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Launching Nan Rice's Fleadh are from left: Emma Kearney (BabyEmzo); Rós McArdle, Proprietor Nan Rices and Ant Cranney. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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Nan Rices in Newry is hosting a four day extravaganza of traditional Irish music from 23 to 26 October.

The well known Newry Bar has been synonymous with traditional music sessions for many years and the first ever Nan Rices Fleadh aims to build on that.

Making an appearance at the festival will be the All Ireland winning Tain Céilí Band while Colum Sands will kick off Nan's Folk Club and multi instrumentalist Paddy Callaghan will be bringing the walls of Nan’s courtyard to life spinning trad tunes mixed with Pop, RnB and HipHop at Newry's very first Trisco.

Pictured at the launch were from left: Ursula Byrne, organiser; Donal O'Hanlon, MC; Emma Kearney (BabyEmzo) and Colum Sands.
Pictured at the launch were from left: Ursula Byrne, organiser; Donal O'Hanlon, MC; Emma Kearney (BabyEmzo) and Colum Sands. Photograph: Ant Cranney.

Musicians Kay Webster, Dan Gurney, Orla Brannigan, George McAdam, Fionnuala Donlan, Colm McGonigle and Saran Mulligan will be joining well known local musicians to keep the sessions flowing.

Rós McArdle, Proprietor, Nan Rices at the launch of the event last night said "We are really looking forward to the Fleadh. It's going to be brilliant and hopefully the start of something for Newry to get going. That's all we are doing it for, to try and get the culture into Newry and get the town buzzing."

Giving a bit of the history of the pub McArdle explained "My father and mother bought the pub back in 86/87. We're here over 30 years and they were in Snaubs before that. They bought it of T.R. Gorman and he bought it off Stephen McCrink who was Nan's nephew. They had a bar here and Nan loved her darts. They had a funeral home upstairs as far as I know. - We're not going to get into the funeral business just yet, I think we'll stick to the pub."

Donal O'Hanlon and Colum Sands at the launch. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Donal O'Hanlon and Colum Sands at the launch. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

 

McArdle thanked Musician Ursula Byrne for organising the event and Ant Cranney for his promotion work. On board as an ambassador the Fleadh also have Emma Kearney, better known as BabyEmzo, a star on TikTok where she has nearly 700 thousand followers and has clocked up 16 million likes.

The Tuesday of the Fleadh sees Colum Sands give the inaugural performance at Nan Rices Folk Club which will run every fortnight from then.

Also speaking at the launch was Donal O'Hanlon who spoke of sessions past "Tommy Sands tells of the great times in the Hermitage Bar where he had wonderful sessions and after that it really died a death in Newry. Then we had some in the Railway Bar and Nan Rices has added to that and is bringing the whole music level in the town up again. We used to have to go to Dundalk, to Forkhill, anywhere else to get a session. Now you can get a session here on a Monday night."

Fleadh Timetable

Saturday 23 October
2pm: Junior Session - Live in the Courtyard. Open to young musicians of all levels and abilities from Newry and the surrounding areas. 
2pm: Traditional music session - Live in the Bar with George McAdam, Colm McGonigle and Dan Gurney.
6pm: Traditional music session - Live in the Bar with Saran Mulligan, Fionnuala Donlan, Kay Webster and Ursula Byrne.
9pm: Fleadh Trisco - In the Courtyard with DJ Paddy Callaghan. £7 admission, Tickets on sale on Eventbrite or pay at door.

Sunday 24 October
1pm: The slow session - All musicians welcome - Offering a space for musicians young and old who prefer to play tunes at a slower pace.
2pm: Traditional music session - Live in the Bar with George McAdam, Colm McGonigle and Dan Gurney.
2pm: Multi All Ireland winning Táin Céilí Band in session.
6pm: Traditional music session - Live in the Courtyard with Paddy Callaghan, Orla Brannigan, Ruairi Cunnane, Martha Guiney and Justin Toner.

Monday 25 October
6pm: Junior Halloween session - Live in Courtyard hosted by Newry School of Traditional Music.
8pm: Traditional music session - Live in Bar with Emmet Quinn, Aisling Fegan, Finbar Magee and Breige Quinn.

Tuesday 26 October
8pm: Colum Sands will give an intimate and personal performance to launch the Nan Rices Folk Club. Admission £10. Tickets available on Eventbrite or pay at door


The Artists

George McAdam is a banjo player from Tullycorbet in Co.Monaghan.  He holds numerous All Ireland Titles and is much sought after as a performer and tutors at many festivals and summer schools throughout Ireland and overseas. 

