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2011 Samhain Deireadh Fómhair Meán Fómhair Meitheamh Bealtaine


Meitheamh 2011

Mary Smith,

Mary Smith




 Mary Smith, from Ness, in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, has performed in Europe, Canada, the USA, as well as Australia and New Zealand, making her debut recording in Wellington, New Zealand.

 She is particularly interested in the social function of song, past and present within the Gaelic communities of Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

 Her extensive repertoire encompasses many songs from the southern isles of the Outer Hebrides in addition to songs from her native Isle of Lewis.

 She is deeply interested and involved in the shared experience of Gaelic traditional song in Scotland and sean-nos singing in Ireland.

 She launched “Sheol Mi’n Uiridh”,Gaelic songs about sailing, published by Clar, in Stornoway and in Kildonan, South Uist, in October 2009. She researched and collected 24 paintings by the Ness artist Angus Morrison(1872-1942) and co - curated the exhibition in An Lanntair, Stornoway ,with Dr Finlay Macleod in June 2006. Along with Ness artist Alison Macleod, she produced the Alexander Carmichael screenprint for the Isle of Lismore and read from Carmichael’s collection for the BBC TV programme “Alleluia”. She has worked consistently with the BBC over many years as well as with many film companies in Ireland and Scotland.

Sineag MacIntyre

Sineag MacIntyre

Sineag MacIntyre on Myspace
Sineag MacIntyre on Facebook




 Sineag MacIntyre from Kilphedar, South Uist started singing from an early age. She released a CD ‘Laithean Sgoile’ when she was in her sixth year in Sgoil Lionacleit and won the Traditional Gold Medal in Dunoon at the Royal National Mod in 2006. She also won the prestigious An Common Gaidhealach Mod Gold Medal in 2009. She is an honours graduate of Scottish Music from the RSAMD. She was nominated as Gaelic Singer of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2010.

 Sineag is particularly keen on traditional songs that come from her native western Isles.

 She has had the privilege to sing in front of audiences in Canada, Washington DC, Ireland, Germany and Denmark. In 2010 she represented Scotland at the International Celtic Congress in the Isle of Man. She is currently preparing material for her new album.

Liam Crouse

Liam Crouse

Liam Crouse on Facebook


’S ann à Rhode Island, anns Na Stàitean, a tha mi bho thùs ach thòisich m’ ùidh ann an cultar Albannach a’ fàs nuair a bha mi nam dheugaire. Thàinig mi a dh’Alba airson a’ chiad uair nuair a thòisich mi fo-cheumnach ann an Ceiltis agus Arc-eòlas aig Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann agus b’ ann an uair sin a dh’fhàs m’ ùidh ann an saoghal na Gàidhlig. Chaidh mi air grunnan thursan a dh’Earra-ghàidheal a dhol a chèilidh air daoine ionadail agus b’ ann ann a’ sin a fhuair mi am foghlam as buaidhmhor ann am pìobaireachd an t-seanna stoidhle. Cuideachd, thòisich m’ ùidh ann an òrain Ghàidhealach aig an tràth sin agus bhon a’ sin, tha mi air a bhith togail òrain ’san t-seann-nòs, air stiùireadh fhaotainn o Sheumas Dòmhnullach Ruadh, seanchaidh bheul-aithris Ghàidhealach o h-Earra-ghàidheal. Bidh mi tric a’ seinn agus a’ dannsadh anns a’ bhuidheann Drumalban.



 Originally from Rhode Island in the United States, I became interested in Scottish culture when I was in my teens. I came to then came to Scotland to do an undergraduate study in Celtic and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and it has been during this time that my interest in the Gaelic world has originated. I went on a handful of trips to Argyll to visit local families and it was during these excursions that I acquired a West Highland style of piping. Also, it was then that my interest in Gaelic song began, and since then, I have been learning songs in the old style, with the help of Argyll seanchaidh, James MacDonald Reid. I often sing and dance in the group Drumalban

Brian Ó Domhnaill



Tagann Brian O Domhnaill as Anagaire i nGaeltacht Dhún na nGall. Ceolann sé amhráin ó na paróistí sa bhaile agus suim faoi leith aige in amhráin neamhghnáth. Bíonn sé ag freastal ar Oireachtaisí go minic agus ghlac sé páirt i Sean-Nós Cois Life ar feadh na mblianta. Leanann sé air ag ceol ag oícheantaí shean-nóis suas agus síos an tír. Tá sé le cloinstin ar a dlúth dhiosca Seachrán Sí.



