Traditional Irish Music
Donegal-based trad and folk duo Raggle agus Taggle have just launched their debut EP “Dhá Thaobh” in aid of Pieta House suicide awareness. Consisting of 4 tracks—2 original Irish-language folk songs and 2 traditional reels—the EP is available for online purchase and in CD form with original art-work by Nicola Gilcreest. To support Pieta House you can go to Bandcamp to purchase the album. Here is the link www.raggleagustaggle.bandcamp.com
Raggle agus Taggle are Ciaran Gilcreest from Letterkenny and Stephen Brehony from Donegal town. Ciaran plays guitar and sings and Stephen plays tenor banjo, fiddle and tin whistle.
Following a recent trend of Donegal musicians working with Pieta House to raise awareness of the epidemic of suicide in Ireland (and Donegal in particular) all proceeds from the EP sale will go directly to Pieta House.
“Stephen and I both lost close friends to suicide in 2016. Stephen lost his best friend and I lost a close friend and very wonderful lady.
“The consequence of suicide and the knock-on effect is lived daily and affects whole communities across this island. It’s a difficult concept to understand and we want to help by raising money for Pieta. Their presence in our community is vital to prevent further deaths.
“Even one death by suicide is too many and we feel that being open about our own experience with mental health may help those in crisis by letting them know they’re not alone and encourage them to reach out for support. We are new to this and want to get more involved in the prevention of and support of individuals in crisis. It’s extremely difficult to live daily feeling suicidal but with time, care, attention and love, recovery is very real and possible.”
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