Comhaltas Video Archive
Irish traditional music is a passionate art form. The energy of dance music and the pathos and humour of traditional singing can be difficult to appreciate unless you have the chance to observe it at close quarters. Short of being there, we think that the ComhaltasLive video programmes give you a great chance to do just that.
We began a project a few years ago to document some of the great performances of traditional music. In association with the Irish International Webcasting Company, the ComhaltasLive project set out to capture some of the current ‘greats’ of traditional music, document some of the promising young stars and also to show music within its historical context by referencing audio and video from the past.
The weekly ComhaltasLive programmes have been well-received, and thousands of people have had a chance to see some of this great music up close and personal. Please take a look at this week’s programme, or browse through excerpts from our past programmes.
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If there’s an event or opportunity coming up that you think we ought to cover, just send us a note and we’ll see what we can do. And if we can’t get there, maybe you’d like to write up the event for our journal, Treoir. Don’t forget to include some photos and, where possible, one or two video clips on DVD which we may be able to upload on to the website.
- ComhaltasLive #433 (Full Programme)
- 14 April 2014
- ComhaltasLive Programme #433.
- ComhaltasLive #433-8: Four in a Boat
- 13 April 2014
- Nine-year-old Joseph Mannion on bodhrán leads off the group Four in a Boat in a selection of reels commencing with “Lord McDonald’s” and “Lucy Campbell’s”.
Left-to-right: Sarah O’Gorman (fiddle), Clara Mannion (concertina), Conor Morriarty (accordion) and Darragh Horan (guitar) at the Winnie Fennell Trad Fest in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on the 28th March 2014.
- ComhaltasLive #433-7: Claire Mannion & Darragh Horan
- 12 April 2014
- Concertina player with the group Four in a Boat, Claire Mannion plays a selection of jigs ending with “Willie Coleman’s”, when the group played at the Winnie Fennell Trad Fest in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on 28th March 2014. Guitar accompaniment is by Darragh Horan.
- ComhaltasLive #433-6: Ellen, Sarah & Séamus O’Gorman
- 11 April 2014
- A selection of hornpipes ending with “The Factory Smoke” played on three fiddles by (left to right) Ellen, Sarah and Séamus O’Gorman from Comeraghs Comhaltas Branch in Waterford.
- ComhaltasLive #433-5: Karen Kilroy & Philip Clarke
- 10 April 2014
- A selection of jigs commencing with “Andy McGann’s” played on piano accordion by Karen Kilroy from Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan, with piano accompaniment by Philip Clarke.
- ComhaltasLive #433-4: Members of The Lough Oughter Céilí Band
- 9 April 2014
- Seven members of The Lough Oughter Céilí Band from Killahandra, Co. Cavan (who played in the Fleadh Cheoil in Derry in 2013) play a selection of reels - “The Duke of Leinster” and “The Belles of Tipperary”. Recorded in Boylan’s Pub, Kilnaleck on 7th March 2014. Musicians are (left to right): Ronan Sweeney (uileann pipes) Cein Sweeney and Amanda Finnegan (flutes), Conor Kiernan (piano), Donal O’Reilly (accordion), Andy McGovern (banjo) and Ursula Finnegan (fiddle).
- ComhaltasLive #433-3: Claire & Niamh Fennell
- 8 April 2014
- Sisters Claire (concert flute) and Niamh (bodhrán) Fennell from Comeraghs Comhaltas Branch in Waterford play a selection of reels commencing with “The Street Player”.
- ComhaltasLive #433-2: Scéal Eile
- 7 April 2014
- A selection of jigs commencing with “Head Lifter” and “Dingle David” played by four members of Comeraghs Comhaltas Branch in Waterford and their friend Darragh Horan from Limerick. They are (left to right): Darragh Horan (guitar), Claire Fennell (flute), Sarah O’Gorman (fiddle), Clara Mannion (concertina) and Niamh Fennell (bodhrán). The group are collectively known as “Scéal Eile”.