Described by Matt Molloy as “a remarkable musician”, Dónal McCague from Co. Monaghan was a worthy recipient of the prestigious TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana award in 2013. Dónal is well known for his vibrant, fresh and unique fiddle style. In 2011 he released his critically acclaimed début solo fiddle album entitled Bits ‘n’ Pieces.
Donal McCague: Dónal has twice performed at the Frankie Gavin International Fiddle Festival; Galway 2005 & The National Concert Hall Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day 2006. He has performed on Irish TV programmes such as Fleadh Live, Bosca Ceoil, Geantraí, Imeall & Gradam Ceoil on TG4 and on the Fleadh Programme on RTÉ 1 as well as on national radio. He was won awards at both the Fiddler of Dooney and the Fiddler of Oriel which has been won by Liz Carroll, Liz Kane, Tommy Peoples and Jim Mc Killop to name a few. Dónal is greatly influenced by the fiddle playing of Tommy Peoples, Séamus Quinn, Brian Rooney, John Carty and Frankie Gavin.
In recent times, Dónal has recorded on Michael McCague’s album of self-compositions entitled “The Waylaid Man” (www.michaelmccague.com) and also recorded on & arranged the material for “Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over It”. This album of traditional Irish music features music sourced in the 18th & 19th centuries from the Sliabh Beagh region which takes in parts of counties Monaghan, Fermanagh & Tyrone. The album, which features many musicians from the Sliabh Beagh region, was released in 2014. www.deardarkmountain.com.
As well as being an accomplished solo musician, Dónal has substituted for Oisín MacDiarmada in the well-known band “Téada”. He has also performed with the “John Carty Festival Band” and with members of De Dannan, The Chieftains & The Bothy Band as well as with Matt Molloy, Frankie Gavin, John Carty and Arty McGlynn to name a few.
Tommy Fitzharris: Multi-instrumentalist Tommy Fitzharris, hails from Stradbally, Co Laois, and has been playing traditional Irish Music since the age of seven. He comes from a musical family and is self-taught on the flute, concertina and whistle.
Tommy made a first ever for his county in 2009 when he won the Senior Concertina Title in the All-Ireland Fleadh. In 2012, he then triumphed in the All Ireland Senior Flute Competition winning it also at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Cavan.
Tommy has been a tutor on the BA in Irish Music and Dance and on the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance in the University of Limerick from 2009 to present. In addition, he is in constant demand as a tutor and performer on the traditional Irish music festival scene and continues to give workshops and concerts at various traditional music festivals nationally and internationally. Tommy has toured Europe, the United States and Asia extensively with the band Ciorras who were formed as part of the Lorg Lunny programme on TG4. He has featured on the Fleadh programmes, BBC Alba and its annual coverage of the famous Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Beijing TV, Geantraí, Ceilí House and The Tubridy Show. He has performed in some the worlds most prestigious music venues including The Forbidden City Concert Hall Beijing, The National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Munich Philharmonie Concert Hall to name but a few. Tommy holds an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance and a Grad Dip in Music Education, attained from The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Donal McCague (fiddle) and Tommy Fitzharris (flute/concertina) first met at the Ennis Trad Fest in 2012 while having a few tunes with the great Peter Carberry. Donal is a worthy recipient of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year award in 2013, while Tommy has won numerous All-Ireland titles on both concertina and flute. The duo have performed at numerous music festivals together including at the Tonder Festival, Denmark, in 2014.
We are delighted and proud to be able to welcome Dónal and Tommy to perform a recital for Craobh Naithí at the Divine Word Parish Centre on May 20th. Bígí Linn!
Clann Lir is a new orchestral suite composed by Dublin based harper and flautist, Oisín Morrison. The suite, an hour long musical portrayal of the Irish legend ‘The Children of Lir’, will be played by Ceolfhoireann Naithí agus Cairde, an orchestra of young traditional and classical musicians.
The suite explores the tragic story of the children, depicting their turbulent lives, including the loss of their humanity, their beloved parents and their endurance of the harshest conditions in nature.
The music of Clann Lir combines ten movements, representing the different chapters in the family’s life, which eventually culminates in their inevitable reunion in the afterlife.
Craobh Naithí are delighted to host a recital night with Liam O'Brien and Hajime Takahasi. A very popular winner of the TG4 Ceoltóir Óg Gradam Cheoil 2017 Award Liam hails from Miltown Malbay in Co.Clare. He is accompanied by music student at the University of Limerick Hajime Takahasi from Tokyo in Japan. Watch the clips below of these two fine musicians. A wonderful nights entertainment is assured.
Cead Isteach: €10 Daoine Fásta. Daoine óga: saor in aisce (free to young people)
Location: Church of the Divine Word Marlay Grange
Refreshments served at the interval
Click on the links below to see the boys in action:
Tonight at the Divine Word Parish Centre Marley at 8pm Martin Gaffney hosts an evening with fiddle player Ben Lennon. From a family steeped in music living near the Leitrim Fermanagh border, Ben began playing fiddle at the age of 10. He lived through the years of the arrival to Ireland of the 78rpm records, which brought the fiddle playing of emigrated fiddle players such as Coleman & Morrison to a local level for those lucky enough at the time to own a gramophone. He has recorded several albums and now teaches at music schools such as The Willie Clancy week and Drumshanbo. He is a brother to Charlie and Maurice Lennon. A very interesting and unique opportunity to hear this special man....cupán tae agus rudaí deasa le nithe ar fáil ag an briseadh!
