Irish Singer Máirín Uí Chéide, April 7
3:00pm: Traditional Song Workshop. $15 at the door.
7:30pm: Concert. $10 advance, $15 at the door, youth 18 and younger free!
The Traditional Singers Club presents a workshop and concert by Máirín Uí Chéide!
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 Leitirmoir, the heart of the rural Connemara Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) in 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
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.