George also plays drums with the Blackwater Céilí Band who won the coveted Senior Céili band title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda in 2018. 

He has featured on numerous traditional music programmes for RTE, TG4 and Radio Na Gaeltachta and most recently featured as a guest artist on the debut recording by Carlos, Sweeney and McCartin which has received great acclaim.

Colm McGonigle is originally from Belfast and was first taught to play music by his father.  Colm plays the concertina and harp and is in much demand as a performer, tutor and recording artist throughout Ireland, the UK, North America and the Far East.

Colm has recently moved to Dublin having completed his doctoral studies in England where he plays regularly with fellow Ulsterman George. 

Dan Gurney was born in New York and first picked up an accordion by chance in a toy store.  He learned Irish music from Galway born concertina player Father Charlie Coen.  Over the years he has been heavily influenced by Billy Commiskey, Jimmy Noonan, John Whelan, Joe Deranne and John Nolan, among many others. After graduating from Howard University in 2009, he lived in Galway for a year playing  with Delores Keane, Johnny Ringo McDonagh, Mick Coneely, Ronan Flaherty and Brian McGrath.

His debut album, Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion featuring Brian McGrath on piano, was named in the Irish Echo’s Top 10 Albums of 2011.  Dan is also a member of the highly acclaimed band ‘The Yanks’  with other members include Dylan Foley, Isaac Alderson and Sean Earnest. 

 Fionnuala Donlon comes from a musical family in Dundalk. She started playing the harp at nine years of age and has won numerous All Ireland medaIs including the Senior Harp Title at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in 2019.  In May of this year, she recently won the Séan ó Riada Gold Medal Traditional music competition which was broadcast live on Radio na Gaeltachta and presented by broadcaster and composer Peadar Ó Riada. 

Saran Mulligan  is a concertina player from Dundalk. 

Saran plays with many groups including Box the Monkey and The four corners Ceili band.  Saran has won several awards for his music and is in demand as a tutor both at home and abroad.

Kay Wester, a multi All Ireland champion flute player, honed her musical skills in her native Co. Tipperary. A member of the 3-in-a-row All Ireland winning Táin Ceili Band since its formation she has recorded widely for TV & radio  A performer and educationalist of traditional music at the Interceltic Festival in L’Orient for 10 years, Kay has performed for 2 American Presidents visiting in Ireland. She tutors / lectures on the Comhaltas TTCT programme since 1986, is a music examiner with ‘Scrudú Ceolta Tire’ and adjudicates at the highest level.  Manager of the NE Comhaltas Regional Centre at Dundalk Gaol, Kay produces the Oriel Centre Summer Shows. 

Paddy Callaghan is a multi-instrumentalist from Glasgow with family origins in Tyrone, Derry and Donegal. Graduating from his musical education with St.Roch’s Ceili Band and the Irish Minstrels Branch of Comhaltas under the legendary Frank McArdle, Paddy has gone on to take his unique musical style worldwide.  Paddy’s main instrument is the button accordion.  With his energetic style and effortless delivery of complex melodies Paddy has amassed a fanbase across the globe and is in extremely high demand as a touring musician.  He has performed many times at festivals including The Shetland Folk Festival, Celtic Connections,  Milwalkee Irish Fest and North Texas Irish Festival and has appeared on Television numerous times many on BBC One Songs of Praise, BBC AlBA, RTE  and TG4. 

Tain Ceili Band It was at a gathering of musical friends at a session in a pub in Dundalk towards the end of 1993 that the seeds for the Táin Céilí Band were sown. The music and mix of sound was such that thoughts soon turned to the possibility of a Céilí Band. A pianist and drummer were added and the Táin Céilí Band was born.

 The Founding members were Ursula Byrne, Geraldine Smith and Brendan Needham on fiddles; Peig McGrath and Kay Webster on Flutes; Seamus Bellew on button accordion; Micheál Ó Raghallaigh on concertina; Padraig Donlon on uilleann pipes; Fidelma Bellew on piano and Thomas Flood on drums.

In 1994 the band entered the Senior Céilí  Band competitions at Fleadhann, won the County and Provincial title and were runners up at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann  in Clonmel.

Within a few short months Peig McGrath died tragically in a road accident in Dundalk.

Following  Peigs untimely passing her friend Catherine McEvoy joined the band on flute.

For the next few years the band competed  and were never outside the top three at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

In 1998 Brendan Needham wasn’t available and fiddle player Brenda McCann from Fermanagh joined the band.