A social evening - Gala Dinner and Concert - will take place on 15th October 2016 at Fitzpatricks Hotel Kiliney to celebrate Craobh Naithí's 40th anniversary. All are welcome - anyone who has had any affiliation with the branch past or present, to what promises to be a great evening. Drinks reception commences at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale each Thursday evening at a special ticket desk in the hall at the price of €40 each. They can also be purchased by contacting Derek Johnson directly - 087 2208661 A once in a decade celebration. Comhgairdeachas Craobh Naithí! Daichead Bliain ag fás!
The end of year concert takes place this year in St. Colmcilles Secondary School Knocklyon on Thurs 19th May. Please have the children come and practice with their tutors at 6pm and the concert will commence at 7pm. It is free event open to all interested.
Fleadh Cheoil Átha Cliath takes place in Dalkey this year from May 10th - 15th. Further details (and a more legible version of the poster below!) at http://www.craobhchualann.net/fleadh-ceoil-atha-cliath-tickets/ The main competitions will be held in Loreto Abbey Secondary School in Dalkey from 13th - 15th May. Exact times of competitions yet to be published - ask at the desk for the Fleadh Program in the coming weeks. Craobh Chualann who are running the event are looking for volunteers - help will be needed with
- Traffic Management
- Competition door keeping
- Entrance door keeping
- Snack shop
- Entry fee taking
- Teas and Coffees
If you can help at all - many hands make light work - please forward your details to email@example.com
Childrens Christmas Party today 6th Dec at THE RUAH CENTRE BALLYROAN 3PM games and face painting Santa will visit!!!
Bring your instruments
6-8pm 17th Dec St. Colmcilles Secondary School All welcome
Arrive at school at 6pm and concert begins at 6.30pm.
Every musician will play at the concert as part of their group.
Children who are beginning to learn music, and aren't part of a group yet, will all perform together on stage with some of the teachers.
They will get a chance to practice together before the concert begins.
26th Dec - meet at De La Salle carpark Churchtown @ 1pm
7th Jan Classes Resume
Saturday Nov 7th
Divine Word Parish Centre Marley at 8pm
'An audience with Michael Tubridy' hosted by Sarah Jane Woods
Sarah Jane Woods talks to Michael Tubridy about his lifelong memories of Irish Traditional Music and musicians (no cover charge)
Wednesday Nov 11th 2015
Ballyroan Parish Centre 8pm
Oíche Amhránaíochta le Mary Blennerhassett (Baile an Fheartáiraigh) agus Rita Ní Catháin (Inis Óirr)
A singing session with performances by various singers both young and old
Thursday 12th November
St. Colmcilles Secondary School
Thursday Miscellany - Informal concert to take place between classes
Performances by pupils, teachers and committee members
Friday 13th November
Faughs GAA Club
Seisiún Fhéile Naithí - Family Session from 9pm
Saturday 14th November
St. Colmcilles Secondary School Knocklyon
Féile Naithí MasterClasses (13 - 18 yrs) & junior workshop (9 - 12 yrs)
June McCormac (Flute) MacDara Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle) Derek Hickey (Accordian) Míchéal Ó Raghallaigh (concertina)
Junior Workshop (9 - 12yrs)
Tutor: Sarah Jane Woods11am-4pm Cost: €10
Master Classes (13 - 18 yrs) 11am - 4pm Cost €25
Cost Includes entry into Féile Naithí Evening Concert and Tutors Lunchtime Recital
Places remaining in some classes - call 0872208661
Tutors Lunchtime Rectial St. Colmcilles Secondary School 1pm-2.30pm All Welcome
Michael Rooney Senior Group Ensemble Workshop - Selected Musicians
Féile Naithí Evening Concert
Performances from visiting tutors and Ensemble Workshop Musicians- Divine Word Parish Centre 7pm Marley Grange
Music for Hope Foundation
Sliabh Luachra Accordionist
Bryan O' Leary & Friends
Saturday 3rd of October 2015 @8pm
Divine Word Parish Centre
Bryan O' Leary - Gradam Ceoil TG4 winner 2014 & grandson of Jonny O’Leary
Featuring Guest Craobh Naithí musicians
Adults: €10.00 / Juniors – €5
Tickets available at classes on Thursday
& on Saturday at door.
All proceeds will go to the Hope Foundation to support street orphans in Calcutta, India.
Bryan’s cousin, Riona Sparkes, Craobh Naithí U-18 Grúpa, will be travelling to Calcutta with the Hope foundation at the end October.
Please support a great evening of traditional music.
