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Celebrating Seamus Ennis
Miles and Miles Of Music.
Séamus Ennis was one of the most important figures in Irish traditional music in the 20th century through his skills in uilleann piping, singing, broadcasting and much more.
One very valuable aspect of Séamus’s life was his work collecting traditional music and song in all parts of Ireland. He gathered over two hundred songs, lilts, tunes and stories in the 1940s for the Folklore Commission of Ireland from one single person, Colm Ó Caodháin of Glinnsce in Conamara.
We begin with a showing of a documentary Miles and Miles of Music (1975) by Eamon de Buitleir, introduced by his son Cian
de Buitlear. It follows Seamus around his homeland of Jamestown, County Dublin and further afield, while also showcasing his songs, stories and mastery of the Uileann Pipes.
Runtime: 26 minutes.
Afterwards we continue with
Mise an Fear Ceoil
by Peter Browne with Ríonach Úi Ógáin and Róisín Elsafy
Our presentation, Mise an Fear Ceoil shines an interesting and entertaining light on this one part of Séamus’s work. We hear Ríonach Úi Ógáín tell us about the daily life of the folklore collector at that time – the 1940s – and Seamus’s visits to Colm Ó Caodháin to gather songs and music. She has given descriptions of this in her two books on the subject Mise an Fear Ceoil and Going to the Well for Water and they give a fascinating background insight into Ó Caodháin’s repertoire and the interaction between the two men.
Also in this presentation, Róisín Elsafty, a celebrated sean-nós singer who is herself from the Conamara Gaeltacht, will perform songs which come to us from the Ó Caodháin collection. Uilleann piper Peter Browne, who learned music directly from Séamus Ennis, will play tunes from both Ó Caodháin and Ennis. This is the centenary year of Ennis’s birth in May 1919. Mise an Fear Ceoil is a uniquely entertaining and informative hour of speech, song and music.
Sponsored by Kylemore Abbey Global Centre