That year the band won their first Senior All Ireland Senior Band Title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ballina. They repeated their success the following two years in Enniscorthy to compete the coveted three- in a row of All Ireland Senior titles. Following their second All Ireland victory in 1999 the Táin recorded and released their much acclaimed CD live on RTE’s ‘Céilí House’

Over the years the band has performed many times on National Radio and Television including a performance on the roof of the Civic Offices in Dublin. They have also performed at festivals in Europe and the USA. 

One of their most memorable performances was when they played for US President Bill Clinton and an audience of 65,00 in their home town Dundalk on a December night in 2000.

The Táin are the only Céilí Band to have won All Ireland Senior Céilí Band titles in two different millennia.

Orla Brannigan is a multi insturmentalist from Drogheda holds a B.A. in Irish and Music from UCD and a Masters in Primary Education from Marino Institute and currently works as a Primary School teacher.

Having competed successfully at Fleadhanna Cheoil in flute, whistle, Céilí dancing and Comhrá Gaeilge, Orla is also a champion Irish dancer winning numerous prizes as Ulster, All-ireland and World Championship level.

Orla has represented Ireland at various International Festivals throughout Europe and in 2015 she was part of the Echoes of Ireland Comhaltas tour group that visited North America.

As a member and teacher of Drogheda CCE, Orla was also a driving force behind the team running Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda in 2018 & 2019

Martha Guiney is a traditional flute and whistle player from County Down. Martha has been immersed in the Irish Traditional Music scene from her childhood and has since then toured internationally and collaborated with many renowned artists in Scotland, Denmark, South Korea, Norway, Brazil, Italy, the US and beyond. 

Martha has performed as a soloist in a number of collaborative projects with The Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI), The Irish Chamber Orchestra (ICO) and The Ulster Orchestra. She is also a renowned teacher both internationally and all over Ireland. Martha graduated with a first class honours degree in Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology and later graduated with honours from her postgraduate studies in performance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick.

Most recently, Martha was awarded the prestigious BBC Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland Young Musicians' Platform Award.  Martha is currently working on her debut solo album which will be released in 2021.

Justin Toner is a fiddle player from South Armagh.  He is a Multi All Ireland Medalist and has toured extensively with dance and folk groups.  He is an experienced session player with a pulsating rhythm and technical virtuosity.

Ruaírí Cunanne is a super guitarist originally from Meigh but now living in Belfast. He starting playing the guitar at the age of 8 years old and was greatly influenced by his dad Mickey Cunanne.  Ruaíri has performed at many festivals throughout Europe and America with singer songwriter Breige Murphy and Barry Kerr.

Finbar Magee is a singer-songwriter and award-winning bard from Armagh.  His repertoire ranges from romantic to social comment and satirical humour.   His songs - such as My Belfast Love & The Hills of Sweet Lislea  have been covered by many artists and graced major stages worldwide, including Glastonbury.  

His satirical poetry awards include The Bard of Oriel, Sligo Slam Poetry Winner, Girvan Recitation Winner and the Strokestown Poetry Festival Recitation Competition.

Breige Quinn is one of Armagh’s finest traditional fiddlers. She provides beautiful accompaniment to Finbar’s songs and delivers her own style in jigs, reels and slow airs beautifully.

Emmet Quinn  local fiddle legend from Camlough.  Has been to every fleadh in the country.  He’s very passionate about the tradition and has a great knowledge of the history and origin of tunes. 

Aislinn Fegan young All Ireland Champion Banjo player from Burren.  Daughter of the late great Caroline Judge.  Aislinn has performed and toured with many different groups and is much sought after as a teacher and session musician.

Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of humour and poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. 

Colum has performed solo and as a member of ‘The Sands Family’ in over thirty countries, he has presented countless radio programmes over 22 years with BBC and produced around one hundred albums, working with young musicians and with veterans like Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. 

He has received a Living Tradition Award and was shortlisted for three nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards.

One critic described Colum as a performer  who “views the world with balanced, non tribalistic humanity, breaking down all kinds of barriers and leaving behind an optimism and appreciation of the power of the human spirit over adversity."

In 2020, the County Down songwriter’s story-poem about the award winning “Invisible Tree” of Rostrevor Oakwood was given voice by neighbours and environmental campaigners aged from 9 to 92 in the short film “Rhyme for Justice?”. 

In 2021, the film was featured in the Northern Visions Inheritance Festival along with works from France, Spain, Greece, Japan, India, Canada, USA and Hawaii…a reminder that artistic and community collaborations have the power to resonate around the planet.

Colum’s tenth solo album “Song Bridge”, almost released in Australia last year (but postponed due to COVID restrictions), will be released in a series of concerts in autumn 2021 and early 2022.

 

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