Mu­si­cians find soul in the songs

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - lmur­phy@irish­times.com By Lauren Mur­phy

Ac­claimed sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird is to host a new mu­sic se­ries on TG4 fea­tur­ing a num­ber of high-pro­file Ir­ish mu­si­cians.

Anam an Amhráin, a four-part se­ries that be­gins on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 20th, sees the for­mer Afro Celt Sound Sys­tem man take us on a “nos­tal­gic mu­si­cal jour­ney” around Ire­land in an ef­fort to re­vi­talise a love of time-hon­oured Ir­ish mu­sic.

Each episode will fea­ture con­tri­bu­tions from cross­over trad-folk artists such as Damien Dempsey, Paul Brady and De­clan O’Rourke, as well as more tra­di­tional mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Sea­mus Be­g­ley, Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomh­naill and Al­tan’s Mairead Ní Mhaon­aigh.

Each artist will per­form a ver­sion of a tra­di­tional song re­ar­ranged by Ó Lionáird, which in turn will be ac­com­pa­nied by spe­cially cre­ated an­i­ma­tions that de­pict the story of each song.

Speak­ing to The Ticket, Ó Lionáird said he was de­lighted to be in­volved with the project. “It’s a great artis­tic chal­lenge to ad­dress th­ese clas­sic songs, ”he said. “It was a par­tic­u­lar priv­i­lege to visit the Gaeltacht and be given such close ac­cess to the bedrock of this mu­sic with the singers there.”

Damien Dempsey was equally en­thu­si­as­tic, pro­fess­ing a deep love of the Ir­ish lan­guage. “I was hon­oured to be a part of this project and it will hope­fully bring amaz­ing Ir­ish songs to many new young ears, ”he said.

New se­ries: Iarla Ó Lionáird

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