Traditional Irish Music
Siansa uniquely showcases Irish music and Irish song by young musicians, all through the medium of Irish, and this is the climax of the competition which is organized annually by Gael Linn, with support from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine. Now in it’s sixteenth year, the competition continues to inspire and attract new groups of the highest caliber, and this year’s final will see close contest between ceoltóirí óga from Coleraine to Cork !
Out of an initial entry of over 60 groups for the competition, the eight finalists qualified through two preliminary rounds of the competition since December last. They are:
‘Tigh Tara’, Loreto College, Coleraine, County Derry,
‘Sáile’, Coola Post-Primary School, Sligo,
‘Leoithne’, Coláiste/Gaelcholáiste Choilm, Ballincollig, County Cork,
‘Fiúntas’ from Abbeyleix and ‘Lonrach’ from Borris-in-Ossory, County Laois,
‘Imreasc’, Laurel Hill Coláiste Limerick,
‘Dúchas’, Corofin, County Clare and ‘Ragairne’, Sandyford, Co. 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.
Providing help and encouragement to these lucky groups on their way to the National Concert Hall were renowned traditional musicians, fiddler, concertina player and singer Niamh Ní Charra and Declan Masterson, piper and multi-instrumentalist. Joining them at the adjudicator’s table for the final will be the highly-respected concertina player and guitarist, Jacinta McEvoy, currently a member of the acclaimed group ‘Gatehouse’. The groups will be judged on their overall performance on the night, incorporating choice of music, arrangement, singing and ensemble playing.
With a generous prizefund of €4,500, there is no doubt but that there will be a high standard of music and fierce competition at the event. €2,500 and the specially-designed Siansa 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! Each participant will also be presented with a small memento of the occasion.
The concert will be broadcast live from the National Concert Hall on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Sunday, 2 April at 7.30p.m. and will be compered by the station’s popular presenter, Áine Hensey.
Tickets for the event are on sale in the National Concert Hall - 01:4170000. www.nch.ie/Online/Siansa-Gael-Linn
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