Stiúideo Cuan Announces Spring Concert Series

Skipper’s Alley

Stiúideo Cuan Announces Spring Concert Series

Féasta Ceoil an Spidéil ‘23, beginning this month, will feature Téada, Paddy Keenan, The Bonny Men, Skipper's Alley, Cherish the Ladies, Altan and more.

Stiúideo Cuan, the arts and music centre in An Spidéal, Co. Galway, has announced its second spring concert series, taking place from February until May. 

Féasta Ceoil an Spidéil ‘23 will present twelve concerts beginning with a performance by traditional group Téada on 24 February, featuring Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Paul Finn (accordion), Damien Stenson (flute), Seán Mc Elwain (guitar), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán), and Samantha Harvey (piano and dance).

The March concerts begin with six-piece Líadan, whose members include Síle Denvir, Deirdre Chawke, Elaine Cormican, Valerie Casey, Claire Dolan and Catherine Clohessy, on 10 March. A week later, renowned uileann piper Paddy Keenan will perform two concerts on 17 and 18 March.

This will be followed by three days of concerts with Slide (Éamonn de Barra, Daire Bracken, Aogán Lynch and Mick Broderick) on 23 March; the seven-piece The Bonny Men on 24 March; and alt-folk five-piece Skipper’s Alley (John Francis Flynn, Patrick Cummins, Ultan O’Brien, Fionnán Mac Gabhann and Caoimhin Ó Fearghail) on 25 March.

April begins with the Raw Bar Collective (Conal Ó Gráda, Benny McCarthy and Dave Sheridan) on 6 April, followed by the family group Na Casaidigh the following day (7 April). On 20 and 21 April there will be another pair of concerts, with Altan first followed by T with the Maggies (Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Moya Brennan).

The series will finish with Irish-American traditional band Cherish the Ladies (Joanie Madden, Mary Coogan, Mirella Murray, Nollaig Casey and Kathleen Boyle) on 19 May. There is space for just 65 people in the intimate venue and tickets are available now.

Recent projects
Stiúideo Cuan opened in November 2021 with the premiere of An Cosán Draíochta – a specially commissioned work by accordion player and composer Johnny Óg Connolly. This will followed by another commission, Cosán na Naomh by Máire Breatnach, which was performed last autumn. In November 2022, Connolly toured his work across the country. The venue also curated a concert series last spring that featured Laoise Kelly, Stephanie Makem, the Mulcahy family, Matt Molloy, John Carty and Máirtín O’Connor. 

In January 2022, Stiúideo Cuan produced the first series of its traditional music proghamme Cuan an Cheoilwhich was broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, YouTube and social media. The second series was broadcast in autumn of last year. The programme, presented by Liam Ó Maonlaí, features a range of performances and in-depth discussions with musicians such as Síle Denvir, Barry Kerr, Mary Bergin, Conor Connolly, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Edel Fox and Liam O’Connor.

Founded by Charlie and Éilís Lennon with Artistic Director Darach Mac Con Iomaire, Stiúideo Cuan is based beside the Ceardlann craft centre in the Gaeltacht village and has recently undergone significant development to transform it from a studio only to a performance venue with a number of spaces including rehearsal and production space with recording and audio-visual post-production facilities. 

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Published on 8 February 2023

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