It’s that time of year again: eight young traditional music and singing groups are preparing for the All-Ireland Final of Siansa Gael Linn 2014 taking place in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, 6 April.
Supported by Foras na Gaeilge, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and Irish Music Magazine, Siansa Gael Linn provides a platform annually for young traditional groups who might have dreams of following in the footsteps of groups like Téada, JPTrio, Danú.
With an initial entry of over 50 groups, the ones who have made it through the selection process to the final are:
- ‘Iontas’, Coola Post-Primary School, Riverstown, Co. Sligo
- ‘Cóiriú’, St. Mary’s, Grammar School, Magherafelt, Co. Derry
- ‘Na hÓgánaigh’, Coláistí Eoin & Íosagáin, Booterstown, Co. Dublin
- ‘Na Rógairí’, Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan, Co. Dublin
- ‘Glór Mhaigh Eo’, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
- ‘Ceoltóirí Chnoc na Gaoithe’, Tulla, Co. Clare (pictured)
- ‘Lasair’, Mallow, Co. Cork
- ‘Trioscar’, Co. Waterford.
Each group will perform their own ten to twelve minute selection of traditional music and song on the night to what are always extremely high standards.
Adjudicating this year’s final are Mary Bergin, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Niamh Ní Charra. The winning group will receive €2500 and have their winning performance released on CD together with the groups who take home second ( €1,250 ) and third (€750) prizes respectively.
Competition organizer, Niamh de Búrca comments: “While there is a nice prize fund of €4,500 on offer, we in Gael Linn are constantly assured and inspired by the fact that it is not this alone that entices young people to take part in Siansa year after year … [but] the chance to improve as musicians and singers and to develop self-confidence and performance skills, as well as the comraderie fostered among the participants who meet along the way at the various stages of the competition. And of course, for some, the opportunity of performing to an audience of over a thousand people in the prestigious surroundings of the National Concert Hall is what drives them.’
The concert will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and compere for the evening will be Áine Hensey. A special programme featuring highlights from the event will also be shown on TG4 on Wednesday, 23 April at 9.30p.m.
Tickets: 01-417 0000 or nch.ie