Hup na Nollag - Christmas Special of TG4’s Traditional Irish Music Series

Press Release : Hup captures the very best of our music in many of the musical hotbeds around the country and over the course of 13 programmes we’ve been treated to intimate performances by masters young and old.

This very special Christmas Day edition of Hup brings us into the heart of Kinvara, Co. Galway and features some extraordinary Kinvara-based performers, as well as some of the biggest names in Irish music along with 10-time Grammy winning musicians Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn who bring their unique country music from Nashville to the west of Ireland with an intimate performance.

This year’s TG4 Musician of the Year Máirtín O’Connor teams up with the ConTempo Quartet for a stunning rendition of O’Carolan’s music, while Kinvara-based songsmith Declan O’Rourke treats us to a song from his brand new album.

Christmas, of course, is a time for family and the incredibly musical Glackin family will join us for a fiddle extravaganza, while the music of nearby Bell Harbour is showcased with a performance from Grandfather and grandson Chris and Cathal Droney on concertinas.

Mick Kinsella on harmonica and concertina and Steve Larkin on fiddle play a beautiful rendition of Coleman’s March from their new release.

Comedian and musician Pat Shortt adds his unique brand of humour to the celebrations and gives a rare performance on saxophone along with some of his musical comrades. Young piper Tara Howley gives a solo performance which shows her virtuosity on the uilleann pipes, and accordion maestro Dermot Byrne and fiddle player Paul O’Shaughnessy, both of Altan fame, perform a lively selection of Donegal music with Floriane Blancke and Brendan O’Regan.

This year’s winner of the prestigious Corn Uí Riada – the main competition for sean-nós singing – Bríd Ní Mhaolchiaráin will show us why she took home the trophy this year with a sean-nós song rooted in the Carna tradition, while sean-nós dance is also featured with 11-year old Eoin Killeen from West Clare, who joins Máirtín O’Connor and his friends for a lively set of tunes. A seasonal song from the Lismorahaun Singers sees three generations of local singers united in harmony and brings the entire community together for this stunning performance.

Featuring some of Ireland’s most well-known performers, as well as introducing new emerging talent, this programme showcases the extrordinary wealth of talent we have playing Irish traditional music today. From solos to sessions, choirs to quartets, and from a sean-nós dancer on a barrel to a sean-nós singing champion we’re given a full overview of the endless strands of our musical heritage. Over 13 programmes Hup has received enormous praise for its organic style and high-quality music. This Christmas special brings the first series of this innovative new series to a rousing finish.


Hup na Nollag: 9.15pm, Christmas Day  on TG4.


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