The Donegal Tarantella with Francesco Turrisi, Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile, Anna Cinzia Villani and Rónán Galvin

The Donegal Tarantella with Francesco Turrisi, Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile, Anna Cinzia Villani and Rónán Galvin

Wednesday, 1 March 2023, 5.05pm

Traditional singer Macdara Yeates sits down with Grammy-winning Italian musician Francesco Turrisi (Rhiannon Giddens) Italian folk singer Anna Cinzia Villiani, Donegal fiddler Rónán Galvin, and sean-nós singer Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile to explore the unlikely story of how an obscure Italian melody made its way to the hills of Southwest Donegal by way of a shipwrecked sailor.

A collaboration of Irish and Italian folk music, The Donegal Tarantella is an evening of discussion, music and song tracing the history of music and song in two remote musical communities and the historical threads that bind them together.

March 16th, 8pm
Palatine Room, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Free but ticketed

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ABAIR is an annual oral traditions programme which explores the Irish traditions of storytelling, song, and oral history and traces their links around the world.

Taking place as part of The St. Patrick’s Festival, the multi-format programme offers a wide array of concerts, pop-ups and storytelling sessions, that examine the relationship between the sung and spoken word in Ireland and abroad (the Irish word ‘Abair’ translating roughly as both ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’).

The 2023 programme, running from the 16th to the 18th of March in Collins Baracks, features a host of international collaborations such as: ‘The Donegal Tarantella’, an exploration of Southern Italian folk music and its links with Southwest Donegal, with Francesco Turrisi (ITA), Ronan Galvin (IRE), Anna Cinizia Villani (ITA) and Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile (IRE); ‘Yoik and Nyahh’, an event exploring the parallels in the history and culture of the Sami people of Northern Europe and the Irish Travelling community, with Ánde Somby (Samiland), John Connors (IRE) and Stephen Dunne (IRE); and ‘Ukraine & Ulster: Songs of Conflict’, a song-exploration of the recent and current unrest in Ukraine and the North of Ireland, with Olesya Zdorovetska (UKR) and Seán Mone (IRE). Also in the programme is a range of events for children and families including storytelling duo Candle Lit Tales and guerrilla performances from The Fingal Mummers; The Megaphone Project, a new pop-up street singing series; One Arm As Long As The Other a new storytelling and song collaboration from Hugh Cooney and Seán Fitzgerald; and much more.

Curated by traditional singer Macdara Yeates, ABAIR, now in its fifth year, is a staple feature in the annual St. Patrick’s Festival aimed at celebrating the rich oral culture of Ireland and examining its place in the world at large.

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