Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music

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'Songs of the People' Seamie O'Dowd, Ríoghnach Connolly, Siobhán Ó Donnell & Niall Hanna

'Songs of the People' Seamie O'Dowd, Ríoghnach Connolly, Siobhán Ó Donnell & Niall Hanna

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Please note! This event has been moved to the American Bar

Four of Ireland's finest singers take to the stage for what will surely be a spellbinding evening of song.

Seamie O Dowd is a guitarist,singer, and songwriter who also plays fiddle,harmonica,mandolin,and a number of other instruments. 
He has travelled worldwide playing music and has shared stages and played with many great musicians and bands including; Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Jimmy Higgins, Tommy Emmanuel & Dervish.

Armagh born singer and flautist strongly rooted in her trad Sean-nós background, Ríoghnach Connolly also stirs elements of Appalachia, Blues and Jazz into the folk archive cooking pot. She says of her own music that it “began as I started piecing together the songs of my grandparents and those that I had grown up learning in the Armagh Piper’s Club. After collaborating with musicians in many different genres, on eclectic circuits, finding so many different types of folk songs out there, I want to bring all my loves under the one roof…just see what happens…”

Siobhan O’Donnell was born in Co. Sligo in the West of Ireland, an area steeped in traditional Irish music and song. She grew up at the foothills of the Ox Mountains alongside the border of Co. Mayo. From an early age she was exposed to the finest music and song, coming from a family steeped in tradition with her Father Colm being widely recognised as being one of Ireland’s greatest exponents of traditional singing. Siobhan played music from the age of nine, learning tunes on the whistle and fiddle. She was greatly influenced by the South Sligo style of traditional music and song and has had lots of success, winning All- Ireland titles in Singing, Lilting and was crowned Senior All-Ireland Bodhran Champion in 2005.

Niall Hanna is a singer and guitarist hailing from Derrytresk, Co. Tyrone. He has toured Ireland, Europe and the USA with a range of artists such as The Rapparree’s, Four Men and a Dog and more recently he has toured Australia with Irish music legends John McSherry and Dónal O’Connor. He has also recently celebrated the release of his solo album Autumn winds which has been receiving rave reviews from listeners and critics alike.

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Seamie O Dowd is a guitarist,singer, and songwriter who also plays fiddle,harmonica,mandolin,and a number of other instruments. 
He has travelled worldwide playing music and has shared stages and played with many great musicians and bands including; Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Jimmy Higgins, Tommy Emmanuel, Dervish, Steve Wickham, Matt Molloy, Liam O'Flynn, Thom Moore, Dick Gaughan, Cathy Jordan, Rick Epping, Kieran Quinn, John Joe Kelly, Aminah Hughes and many others.

Armagh born singer and flautist strongly rooted in her trad Sean-nós background, Ríoghnach Connolly also stirs elements of Appalachia, Blues and Jazz into the folk archive cooking pot.

“A voice that echoes back through the ages of jazz and soul, resonant and resplendent in glorious, exploding power and control.” – Manchestermusic.co.uk

She says of her own music that it “began as I started piecing together the songs of my grandparents and those that I had grown up learning in the Armagh Piper’s Club. After collaborating with musicians in many different genres, on eclectic circuits, finding so many different types of folk songs out there, I want to bring all my loves under the one roof…just see what happens…”

“A voice so soulful that it seems older than her physical age by about three

Siobhan O’Donnell was born in Co. Sligo in the West of Ireland, an area steeped in traditional Irish music and song. She grew up at the foothills of the Ox Mountains alongside the border of Co. Mayo.

From an early age she was exposed to the finest music and song, coming from a family steeped in tradition with her Father Colm being widely recognised as being one of Ireland’s greatest exponents of traditional singing.

Siobhan played music from the age of nine, learning tunes on the whistle and fiddle. She was greatly influenced by the South Sligo style of traditional music and song and has had lots of success, winning All- Ireland titles in Singing, Lilting and was crowned Senior All-Ireland Bodhran Champion in 2005.

Siobhan joined the group The Border Collies, with her Father Colm and had great success in performing at music festivals across Ireland and Europe. As well as being a seasoned performer, Siobhan has taught workshops at music schools and festivals across the world, such as South Sligo Summer School (Tubbercurry), Joe Mooney Summer School (Drumshanbo), Craiceann (Bodhran School, Aran Islands), Ceol Aneas (NZ), National Folk Festival (Australia) to name but a few.

In 2010, Siobhan emigrated to Australia when she was commissioned by the Irish National Association in Sydney to promote Irish music, song and culture in the region. She set up a music school for adults and children and performed at folk festivals across the country with her band, The Shamrock Sheilas.  In 2013, Siobhan moved to London to pursue her teaching career and continued to perform in duo acts on the London folk scene.

Siobhan remarks on how she has now ‘happily’, returned home to Ireland and lives in Dublin. When not on tour she can be found performing at gigs across the capital.

On his debut record, Niall Hanna brings new life to traditional songs in a uniquely northern style. Having won the Young Musician’s Platform Award from Arts Council NI, he has used this springboard to deliver a strong album of traditional songs from Ulster, incorporating two of his own newly composed songs, including the title track ‘Autumn Winds’.

The album breathes new life in to some of the most famous old ballads of Ulster. ‘Lough Erne Shore’ learned from the singing of Eithne Ní Uallacháin is a perfect representation of the tone of the record, marrying a lush modern arrangement with the beautiful old melody. Other classics such as ‘The Stately Woods Of Truagh’ and ‘Banks Of The Bann’ also feature, demonstrating Niall’s ability to interpret the big Ulster Songs in a way that will appeal to the listeners of today. Sensitively produced by Dónal O’Connor, the album incorporates contemporary musical arrangements and instrumentation, however the focus of this body of work is firmly on the voice, and this fine collection of traditional songs is delivered with conviction in Niall’s own unique style. A grandson of the legendary traditional singer Geordie Hanna, the ‘Lough-shore’ style of singing is strongly represented here. Juxtaposing the old with the new, Niall’s own song ‘Sweet Lough Neagh’ demonstrates his skill in composition, praising the tranquillity of his native Derrytresk, and the surrounding area in County Tyrone.

Rachel McGarrity adds fiddle and vocals to several tracks on the album, alongside the concertina and whistle playing of Niall’s brother Ciaran Hanna. Dermot Moynagh of Réalta provides Percussion/Bodhrán and Dónal O’Connor adds keyboards/piano culminating in a consistent, thought out sound that flows from the first track to the last.

In recent years Niall has toured Europe and Australia and has collaborated with many of Ireland’s finest musicians and singers such as John McSherry, The Rapparees, Martin Meehan, Buille and Cathal Hayden.

In truth ‘Autumn Winds ‘gives us a genuine insight in to Niall Hanna’s own musical passion for traditional songs whilst also demonstrating his ability to carry his great musical legacy lightly and add his own treasures to the great Irish song tradition.