Meet Scoil Gheimhridh's 2019 Performers

December 27th

Opening of Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair with launch of Barry Kerr Exhibition - ‘Music from Anything: Ceol ón Cheo’ An Gailearaí, Údarás Business Park | 7pm | Free

Reflecting on fiddler John Doherty’s words, artist Barry Kerr has created an exhibition inspired by the music and landscape of Donegal. This body of work in oil and canvas brings to life the tunes, the songs and the people of mountain and sea, creating a deeply expressive portrayal of the region’s musical custodians and their unique traditions.

December 28th

Lecture: Píobaireacht na mBan | Women in Uilleann Piping 1800s- 1900s presented by Louise Mulcahy

An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair Údarás Business Park |3pm | €5 – 7 (pay on door)

The uilleann pipes is an instrument long associated with male players and throughout history has been a male dominated tradition. Historical records and publications have featured many male performers but little documentation is available on the women who played the uilleann pipes during the 19th and 20th Century. Louise Mulcahy is currently researching this unique area of Irish traditional music. An internationally renowned piper and flute player, Louise has unearthed valuable historical material, photographs and documentation on these important women.

Concert: Women Uilleann Pipes Concert | Coirm bPíob na mBan

Teach Hiúdaí Beag, An Bun Beag | 8.30pm | €7 – 10

Presented by Louise Mulcahy, in this concert we celebrate the current thriving female piping tradition with performers from Gaoth Dobhair, Ireland and beyond. All happening in the beautiful intimate setting of Teach Hiúdaí Beag. 

December 29th

Afternoon concert: UAINE, featuring Bríd Harper, Tony O’Connell, Paul Meehan & Lisa Butler

Teach Jack, Na Ghlaisigh | 4pm | €11.20 – 16

This ensemble of four well-known and respected performers have just released their debut album entitled ‘The Dimming of the Day’. Bríd Harper, a highly respected musician of the Donegal fiddle tradition has performed and taught at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair over the years, and we are very much looking forward to what promises to be a great event!

December 29th

Evening Concert: Julie Fowlis, Zoë Conway, Éamon Doorley & John McIntyre with special guests Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde & Glórthaí Ulaid

Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Na Doirí Beaga | 8.30pm | €13 – 18

These four respected performers of traditional music from both Ireland and Scotland have collaborated to create a beautiful collection of new music and songs, inspired by the modern and ancient poetry of both the Irish and Scottish Gaelic traditions.  This collection of music and song culminated with the release of their critically acclaimed album Allt. Guests for the evening are Glórthaí Ulaidh, which is a combination of two choirs from Belfast (Cultúrlann Mhic Adaim Ó Fiaich) and Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, (Cór Thaobh a’ Leithid), directed by award- winning sean-nós singer Dominic Mac Giolla Bhríde. Steeped in the tradition of Gaelic song, Dominic composes and arranges a range of songs for the singers and musicians to perform. These include his own compositions set to ancient Gaelic poetry, alongside other well-known airs.

December 30th

Afternoon dance: Two-hand Dance with Jimmy & Peter Campbell & special guests

Teach Jack, Na Ghlaisigh | 3pm | €7 – 10 (pay on door)

With direction from Anne Connaghan & Connie Mc Kelvey, you will get the opportunity to experience the unique close relationship between Donegal fiddle music and the two-hand dance, with two of Donegal’s most acclaimed fiddle players. This annual event has become a favourite for our festival regulars.

December 30th

Evening Concert: FIDIL and special guests

Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Na Doirí Beaga | 8.30pm | €13 – 18

Following a hiatus for a number of years, acclaimed trio, Fidil, featuring Aidan O’Donnell, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Damien McGeehan have reunited for Scoil Gheimhridh, with an exclusive premier performance of new material from their new album, ‘Decade’. This album showcases Fidil’s enduring and dynamic artistic curiosity, personality, and individuality. Once again drawing on the rich Donegal fiddle tradition as a springboard for exploring new pathways for ensemble fiddle performance.

December 31st

New Years Eve Concert: Dervish & special guests

Halla CLG Gaoth Dobhair, Na Doirí Beaga | 9.30pm | €10 – 25

2019 has been a remarkable year for this incredible Sligo based band, and we at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth are honoured to host the final hurrah for this great bunch of people. Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for the last 30 years, and marked it with the release of ‘The Great Irish Song Book’ which received critical acclaim! Recipients of this year’s lifetime achievement at BBC’s Folk Awards, this band has played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury, but remain rooted in the music tradition in their home place of county Sligo.

January 1st

Unaccompanied `Singers Session hosted by Ciarán Mac Fheidhlimidh

Teach Hiúdaí Beaga, An Bun Beag | 3pm | €7 – 10 (pa7 on door)

A regular event at Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, which is a relaxed way to start the year where the audience have an opportunity to experience the richness of the Donegal singing tradition.

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