Lynette Fay and Pádraigín had a great conversation on BBC Blas Ceoil about Pádraigín being awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award at Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018. Lynette also speaks with one of the judging panel, harpist, composer and sound designer Úna Monaghan.
You can listen at the link below:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09fz2h3 (starts 13:50)
Pádraigín has been awarded Gradam Comaoin (Outstanding Contribution) for Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018. The awards concert will take place at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Sunday 4 February and will also be broadcast on TG4.
Other awards recipients include Frankie Gavin (Gradam Ceoil), Clare Friel (Ceoltóir Óg), Patsy Hanly (Gradam Saoil), Máire Ní Chéilleachair (Amhránaí na Bliana), Maura O’Keeffe – (Comharcheol) and The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (Gradam Speisialta).
This multi-talented woman is a singer, researcher, poet and composer. She is an authority on the music and song traditions of the Oriel area of Ireland. Her many and wide ranging contributions include 9 recordings of traditional song, children’s song, lullabies and her own acclaimed compositions.
Gradam Ceoil TG4 2018
Speaking to Siobhán Long, Pádraigín said: “It’s always nice to get recognition. We’re all very human. An award like this coming at a certain point of your career is very nice because it means that your work is recognised as public work, not personal. And I’m very conscious of doing work for public benefit.”
A new double CD of Oriel songs has been launched on 7 October 2017. Ceoltaí Oirialla – Songs of Oriel has 27 Oriel songs which Pádraigín has renewed – including 14 accompanied and 14 unaccompanied songs. Continue reading “New double CD: ‘Ceoltaí Oirialla -Songs of Oriel’”
A new website of traditional arts in Oriel has been launched to wide critical acclaim. ORIEL ARTS, which was edited and researched by Pádraigín and funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council of Ireland, was launched in the Granvue Hotel in Omeath County Louth on 7 October by Director Emeritus ITMA Nicholas Carolan and Fergus O’Dowd TD. Continue reading “Oriel Arts website”
Celebrated Belfast poet and novelist Ciaran Carson, with emerging poets Stephen Connolly and Sophie Collins, are in Leuven and Brussels this month as part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Brussels Platform. Continue reading “A Heaney Tribute in Brussels”
Pádraigín is to perform at On Home Ground, a festival that celebrates Seamus Heaney over four days in Magherafelt. Performing with Pádraigín will be Zoe Conway, John McIntyre, two of Ireland’s most gifted and versatile musicians, and Poets Leontia Flynn and Medbh McGuckian. Continue reading “Heaney and Songs of the Scribe: On Home Ground Festival”
Pádraigín, Dónal and Macdara will tomorrow perform a special concert as part of the Derry City of Culture celebrations. The event, based around Pádraigín’s ‘Songs of the Scribe‘ will take place in St. Augustine’s Church in the city. Continue reading “‘Songs of the Scribe’ City of Culture concert”
Pádraigín performed recently on TG4’s flagship traditional music programme, ‘Geantraí’ alongside Macdara Ó hUallacháin Graham (viola d’amore) and Dónal O’Connor (fiddle). She performed her own composition, ‘An tAmhrán Geal’, which is a re-working of and old Oriel prayer, ‘An Paidir Geal’. For a limited time, you can watch the episode on the TG4 Player, keep an eye out on Pádraigín’s video page over the coming days!
Pádraigín sang ‘Mullach an tSí’ with internationally lauded guitar legend Steve Vai in Dublin’s Vicar Street on 4 December. Vai recently recorded a cover of ‘Mullach a tSí’, inspired by Pádraigín’s composition and recording. You can watch the beautiful surprise performance below. The song cover appears on Vai’s acclaimed new album, ‘The Story of Light‘, the original song from Pádraigín’s ‘A Stór is a Stóirín‘.