Fleadh Cheoil Átha Cliath takes place in St. Paul's Community School Greenhills on Sat 9th May - Sun 10th May
We will be taking entries for Solos duets and trios on Thursday March 12th and 19th
A separate form needs to be filled in for each competition a competitor is entering - print off the pdf form received in your email and have it completed before approaching desk to save time
For Comhaltas members - cost is €2 per entry u18 €4 o18
Grúpa and céilí band competitions take place on the Saturday
Solo Duet and Trio competitions take place on the Sunday
Registration for classes for September 2015 for new and existing members takes place at the committee desk April 16th 23rd and 30th from 6 - 9 pm. Please advise a member of the committee if you are seeking to join Craobh Naithí and they will be happy to answer any questions and show you around. The committee desk is in the main hall in St. Colmcilles Secondary School in Knocklyon.
A programme of Pre-Instrumental
Traditional Music Classes for Children aged 6 to 7 years old
A Fun Introduction to Irish Traditional Music for Children
hoping to begin learning an instrument in September 2015
Listening and responding to Traditional Music
Finding the Pulse and Keeping a Steady Beat
Learning about the Basic Tune Types
Exploring a selection of Instruments in the Tradition
Classes will take place from 6pm to 6:30pm
Commencing on Thursday 26th February
and finishing on 26th March (5 weeks)
Recital with Padraig McGovern (Uilleann Pipes) and Peter Carberry (Button Accordian) Divine Word Parish Centre Marley 8pm
An alternative Valentines night! Treat the special person in your life to a fantastic night of music from these highly respected top class musicians - cup of tea and home baking at the interval. Not to be missed!
Admisson €10 and €5 concession Juniors free
Marlay Recital featuring Nell Ní Chróinín amhráiní ó Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh winner of the national Sean-Nós singing competition at this years Oireachtas festival in Killarney.
with talented young musicians from Déise - Caoimhín & Seán Ó Fearghaíl who released their CD 'Lá ag Ól Uisce' last year - Seán plays fiddle and concertina, and Caoimhín plays pipes, flute, and guitar.
Tickets €10 adults, €5 concessions Juniors free entry
Fri 14th November - Session in Faughs GAA Clubhouse
Sat 15th November – Master-Classes / Concerts
Sat 15th Nov
11:30 to 12:00 – Registration – Total cost €25
12:00 to 14:00 – Master Classes in St. Colmcille’s Community School
14:00 to 15:30 - Lunch and Recital
15:30 to 16:45 - Master Classes
19:00 to 21:00 - Evening Recital in Divine Word Parish Centre
Limited numbers / pre-booking mandatory
Advanced pupils to be targeted for master classes
Fiddle Donal Mc Cague - Scotstown, Co. Monaghan
Flute Tommy Fitz Harris – Stradbally, Co. Laois
Box Colm Gannon – Boston USA / Connemara
Concertina Edel Fox – Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
Uilleann Pipes To be confirmed
Cost: Master Classes including lunchtime recital and evening concert: €25
Concert only €10 for adults.
IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC AWARENESS AND ACTIVITY WORKSHOPS FOR JUNIOR MEMBERS
Venue: St. Colmcille’s Community School, Scholarstown Road, Knocklyon
Date: Saturday 15th November 2014
Age Group: Young musicians between 9 and 12 welcome (4th, 5th and 6th class)
Facilitator: Sarah-Jane Woods
MUSIC AWARENESS AND ACTIVITY WORKSHOP PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE:
EMPHASIS ON FUN AND ENJOYMENT RATHER THAN JUST LEARNING TUNES
LISTENING - LEARNING BY EAR – GROUP PLAYING
LEARNING TO RECOGNISE TUNE TYPES - REELS, JIGS, HORNPIPES ETC
IMPORTANCE OF RHYTHM / DANCING - LINKING WITH TUNE TYPES
OPPORTUNITY TO TRY OUT DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS
PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDES LUNCHTIME AND EVENING RECITALS
11:00 – 11:30 Registration
11:30 – 11:45 Welcome from workshop teacher / outline of day’s activities
11:45 – 12:15 Importance of learning by ear / tips on how to listen / recognising tune types / learning short piece by ear
12:15 – 12:45 Dancing / importance of rhythm / focus on polka, jig, reel / clapping, tapping, lilting / watch some dance steps / see and hear the link between music and dance / learn simple two-hand dance
12:45 – 13:00 Mini break – juice / water / fruit will be provided
13:00 – 13:30 Instruments module / focus on fiddle and accordion / demonstration by U18 musicians / mini session / listening and playing together / focus on common tunes / pupils to nominate two tunes from Craobh Naithí yellow book on application form for inclusion in session
13:30 – 14:00 Guest Storyteller – Niall de Búrca
14:00 – 14:45 Lunch Break – Children to bring own packed lunch
14:45 – 15:30 Lunchtime Recital Featuring Visiting Tutors
19:00 – 21:00 Evening Recital in Divine Word Parish Centre, Marley Grange.
COST OF FULL PROGRAMME €10 including concerts - LIMIT OF 12 PLACES - BOOKING ESSENTIAL