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Geantrai an Earraigh celebrates traditional music in MIC

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Geantrai an Earraigh takes place Wednesday, March 9 at the Lime Tree Theatre.

Geantrai an Earraigh celebrates traditional music in MIC

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A host of present and past students, along with members of staff will entertain audience members on a memorable evening of music, song and dance.

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has a strong tradition in the native arts since 1898, boasting an impressive roll-call of traditional musicians & singers as Alumni.

On Wednesday, March 9, it is their pleasure to present, for the first time, a celebration of this tradition on the Lime Tree Theatre stage.

A host of present and past students, along with members of staff, led by Musical Director for the evening, Dr Geraldine Cotter, will entertain audience members on a memorable evening of music, song and dance.

Performers on the night will include current students and members of the MIC Traditional Music Society and members of the MIC Céilí House band in March 2020, which included the late Ashling Murphy, an incredibly talented fiddle player; Colm Broderick, winner of Bonn Óir Sheáin Uí Riada in May 2021 (Colm has also been given the honour by Na Piobairí Uilleann of taking possession of a set of uilleann pipes which belonged to the late Liam O’Flynn, who has been widely acknowledged as Ireland’s foremost exponent of the uilleann pipes), Danielle Ní Chéilleachair & Maebh Ní Dhuinnín from Múscraí, two multi-award-winning Sean-nós singers and Desi Wilkinson, a renowned concert flute player and MIC Irish Traditional Musician Artist-in-Residence 2018-2021.

Our students will be joined stage by Dr Máire Ní Chaoimh, a fiddle player from Co. Kerry and lecturer in Music Education in MIC and Dr Fiodhna Gardiner-Hyland, a low whistle player from Co. Tipperary and daughter of the famed musician Bobby Gardiner, who teaches on the B.Ed programme in MIC.

Dr Geraldine Cotter, the Musical Director of the evening, is a tin whistle and piano player, composer, arranger, teacher and researcher, who currently lectures in Music Education at MIC. Her many achievements include being the recipient, in 2017, of the prestigious MÓRglór Award for outstanding contribution to traditional music in her native County Clare and in 2020 her musical journey, along with that of her brother Eamonn, was celebrated in the TG4 documentary, Sé Mo Laoch

The host for this memorable night is Siobhán Ní Mhurchú, from Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, singer & member of MIC Traditional Music band ‘Lóchrann’, and a lecturer in Múineadh na Gaeilge in MIC. Tickets €10; €5 for students.

For more information on Geantrai an Earraigh, go HERE

For more stories on the Lime Tree Theatre, go HERE 

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