Date: 18–21 Jun 2020
Cost: €389; €359 early bird
Details: Thurs 5pm
Location: The Song House, Falcarragh, Co Donegal
Run by: Candy Verney
Contact details: 00353858893154
We are very excited to launch a new traditional singing weekend in collaboration with tSean Bheairic Cultural Centre in Falcarragh, in the Gaeltacht area of NW Donegal.
• A unique opportunity to participate in an ancient living tradition of song from NW Ireland.
• Learn the authentic ‘sean-nós’ style of singing from 3 tradition bearers
• Take a boat trip to a small uninhabited island where the some of the songs originated
• Learn harmony songs in Irish and in English, with Candy Verney
• Stay at the beautiful Song House, in the Gaeltacht of NW Donegal
• Participate in the traditional Seán-nós Cultural festival held at tSean Bheairic each year.
What is seán-nós?
Sean-Nós singing can be traced back to the ancient and medieval Gaelic bardic tradition. Many sean-nós songs today boast a great age and a long lineage, but the tradition carries on, and new songs are being composed by contemporary singers.
Noeleen ni Cholla’s ancestors came from islands off Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore), off the coast of NW Donegal. She grew up learning songs from her mother and grandmother, and will be taking us on an epic boat trip to one of the islands, where some of her songs originated.
Be prepared to feel the magic, listen to songs of tragedy, heartbreak & fairies. This is a unique opportunity to participate in an ancient living tradition of song from this part of Ireland.
Diane ní Ceannain and Conor Gallagher, both winners of several highly prized competitions in ‘seán-nós’ will lead us in an evening of traditional songs at the Song House https://www.dianecannonmusic.com
An tSeanbheairic Festival
This is a very special small music festival that attracts young and old from this area, and the islands around, in particular Tory Island. It includes a seán-nós singing competition, various workshops and an evening ceilidh. Young people from Tory Island still carry on their forebears’ singing tradition. If you are interested in traditional music, singing in particular, this promises to be a unique and fascinating weekend.
Candy Verney, from the Song House, will lead a harmony singing workshop, singing some of the old songs. She has made sensitive choral arrangements of some of the songs, so that choirs can sing and appreciate their beauty.
The Song House
This house has a rich history as a cultural venue. Formerly the Poets’ House, welcoming poets from all over Ireland and USA, it was converted in to a house of song 5 years ago by Candy Verney, who over 25 years has enabled thousands to find their voice through community choirs. It now is a simple and comfortable and aesthetic residential centre, with a beautiful organic garden: a place to reconnect with the essentials of life.