Rónan Ó Riagáin Rónan Ó Riagáin

Rónan Ó Riagáin


Ronan Regan is a musician and dancer from Salthill, Galway. He currently lives in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim where he is a primary teacher in the local Gaelscoil. In addition to this, Ronan is an instructor of music and dance. He is known for his weaving, lyrical fiddle style and his creative sean-nós dancing and has made appearances on various national television and radio stations including NDR (Germany, 2009), the BBC (England, 2006 and Northern Ireland, 2008), and TG4 (Ireland, 2004-8), WGBH (US 2004). He wrote his thesis on the Leitrim style of music, specialising in the musical styles of Ben Lennon (Recipient of Civic Reception Award from Leitrim County Council in 2007) and Jim Connolly and completed his Masters in traditional music performance, with modules in sean-nós dance in University of Limerick, 2005. As Ronan now lives in Leitrim; he has the enjoyable priviledge of playing a regular tune with Ben Lennon following his weekly music and dance class in neighbouring Belleek, Co. Fermanagh.

As a sean-nós dancer Ronan captures the heart, humour and subtlety of traditional music and dances percussively to the essence of the tune. He performs extensively at events such as the Cóilín Sheáin Dharach Festival, An tOireachtas, Aonach Ceoil Baile Mhúirne and in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the Cork Opera house and the Cutler Emerson Majestic Theatre in Boston.Ronan won the All-Ireland Fleadh (Cavan 2010) Sean-Nós Dance Competition.

Described by many as a natural teacher with an infectious love of dance, Ronan offers sean-nós dance workshops throughout Ireland and abroad. He has provided tuition to all ages in educational centers' such as the Clann Resource Centre, Galway, the Ark Cultural Centre for children, Dublin and the Glór center in Ennis. He has also taught at numerous third level institutions including University Limerick, University Washington, Seattle, Evergreen State College, Olympia and the University of Wiscounsin, Milwaukee.

He is an on-going tutor in the Shaylyn Arts Centre, Ballinamore, and at many annual events such as the Dr. Doughlas Hyde Summer School, Co. Roscommon, the Joe Mooney Summer School in Co. Leitrim, The Ballyshannon Folk Festival and Errigle Arts Festival, Donegal, The John Joe Gordon Festival, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh and the Prague International Irish Summer Festival.

His internationally acclaimed instructional DVD 'Dance Sean-Nós' (2005) has so far sold in 17 Countries across the world and features as course material for various university programmes both in Ireland and abroad.

In Spring 2006, as a choreographer he won the RTE / Arts Council 'Dance on the Box' award. He choreographed the short film 'Why the Irish dance that way' which premiered on John Kelly's 'The View'. It appeared in the Dresden International Short Film Festival in 2007 and in New YorkÕs MoMA in 2007 at "Shortfest: Outstanding Films from International Festivals". The film won first prize at the Chicago Irish Film Festival 2008.

Ronan recently produced and directed his second instructional DVD 'Dance Sean-Nós for Beginners'. The new DVD was launched at the Dr. Doughlas Hyde Summer School (2010) and has been received to critical acclaim. It includes his popular 'Alphabet of Steps' a technique which simplifies learning for the beginning dancer and 'Step Creation' which initiates the beginning dancer in the creative process; the essence of sean-nós dance. The new DVD also presents group workshops with members of the Shaylyn Dance Group, Co. Leitrim, including the finalist for the Rose of Tralee, Martha Gilheaney

Larry Kinsella

Larry Kinsella

Larry Kinsella is a well-known concertina player who grew up in a traditional music family from the Camolin area of north Co. Wexford. He continues to retain his own Wexford style which has been described as “high on skill, touching the heart with its simplistic beauty”. Pearse Ó Caoimhe in The Irish Music Magazine’s review of Larry’s solo concertina album “The Barley Grain”, released by Claddagh Records, July ’08.

His father Lar played Melodeon on “2 RN” and was a box player with the Kinsella family Céilí Band which played for dances and ‘socials’ around north Co. Wexford. Lar would meet the legendary piper Johnny Doran whenever he, Johnny would visit local farmhouses. It was under the guidance of his father that the 6 year old Larry began to play the box and appreciate Irish traditional music, going on to play, in his youth, at local town and village concerts, fleadhs etc. During this time he also had training in classical music on piano and played the cornet and horn with the All-Ireland Champion Gorey Brass Band. He nowadays plays concertina and box, the concertina being the instrument with which he has become most associated. While studying in Dublin in the 1970’s he witnessed at first hand, a new vibrancy in traditional music, providing more inspiration and challenge. With these various influences on board, Larry’s musical journey has continued, playing with and inspired by many great musicians. He played for a number of years with box player, Brendan Begley and they have featured on several radio and television programmes. His interest in uilleann piping saw him team up for an enduring duet with Eamonn Walshe, Larry succeeding in adapting piping style and technique to his concertina, highlighting the compatability of these two reed instruments. This pairing also featured on radio and TV. He also played a lot with piper and whistle player Michael Crehan, (of Ceoltoiri Laighean) including a regular gig at “The Red Cow”. He later formed a partnership with piper Neillie Mulligan and this lead to them playing a popular weekly gig in the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, Dublin for several years. And so many more….

