Upcoming Concert and Workshop:
April 7, 2018
at The Celtic Junction Arts Center
3:00pm Workshop. $15 at the door.
7:30pm Concert. $10 adv/$15 door. Concert is free for 18 and younger!
County Galway native Máirín Uí Chéide will lead an afternoon workshop and perform an evening concert of unaccompanied traditional song presented by the Traditional Singers Club of the Twin Cities.
3pm Workshop: Máirín will teach songs in both English and Irish (Irish Gaelic) languages. In addition to being a true tradition bearer from western County Galway, Máirín has extensive experience teaching Irish language and song regularly in Boston and is a favorite guest teacher at the Sean-nós Northwest Festival in Washington.
7:30 Concert: an evening of Máirín’s beautiful unaccompanied traditional singing with additional performances by local Singers Club regulars and others.
Máirín Uí Chéide was born in Leitir Móir in the heart of the rural Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) of County Galway. Irish was spoken by almost everyone and Máirín was surrounded by a strong oral tradition of singing. She has been singing all her life.
At age 12, Máirín met well-known Irish cultural advocates Séamus Mac Mathúna and Bríd De Brún and was inspired to begin participating in Comhaltas feiseanna (music competitions). Máirín went on to participate in such competitions over many years, eventually winning the coveted Corn Ui Riada, the highest honor in sean-nós singing at the Oireachtas na Gaeilge.
Máirín sings sean-nós (old style) with pride and an awareness that it is her duty to pass it on. A Boston resident now for several years, she continues to teach Irish language and singing, maintaining the oral nature of the transmission of the culture as much as possible. She hosts a radio program completely in the Irish language on WNTN every Saturday as part of Larry and Sean Reynolds’ “Sound of Erin” team. Máirín has performed across the United States and in Ireland and she has been inducted into The Hall of Fame of The Northeast Region of the North American Comhaltas Ceolteoirí Éireann.
You can listen to Máirín singing and discussing sean-nós singing at http://archive.ttbook.org/listen/23416
About the Traditional Singers Club
The Traditional Singers Club supports and encourages involvement and excellence in Irish and related singing traditions. We do this in part by providing a regular singing session in the Twin Cities for those who are interested in learning, performing, and sharing knowledge on unaccompanied traditional songs, which was seen as an unmet need when the club was founded.
We host a monthly singing session. We also host concerts and workshops by respected traditional singers. Past guests include Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Norman Kennedy, Len Graham, Rhiannon Giddens, Áine Meenaghan, and Dáithí Sproule. (see a full list here)
Traditional Singers Club concerts follow a format designed to showcase featured artists while also promoting local participation in traditional singing. Thus, a typical event will include performances by “resident” club singers as well as an impromptu song or two from selected “floor” singers.