Work­shop to kick­start three-year mu­sic project

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

Youghal Comhal­tas has an­nounced a new week­end work­shop mu­sic pro­gramme con­ducted by some of the coun­try’s most ac­com­plished tu­tors.

The pro­gramme, which com­mences on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 30, is a three-year de­vel­op­ment plan, un­der Cork County Coun­cil’s Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ties 2018/19 ini­tia­tive.

The group will com­pose new suites of mu­sic and de­velop new tech­niques on in­stru­ments such as banjo, fid­dle, and ac­cor­dion.

The ini­tial week­end will fea­ture Kerry banjo player Dr Daithí Kear­ney, joined by Dublin but­ton ac­cor­dion player Joanne Cu­sack, and Done­gal fid­dle player and singer El­lie Nic Fhion­ng­haille.

Dr Kear­ney is a mu­sic lec­turer and co-di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Cre­ative Arts Re­search at Dun­dalk In­sti­tute of (DkIT). He reg­u­larly works with Youghal Comhal­tas.

Ms Cu­sack, mean­while, has toured in­ter­na­tion­ally with var­i­ous groups and is a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Fair Plé Ir­ish tra­di­tional mu­sic move­ment.

Ms Nic Fhion­ng­haille is a mem­ber of in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned choral group Anún and is a teacher with Dublin’s Ce­oltóirí Clu­ain Tarbh. At DkIT, she is work­ing on a PhD on ‘women in mu­sic in Done­gal’.

Youghal Comhal­tas chair­man, Micheal de Buitléir, said the guest tu­tors will team up, on the open­ing Fri­day, with lo­cal teach­ers.

To­gether, they will work with var­i­ous youth per­form­ing groups at Comhal­tas’s Brú na Sí head­quar­ters. The fol­low­ing day, the tu­tors will fa­cil­i­tate in­stru­ment work­shops on banjo, ac­cor­dion, and fid­dle to de­velop tech­nique and or­na­men­ta­tion.

The ses­sions will be folTech­nol­ogy lowed by a first ex­plo­ration of a new suite of mu­sic com­posed by Dr Kear­ney. Funded by Cork County Coun­cil, the piece is in­spired by Youghal.

In a fur­ther as­pect, Brú na Sí will pro­vide older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity with an op­por­tu­nity to share their sto­ries and these may be in­cor­po­rated into the new com­po­si­tion.

Mr de Buitléir says the work­shops will en­sure the con­tin­ued high stan­dards of per­for­mance, not only for its pop­u­lar Seisiún Ce­olta Si sum­mer shows, but for a range of other ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances in which they par­tic­i­pate.

Fu­ture work­shops will cover flute, con­certina, dance, singing and stage­craft.

Mean­while, the group has been in­vited to per­form at next year’s All-Ire­land Fleadh Cheoil, in Drogheda, and to also fea­ture in the Iron­man Cork per­for­mances in Youghal, next June.

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