Our crisis is not just economic in nature but has also affected our sense of identity, and this music is critical to our overall recovery, according to the artist Robert Ballagh at the Mansion House launch of Triúr’s third album, Omós, last night. In order for us to arm ourselves and get out of this disaster, he argued, it is crucial that we develop a pride in our culture. He cited an argument that economic recovery must be fueled by national pride and a sense of national identity or it will fail.
And in this culture-led recovery, Ballagh suggested that our indigenous music has a special role, as it has been blessed with “a golden thread of continuity” in contrast to other art forms, which have had fractured histories and broken with traditional styles and themes. Traditional music has an intrinsic value to us as people, he proposed, and borrowed Beckett’s remark, “When you are in the ditch, there is nothing left but to sing,” in saying that this treasure of music in particular can galvanise us together and give us that sense of pride.
He finished by outlining how Triúr’s music in particular seemed appropriate in this context due to its combining respect for and connection with the past with looking forward, to the future.
[Aside: it was lovely to see Tony MacMahon stand to acknowledge his pleasure at hearing them play the march that Peadar wrote in his honour.]
The CD is available from Celtic Note on Nassau Street or from Peadar’s online shop here >>>