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 #496_9:Sean Nós Dancing competition 15-18
- 23 July 2016
- In the Sean Nós Dancing competition 15-18 at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, 2015 in Sligo, Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin, CCÉ, Paddy Bán Ó Broin, Dublin, dances a reel with music by Tommy Doherty.
- comhaltasLive #496_8:Liam Sheehy
- 22 July 2016
- Recorded on 4th June 2016 at a session at Limerick Fleadh Cheoi in Glin, young accordion player Liam Sheehy from Abbeyfeale, plays a reel “Morning mist” (by Joe Burke).
- comhaltasLive #496_7:Tim Doyle
- 21 July 2016
- Uileann Piper Tim Doyle from Shankill, Co. Dublin, plays a slow air “The bright lady ”. Tim was a member of the 2015 Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland - Macalla na hÉireann. Recorded in Brú Ború, Cashel, Co. Tipperary on 23rd October 2015, Tim is also an accomplished player on tin whistle, fiddle and concertina.
- comhaltasLive #496_5:Fíona Nic Conmara
- 19 July 2016
- Fiddle player Fíona Nic Conmara from Seanchill, Dublin, plays two hornpipes “Garrykennedy Castle” (P. O’ Brien) and “The Western”. Fiona is a multi-instrumentalist in traditional and classical music and was a member of the 2015 Comhaltas Concert Tour of Ireland - Macalla na hÉireann. Recorded in Brú Ború, Cashel, Co. Tipperary on 23rd October 2015.
- comhaltasLive #496_4:The Living Bridge Céilí Band from Castletroy, Limerick
- 18 July 2016
- The Living Bridge Céilí Band from Castletroy, Limerick, play “Pearl O’ Shaughnessy’s Barndance” in Senior Céilí Bands competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, 2015 in Sligo. Band members are - Christine Mulcahy, Lucia Mac Partlin and Clare Quinn, fiddles; Seamus Harnett and Róisín Comer, flutes; Séan Kearney, button accordion; Danny Collins, piano accordion; Marty Barry, banjo; Deirdre Millane, piano and Niall Carey, drums.
- comhaltasLive #496_3:A session at the Willie Clancy Festival 2016 in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
- 17 July 2016
- n a session at the Willie Clancy Festival 2016 in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, a group of approx. a dozen musicians led by accordion player Jackie Daly play a selection of reels “The plough and the stars” and “George White’s”.
- comhaltasLive #496_2: Jana McCarthy Kent and Clodagh Ní Cheallaigh
- 16 July 2016
- From CCÉ, Cr. na gComarach, Co. Waterford, Jana McCarthy Kent and Clodagh Ní Cheallaigh play a Paddy O’ Brien hornpipe in 15-18 Duets competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, 2015 in Sligo.
- comhaltasLive #496_1:A session in the Percy French Hotel at the Connacht Fleadh Cheoil July 2016
- 15 July 2016
- A session in the Percy French Hotel at the Connacht Fleadh Cheoil July 2016 in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Musicians include John Carty on fiddle, Patsy Hanly and John Carlos on flutes, and Pat Broderick and Cian Sweeney on pipes. They play jigs “The Scotsman over the border” and “Tell her I am”.