He has been invited to take part in many workshops and festivals throughout the land and abroad - one of the highlights being the Festival Interceltique, L’Orient where he gave a series of concerts with his star-studded group McNeasa. He has also adjudicated concertina up to and including all-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil level. No stranger to the concert and recital stage, Larry was privileged to be chosen by C.C.E. to perform at the Opening Concert of the Millenium All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Enniscorthy. One of his performances at the annual concertina recitals in Miltown Malbay has been chosen by R.T.E. Radio na Gaeltachta for inclusion on their historic, and much acclaimed “Ceol agus Foinn” album, released April ’08 and described by Edel Ní Chuireáin, Ceannaire R. na G. as an “important gem in the continuous development of traditional Irish music”.


The Music that Larry learned is rooted in the people. It is live and authentic, demonstrating an honest tradition. His music is relaxed and played with great feeling and respect.

Marcus Ó Murchú R.T.E. Radio na Gaeltachta officially launching The Barley Grain

Larry Kinsella’s debut album is a breath of fresh air….

The concertina maestro draws his repertoire for the album from a wide range of legendary musicians…..

The climax of the album is in Larry’s delivery of the Speed the Plough selection which is played with a grace and a softness which is hard to rival.

The Barley Grain is a delightful rarity that comes highly recommended.

Pearse Ó Caoimhe The Irish Music Magazine

Some fine concertina playing here with the concentration being on the instrument, the playing, and the music.

This is a debut album and it’s a good one.

All Celtic Music.com

Duine de ridirí móra an chonsairtín is ea Larry. (Larry is one of the finest exponents of the concertina)

Meaití Jó Shéamais reviewing The Barley Grain on Radio na Gaeltachta

Niall Crehan

Steve Coleman



Is píobaire é Steve Coleman agus léachtóir le hAntraipeolaíocht in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Má Nuad. Bhí sé ina mhac léinn ag Seosamh Ó hÉanaí le linn na mblianta a chaith sé in Seattle. Is é Seosamh a spreag a shuim sa Ghaeilge agus is cainteoir breá líofa anois é. I measc ábhar eile, baineann a chuid oibre le dinimicí na teanga agus an phobail, chomh maith le cúrsaí ealaíne sa phobal - an ceol, an seanchas agus an scéalaíocht.



Lillis Ó Laoire

Lillis Ó Laoire


Se seinneadar agus sgoilear a th'ann an Lillis Ó Laoire. Tha e ga aithneachadh ann an iomadach àite feadh Èirinn agus Alba, far am bi e an làthair aig cuirmean ciùil agus aig fèisean eile cuideachd. Bhuannaich e Corn Sheáin Uí Riada ag Oireachtas na Gaeilge dà thuras (1991/94). Am bliadhna, chaidh Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man, fhoillseachadh, mun t-seinneadar ainmeil seann-nòis a Carna, Gaillimh. Sgrìobh e an leabhar a tha sin comhla ri Sean Williams, ard-ollamh a Evergreen State College, Washington, anns na Stàitean Aonaichte. Tha Lillis Ó Laoire 'na òraidiche ann an Roinn na Gaeilge, Sgoil nan Cananan nan Litreachasan is nan Cultar, Ollthaigh na h-Èirinn, Gaillimh


Is amhránaí agus scoláire é Lillis Ó Laoire a bhfuil aithne air ar fud Éireann agus Alban. Is iomaí coirm agus ócáid cheoil ar ar fhreastail sé le blianta. Tá Corn Sheáin Uí Riada buaite faoi dhó aige (1991/94) ag Oireachtas na Gaeilge. I mbliana, foilsíodh an saothar Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man, faoin amhránaí cáiliúil Seosamh Ó hÉanaí a scríobh sé i gcuideachta Sean Williams. Tá Lillis Ó Laoire ag obair i Roinn na Gaeilge i Scoil na dTeangacha in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh.


  Lillis Ó Laoire is a singer and scholar from the Donegal Gaeltacht. He is known in many parts of Ireland and Scotland and has, over the years, attended many musical events. He has twice won Corn Uí Riada at Oireachtas na Gaeilge (1991/94). This year, Bright Star of the West: Joe Heaney, Irish Song Man, a biography of the renowned singer from Carna, Co. Galway, and cowritten with Sean Williams, Evergreen State College, Washington, was published. Lillis Ó Laoire teaches Irish in the School of Languages Literatures and Cultures, NUI Galway.





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