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Folk Centre: sweet toot.
Folk and trad news by Greg McAteer.
Greg McAteer, 22 May 2007
Although Na Piobairi Uileann beaver away right throughout the year running small gigs that showcase the talents of Irish pipers, it’s for their annual Ace and Deuce Of Piping show that their name would be best known to the average concert-going music fan.
This year’s show takes place on Saturday May 26th at Liberty Hall, Dublin, with the proceedings kicking off at 8.00pm. The featured performers in this incarnation of the celebration of all things pipe related are Robbie Hannan, Ronan Browne and Peter O’Loughlin, David Power, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Dermot Byrne, Noel Hill and Rosie Stewart.
Having had such a positive response to its free Riches Of Clare concert series over the first two years of its existence, Clare Arts Office has decided to press on with the initiative for a third year. Targeting a lunchtime audience has meant the concerts have reached an audience that may never yet have ventured out into the nocturnal underworld of the session.
This year’s first concert is in the library in Ennistymon on Wednesday May 23rd and it features Tommy and Siobhan Peoples. The series then moves to the County Museum in Ennis where it runs weekly, every Wednesday lunchtime, from May 30 until July 11. On July 18 it picks up the stumps and travels to the library in Sixmilebridge and the following week the performance takes place in the Vandaleur Gardens, Kilrush. The final concert of this year’s series will be in the Community Centre in Ballyvaughan on August 1. The concerts each feature a different line-up, and if you’re unfamiliar with trad going in, you should certainly know your bones from your bodhran coming out the other side.
This year’s Edward Bunting Harp Festival moves out of the confines of the Cathedral City and kicks off with a concert by the Spanish Lady Ensemble on Thursday May 24 in the Bronte Centre, which is a few miles off the Newry to Belfast road. The bulk of the events are happening in Armagh City itself of course, with workshops and presentations taking place in St. Patrick’s Trian from Friday to Sunday. The main concert takes place on the Saturday evening in St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral and features Steve Cooney, Laoise Kelly and Flook with Sarah Allen stepping back into her usual role after having taken a couple of months away from gigging to take care of new arrival Maisie.