Join us next week for our fully online Letterkenny Trad Week.
While our annual festival of traditional, folk and world music may not be taking place in its usual form, we still wanted to mark 2021 and celebrate our rich heritage of traditional music and song.
We’ll be presenting a special online concert with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Friends on Sun 24 January while our friends at the Regional Cultural Centre will have a series of home videos from artists around Ireland which you will be able to watch on their website or on their Facebook page.
Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Friends
Altan star Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh will be joined by guests including Manus Lunny, the Harrigan family, Ciaran Ó Mhaonaigh as well as some members of Altan.
Mairéad has been commissioned by An Grianán to compose new music for the event. She will curate the evening with the help of friends and colleagues who will join her to showcase some of her original music pieces which she has composed over the years for her band Altan, for Coirm/ Ceol na Coille “Fáilte an Earraigh” (2018) and for her own solo album ‘Imeall’ (2009).
Also other new music will be heard like ‘An Grianstad/ The Halting Sun’ (2020) commissioned by The Rolling Wave RTÉ Radio 1 / ITMA, ‘Scread na Bealtaine’ (2020) commissioned by Earagail Arts Festival.
On the night she will debut her new suite ‘Ré an t-Solais’….’The Era of Light’, inspired by the hope of a new era after the intensity of the pandemic lockdown of 2020.
Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic restrictions, the night will be streamed online with part of the proceeds of the online tickets going towards Donegal Cancer Flights and Services and Donegal Hospice. This event is kindly supported by Donegal Airport.
Regional Cultural Centre online programme
From Monday 18 Jan until Sat 30 January, the RCC will present nightly video premieres some of the finest musicians, singers and dancers this country has to offer.
Please visit their website to find out more.
Letterkenny Trad Week is presented by the Regional Cultural Centre and An Grianán Theatre and is kindly supported by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.