€90,000 in Arts Council Funding for New Traditional Music Albums

Aoife Ní Bhriain

€90,000 in Arts Council Funding for New Traditional Music Albums

New projects includes recordings by Aoife Ní Bhriain, Paul Harrigan, Zoë Conway and Julie Fowlis, and Cárthach Mac Craith.

In its latest round of Deis Recording funding, the Arts Council has awarded 15 traditional artists a total of €90,000 for new albums and publications.

The albums include a recording by fiddle-player Aoife Ní Bhriain showcasing a Bach/Tommy Potts crossover project that will be released on Raelach Records; a duet album from concertina player Sarah Flynn and fiddle-player Doireann Glackin featuring repertoire collected from female musicians of the early twentieth century; an album of piping music from Donegal by Paul Harrigan; and a new collection of recordings from the William Kennedy Piping Festival.

Song collections
Song albums include a collection of new work based on Scottish and Irish poetry by Zoë Conway and Julie Fowlis; a project by Lorcán MacMathúna based on the National Folklore Collection’s Schools Collection; two new collections of Oriel Gaelic song from Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin; and an album by Waterford singer Cárthach Mac Craith drawing on the work of collector Nioclás Mac Craith.

There were a total of 55 applications for the award, the deadline for which was in April. See below for full details of all projects. 

For upcoming Arts Council deadlines, visit http://www.artscouncil.ie/funding.

Deis Recording Projects 2018

Aoife Ní Bhriain
Record and release a debut solo fiddle album showcasing a Bach/Tommy Potts crossover project. Album will be produced by Jack Talty and released on the Raelach Records label.

Caoimhín Vallely
To release an album of music recorded at the William Kennedy Piping Festival.

Michael O’Brien
Record and release a second album by the Goodman Trio showcasing music from the Goodman Manuscripts Book 1 and 2. 

Sarah Flynn and Doireann Glackin
Debut duet album based on repertoire collected from female musicians of the early 20th century. 

Angelina Carberry
Research, record and document traditional music from the County Longford region.

Aoife O’Connor, Majella O’Beirne and Mary Corcoran
A new recording focussing on forgotten and unearthed repetoire.

Thomas Johnston
To produce an album of traditional music/song from A Winter Wish, a traditional arts suite created especially for children. 

Lorcán Mac Mathúna
A project of music and songs inspired by the National Folklore Collection’s Schools Collection.

Cárthach Mac Craith
A recording of sean-nós singing from Waterford drawing on the songs of collector Nioclás Mac Craith.

Paul Harrigan
An album of uilleann piping that explores the reportoire of traditional music in Donegal. 

Seán Ó Muimhneacháin
Publication of a newly composed collection of Agallaimh Fhileata.

Gerry O’Connor
To publish the complete collection of the Dance Music of Oriel in written and audio format with introduction and commentary. The Dance Music of Oriel is a collection of music by Rev. Luke Donnellan from 1909.

Zoë Conway and Julie Fowlis
To record new songs based on poems from Ireland and Scotland in Irish and Scots Gaelic.

Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin
Record the third and fourth Ceoltaí Oirialla CDs from the Oriel Gaelic song tradition project. This will complete the audio recordings of 50 songs for the Oriel renewal project 2004–2018.

Matthew Noone
To record, transcribe and release a collection of unusual settings of tunes by whistle player from East Clare, Michal Moroney (known as Rooney).

Published on 18 September 2018

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