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Songfest

Songfest is a PEACE III funded celebration of traditional song from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, in County Donegal and Derry City organised by the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. The project culminates in a Showcase Festival in July 2013 to coincide with the 25th Earagail Arts Festival and Derry/ Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013. In addition to a series of world class concerts, the Songfest Showcase Festival will include a 3-day conference of free discursive events and lunchtime concerts at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry on the 18th & 19th July and at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on the 20th July 2013.

Songfest is funded through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for SEUPB by Donegal County Council and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.

 

 

The full programme features:

Tuesday 16th July – Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

8pm (€15/€12)

Opening concert – Mor Karbasi (duo) in concert

 

Wednesday 17th July – Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

8pm (€15/€12)

Sam Lee & Friends in Concert

 

Thursday 18th July – Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry/Londonderry (Free)

Chair – Brian Mullen

11am – 11:45am

Sam Lee – “Traveller Song”

12 noon – 12.30pm

The Inishowen Song Project introduced by Nicholas Carolan

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunchtime Concert (Tom Byrne and Michael Gallanagh plus guests)

2pm – 2:45pm

Grace Toland – “Nationalist Song in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales”

3pm – 3:45pm

Brian Ó hEadhra “An t-Seann Nós san Nós úr / The Old Style in the New Style”

3.45pm – 4:15pm

Tea / Coffee

4.15pm – 5pm

Jimmy McBride and Maurice Leyden with Brian Mullen, “Conversations on Ulster Song”

 

Thursday 18th July –  Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

8pm (€15/€12)

Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) in Concert

 

 

Friday 19th July – Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry/Londonderry (Free)

Chair – Lillis ó Laoire

11am – 11:45am

Eddi Reader / Jackie Oates / Julie Murphy / Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh in conversation with Lillis ó Laoire

12 noon – 12.30pm

The Inishowen Song Project introduced by Nicholas Carolan

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Lunchtime Concert (Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh / Eddi Reader / Jackie Oates / Julie Murphy, musicians Martin McGinley, Tom Byrne and Michael Gallanagh.

2pm – 2:45pm

Ceri Rhys Mathews – “Rambles Through Tunes”

3pm – 3:45pm

Máire Ní Choilm “Women in Traditional Song in Ireland”

3.45pm – 4:15pm

Tea / Coffee

4.15pm – 5pm

Tom Sherlock “Supernatural and Otherworldly Belief”

 

 

 

Friday 19th July – Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

8pm (€15/€12)

Martin Carthy in Concert with Lillis ó Laoire, Máire Ní Choilm and Doimnic Mac Ghiolla Bhríde

 

 

Saturday 20th July – Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

11am – 11:45am

Martin Carthy in conversation with Shaun Hannigan

12 noon – 12.30pm

The Inishowen Song Project introduced by Grace Toland

2pm – 2:45pm

Grace Toland – “Nationalist Song in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales”

3pm – 3:45pm

Máire Ní Choilm “Women in Traditional Song in Ireland”

3.45pm – 4:15pm

Tea / Coffee

4.15pm – 5pm

Tom Sherlock “Supernatural and Otherworldly Belief”

 

 

 

Saturday 20th July – An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny

8pm (€25/€20)

Song Sisters – Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ciaran Crossan & Martin Tourish /Eddi Reader, John Douglas & Boo Hewerdine / Jackie Oates & Tristan Seume / Julie Murphy & Ceri Rhys Mathews.

 

The Songfest Project culminates with one of the greatest celebrations of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English vocal traditions presented by 4 of the world’s finest female voices. The concert, led by Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and legendary Scottish folk singer Eddi Reader with guest Welsh traditional singer Julie Murphy and Jackie Oates – rising star of the English folk tradition – will feature individual sets by all 4 artists and a special collaborative finale.

 

www.angrianan.com

 

 

Sunday 21st July – Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.

8pm (€15/€12)

Closing Concert – Inishowen Gospel & Stut Choir (NL)

 

Principal Funders

The Arts Council

Failte Ireland – National Tourism Development Authority

Donegal County Council

The Gathering Ireland 2013

 

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