Sean No's & Traditional Irish Singers


Sean No's & Traditional Irish Singers

Sean No's means "Old Style". For the unaccompanied singers of Traditional Irish Music in Gaeilge or English. Discussions, tips, references, schools/lessons, major influences, various styles, etc. Also, Scottish Gaelic and Mouth music.

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Latest Activity: Nov 19, 2020

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Learning Sean Nos Singing: Teachers & Classes

Started by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez. Last reply by Michele McCormack Sep 9, 2019. 8 Replies

Some of you have had the opportunity to attend classes/workshops or secure a teacher for learning Sean Nos singing. With many different regional styles to choose from, what have your experiences been like (easy, difficult, limiting, eye opening,…Continue

Language and Song

Started by Michael Perigoe. Last reply by Bas ten Asbroek Jul 18, 2015. 4 Replies

How important is the understanding of a language to one's singing? I think this could be an interesting discussion in the context of Sean Nós and other types of song in Ireland.Continue

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Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on March 12, 2012 at 18:34

To all Sean Nos Singers: I just received a reply from "THE" Niamh Parsons (check out her video posted "Steeple Sessions 2011"). Please consider joining the Sean Nos Group. Go to the Groups Listing on the left side of the screen, click All Groups, scroll thru to "Sean Nos: Traditional Irish Singers", click and JOIN; or just click on Sean Nos: T I S on this posting. It'll get you there quicker. Hope to see alot of new members. Cheers, Danny

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on March 12, 2012 at 17:21

I just posted a comment on Niamh Parsons' video of Steeple Sessions 2011. Wow!! What a beautiful voice (and one of my favorite artists). I would love for her to join our Sean Nos Group. What a wealth of information and experience she could provide about Traditional Irish singing!!!! Her celebrity status would encourage more people to join this group.

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on March 11, 2012 at 12:30

My reason for starting this group is my deep love for Sean Nos singing. I can't remember the first artist that I heard that drew me to this form of musical expression, but I do acknowledge Ms. Treasa Ni Chathain (Terry Kane) from the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania area, for her knowledge, her beautiful voice, and her patience in explaining and teaching me the subtleties of this unique form of traditional Irish music. Since then, I've been able to learn who these atrists were. My favorite was/is Triona Ni Dhomhnial (Bothy Band). Her rendition of "Cade sin don te sin?" is one of my favorites. Michael O'Dhomhniall's (Bothy Band) "Tiocfaidh an Samhradh"; The Watersons' "John Barleycorn"; A. L. Lloyd's "The Two Magicians"; Ceoltoiri's Connie Mckenna give a beautiful version of "Mna na hEireann". In fact, this song was my first attempt to do Sean Nos singing. Not knowing Gaeilge I had to rely on mimicing what I heard as best as I could. Ms. Kane informed me that my Irish pronunciation needed work. I tried listening to other versions of the song and quickly became dismayed, because the second version was by a man from Donegal,......his regional dialect/pronunciation was so different that I soon became lost. I would have to learn Gaeilge to do the songs correctly. Also in my battle, were the use and inflection of the "Irish" musical voice. The "trill" or "lilt" (don't know if that's the right phrase), especially by female artists is tantalizing and quite sexy. My trill sounded like a very poor attempt at yodelling. But I haven't given up.

Then there are songs that use some accompaniment: Christy Moore's "Well Below The Valley" (voice and bodhram), Niamh Parsons' "An Paistin Fionn" (solo voice and then accompaniment on the chorus). But then the question arises: Are these songs truly Sean Nos singing?

Please join in discussion and advice for singers, telling of experiences and training, or download your performances for others to listen to. Can't wait to see how this group grows.




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