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Sean-nós singing and lilting workshop

18th of Feb, 12 pm

@Rua Red, Tallaght (Music Room 1)

Music workshop

For families with children of all ages


English and Irish

Please note:

This is a beginner-friendly session. Booking is required. When you reserve a child ticket the accompanying adult goes free. Children must be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times.

Create your own musical adventure! Participants will choose from a number of songs (sea-faring songs, love songs, songs about fairies) provided by Eoghan to learn the melody and the meaning of the lyrics. After, we will do a bit of lilting, a kind of mouth music traditionally used to carry a tune for dancing when no musical instruments were available. Depending on where the music takes us, participants have the option to learn traditional Sean-nós singing techniques. To end our musical exploration, we will sing songs and lilt a tune together.

Cruthaigh eachtra cheoil dhuit féin! Roghnóidh na rannpháirtithe ó roinnt amhráin (amhráin na farraige, amhráin ghrá, amhráin na síoga) a sholáthróidh Eoghan chun an tséis agus brí na liricí a fhoghlaim. Ina dhiaidh sin, déanfaimid beagán ‘lilting’ – cineál béal faiseanta a úsáidtear go traidisiúnta chun port a chruthú le haghaidh damhsa nuair nach raibh uirlisí ceoil ar fáil. Ag brath ar an áit a dtógann an ceol sinn, tá rogha ag na rannpháirtithe teicnící traidisiúnta amhránaíochta ar an Sean-nós a fhoghlaim. Chun deireadh a chur lenár dtaiscéalaíocht cheoil, canfaimid amhráin agus seinnfidh muid ceol le chéile.

Meet the artist

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin

Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin is a Dublin-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His musical roots are in Sean-nós singing and Irish traditional music. He has played with a number of different bands over the years including Dublin-based Skipper’s Alley, folk/electronica band Jiggy, and Aon Teanga:Un Chengey, an Irish-Scottish-Manx group that explores the musical and linguistic ties between the Gaelic languages. He also collaborates with County Clare fiddle and viola player Ultan O’Brien. Their début album Solas an Lae won best album at the RTÉ folk awards in 2021. Eoghan released his début solo album, The Deepest Breath, in November 2022. His songs—written in both English and Irish—build on his Sean-nós singing foundations but combine hard-hitting lyrics with other musical influences to create a rich, contemporary sound.

This event is funded by

Mother Tongues Festival

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