Siansa Gael Linn 2022
Siansa is one of the country’s most prestigious competitions for young traditional Irish music and singing groups. Organised by Gael Linn with support from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine, Siansa provides a platform for talented teenage groups who aim to emulate groups such as Téada, Altan, Danú etc. While Siansa is essentially a competition, the groups are helped and encouraged along the way by highly regarded traditional musicians. The event is run entirely through the medium of Irish.
Entries will be accepted from schools, clubs/societies, or a group of friends providing that their mentor is over 23 years old. Group members must be older that 12 years old and younger than 19 years old on the 1st January 2022. There must be at least 6 members but no more than 8 members in each group. There is no limit to how many groups entered by each school, club/society.
There are three stages in the competition:
Stage 1: The Recordings
Groups are required to record an imaginatively arranged 10 to 12-minute continuous programme of traditional music, together with one song in Irish on MP3 or WAV. The deadline for receipt of recordings is Tuesday, 7 December 2021. All recordings will be listened to by a recognised musician whose written critique will be forwarded to each group. Groups will be chosen, depending on their standard, to go forward to the second round of the competition.
Stage 2: The Workshops
The groups who have progressed through the first round will attend a workshop on one day during February 2022, in one of four venues throughout the country, providing that it is safe and permissible to have gatherings of at least 50 people. Every effort will be made to organise venues as central as possible for the participating groups. The workshops will be conducted entirely through Irish by well-known traditional musicians/singers who will offer help and advice to all the groups on various aspects of their performance (i.e. choice of tunes/song, arrangements, accompaniment, voice projection etc.). Eight groups will be chosen from among the groups who have participated in the workshops to contest the final.
Stage 3: The Final
The Siansa Gael Linn 2022 Final will be held in the National Concert Hall, Dublin on Sunday, 10 April 2022. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast the concert live. Once all eight groups have played their arrangement live onstage, the adjudicators and they will choose the winners of the €4,500 prizefund. The winning group will receive a prize of €2,500 together with the Gael Linn Trophy. Second prize is €1,250 and third prize €750. Every musician who takes part in the final receives a memento of the occasion.
For more information contact Mairéad Ní Neachtain (Gael Linn) on 0873593957 or email [email protected].
Closing date for entries: 22 October 2021.