Traditional Irish Music
Eight young traditional groups are tuning up in readiness for the Siansa Gael Linn 2012 Grand Finale which will take place on Sunday, 29 April next in the National Concert Hall at 7.30p.m. ! Siansa is a unique fusion of the Irish language, Irish music and young people and this is the climax of the competition which is organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from Irish Music Magazine, Foras na Gaeilge and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
The groups who will perform on the National Concert Hall stage in this year’s final are: Teaspach, Sligo Grammar School; Réaltaí, Scoil Mhuire agus Pádraig, Swinford, Co. Mayo; Macalla, Corofin, Co. Galway; SeaNua, Tramore, Co. Waterford; Frioscaí, Raheny, Dublin; Floscadh, Artane, Dublin; Geasa, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and Na Fataí Fánacha, Coláistí Eoin agus Íosagáin, Booterstown, Dublin. Each group will play their own ten to twelve minute selection of traditional music, arranged in a new and innovative way, and must include an Irish song in their repertoire.
Siansa Gael Linn 2012 kicked off in December last, and the eight finalists have qualified through two prelimary rounds of the competition since then. To aid the creative process, the young musicians were given an opportunity to attended workshops with Síle Denvir and Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich. Síle, an accomplished harpist and singer, is a member of the group Liadán, and Breanndán is a renowned box-player and singer and member of the group, Boys of the Lough. Having given the young musicians tips and advice at the workshops, they will now judge the final alongside Donegal fiddler, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, founder of the group ‘Fidil’. With a generous prizefund of €4,500, there is no doubt but that there will be a high standard of music and fierce competition on the night. €2,500 and the Gael Linn trophy will be awarded to the overall winners, those in second place will be awarded €1,250 while the group in third place will receive €750! These groups will also have their winning performances released on CD in due course. A memento of the occasion will also be presented to every member of each group who will participate in the final.
Previous participants in Siansa Gael Linn are enjoying success in the world of music of late. The 2010 winners ‘Ioscaid’, who hail from Northern Ireland, picked up the BB2 Young Folk Award 2012 recently, while Caoimhín Ó Fearghaíl, the newly-crowned TGG Young Musician of the Year was a member of the group ‘Fionnuar’, Siansa winners in 2008. Paddy Hazelton, Ted and Jos Kelly, members of the Sligo group ‘Spraoi’ who won in 2009, are gaining recognition as the JPTrio and released a CD lately. Who knows what will be in store for the Siansa Gael Linn 2012 winners ?
The Siansa Gael Linn Grand Finale will be broadcast live from the National Concert Hall on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Sunday, 29 April at 7.30p.m. and will be presented by Áine Hensey. A limited amount of tickets for the event are still available from the National Concert Hall on 01:4170000 /www.nch.ie.
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