Abair an Amhrán

Sing a Song – in any language – with special guests, Na Ceannabháin – Peadar, Saileog, Muireann and Eoghan – sean nós singers and instrumentalists.

Wednesday, March 20. 8pm. Liberty Hall, Dublin.

Peadar Ó Ceannabháin is widely recognised as one of the country’s leading sean-nós singers. He was born in Carna in West Connemara, home to a number of traditional singers including Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Seán Mac Dhonncha, and the great Joe Heaney.

His seminal album of songs from Conamara, Mo Chuid Den tSaol, was released in 1997 remains a classic to this day.

Along with Micheál Ó Conghaile and Lochlainn Ó Tuairisg, he edited a collection of 400 sean-nós songs – Leabhar Mór na nAmhrán – published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht. The book contains the complete text of each song with notes on their origins

Peadar’s wife, Úna Lawlor, is a classical violinist, and his children – Saileog, Muireann and Eoghan – are highly accomplished singers and musicians.

Saileog graduated in music from UCC, where she won the Seán Ó Riada Prize for her study of the songs and singers of Iorras Aithneach in West Galway. In 2012 she released an album of songs from the area collected by Séamus Ennis between 1942 and 1945. A second album, Roithleán, followed in 2016. A renaissance woman, Saileog also plays the fiddle, viola and piano.

Singer and fiddle-player, Muireann, is probably best known for her work as a member of the band, Mongoose – along with Molly O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne and Cara Dunne – which has lit the major musical festivals – Electric Picnic, Other Voices, Body & Soul and Longitude – since its formation in 2012.

Like his siblings, Eoghan is a sean-nós singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has been playing music from an early age. His influences include Colm Ó Caoidheáin, Sorcha Ní Ghuairim, Johnny & Kevin Henry, Mick O’Brien, and many others. He is a founding member of the band Skipper’s Alley, with whom he has toured in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is also part of the Aon Teanga:Un Chengey project, which explores the musical and linguistic ties between the Gaelic languages of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

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