PICK OF THE WEEK
You may have thought that every possible angle on the Rising has been quite thoroughly explored already this year, from costumed recreations to costumed docudramas, to several hundred performances, dances and exhibitions focused on Man of the Year, Roger Casement. But what about the role of young people? Dublin Youth Theatre now get in on the Commemorative act by throwing their net slightly wider and taking a contemporary look at revolution and protest in the lives of young people in Ireland today. Developed with a cast of 20 in collaboration with writer Helena Enright and director Tom Creed, the new show uses archive materials and interviews with artists, activists, journalists, and politicians to explore how young people become radicalised or engage with social issues. In the digital tumult of today, what can be learned from the past? FLEADH CHEOIL NA hÉIREANN For the competitive of spirit and the languid listeners alike, the annual gathering at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is a must.
Ennis, its host this year, is a fine location, lying in the belly of the beast that is the traditional music heartland of Clare. While 6,000 competitors duke it out in 180 competitions, there’s plenty of room on the streets and in the snugs for the sessions that form the backbone of this annual landmark event in the traditional music calendar.
Nightly céilidhe will keep dancers on their toes, while those with an ear cocked for the regional accents that define the music can seek out fiddlers Siobhán Peoples and Seamus Connolly, Sliabh Luachra fiddle/accordion duo Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly (above), among a slew of others.
A highlight will surely be Saturday’s’s concert recalling the golden era of Irish music in the US, when The Flanagan Brothers were in full swing. Stockton’s Wing sally up with Maura O’Connell, Kíla parlay a few tunes with Scottish band Manrán, and if that’s not enough to sate the appetite, there’s Comhaltas’ nightly Club Éigse, where tutors and students take to the stage with their knapsacks of new and old tunes vying for position.
Singers seeking to enrich their song repertoire, dancers in search of steps well-worn and new, and musicians in pursuit of tunes or travelling companions will all be jostling for space in the Fleadh melée. See listings for more details. fleadhcheoil.ie