Caitlín Nic Gabhann Appointed Traditional Artist in Residence at UCC

Caitlín Nic Gabhann (Photo: Maurice Gunning).

Caitlín Nic Gabhann Appointed Traditional Artist in Residence at UCC

Concertina-player, dancer and composer begins her residency this month.

The Arts Council and University College Cork (UCC) have announced the appointment of concertina-player, dancer and composer Caitlín Nic Gabhann as the UCC Traditional Artist in Residence for 2022. Nic Gabhann, who previously studied at UCC, begins her one-year residency this month, during which she will deliver a series of concerts, workshops, and classes.

Nic Gabhann is a renowned concertina-player and dancer, and toured for years as a dancer with Riverdance. She is also a three-time all-Ireland concertina champion, a composer and a teacher, and has toured internationally in Europe, Asia and the US over the past fifteen years. 

She has released a number of recordings – including her 2012 debut album Caitlín and the 2018 release The High Seas, featuring fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and fiddle and bouzouki player Cathal Ó Curráin. Her compositions have been performed in the Cork Opera House and the National Concert Hall in Dublin. 

Nic Gabhann and Ó Maonaigh run – an online resource for concertina learning – which offers courses for players of all levels. She is also the Director of the Wild Atlantic Concertina Week, a week of music and local culture in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal.

In 2020, she took part in Music Network’s Butterfly Sessions and was commissioned to compose a piece of music in response to the first lockdown. Her piece, titled ‘An Ciúnas’, is a slow three-part march. 

Nic Gabhann’s appointment coincides with the UCC music department celebrating 100 years of Irish traditional music studies in 2022. Previous Traditional Artists in Residence at UCC include Nollaig Casey, Danny O’Mahony, Jack Talty, Colin Dunne and Karan Casey. 

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Published on 12 January 2022

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