyone.
If you have any queries, please contact us on [email protected]