Pádraigín will appear in two broadcasts on BBC Radio and Raidió na Gaeltachta. The first, a concert celebrating The Great Book of Gaelic will air on Monday 26 December on BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio Foyle. The ‘Singing the Great Book of Gaelic’ concert features Pádraigín, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Louis de Paor, Maighread Stewart, Steve Cooney Allan McDonald and Odhrán Ó Casaide.
Pádraigín will discuss her residency at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry on Raidió na Gaeltachta’s ‘Reacaireacht Sheosaimh’ program me, in discussion with Seosamh Ó Cuaig on 29 November.
Since taking up residency at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Pádraigín has been collaborating with Iomairt Cholmcille and Ultach Trust in Belfast in its series of events based around the exhibition of An Leabhar Mór (The Great Book of Gaelic) which is currently being exhibited in the Ulster Museum Belfast (October-November 2005). Further information on these events can be obtained from leabharmor.net.
Pádraigín will release ‘Áilleacht / Beauty‘ on October 21st 2005! This beautiful new album features 11 tracks of contemporary songs and music in Irish by Pádraigin Ní Uallacháin, produced by Steve Cooney and Palle Mikkelborg. Other guest musicians include Iarla Ó Lionáird, Laoise Kelly, Helen Davies, Ódhrán Ó Casaide, Brian Dunning and Mikkel Nordso. Áilleacht is a landmark recordings, the first contemporary album of songs in Irish by an Irish woman.
TG4 will broadcast an hour-long documentary on ‘A Hidden Ulster‘ entitled Oirialla – Atlantis na hÉireann (Oriel – Ireland’s Atlantis) on 18 March. The documentary features various poets and singers including Pádraigín, Paul Muldoon, Jarlath Burns, Armagh Rhymers, Vallelys of Armagh, Pól Ó Muirí and featuring Steve Cooney, Laoise Kelly, Ódhrán Ó Casaide, Macdara Ó hUallacháin-Graham, Gráinne Baxter and more. It will be subtitled and is directed by Moira Sweeney.
Inside Out, the flagship BBC TV (NI) magazine programme will feature ‘A Hidden Ulster’ on 13 February at 7.30 pm.
RTÉ Radio 1 will begin broadcasting a new series, ‘Songs From a Hidden Ulster‘, based onPádraigín Ní Uallacháin’s book, on Saturday 11 February at 7pm. The series will consist of eight programmes and runs until April.
Make sure to tune in!
Gael Linn have again re-issued ‘A Stór Is A Stóirín’! The double CD album features 36 songs from the Irish tradition, including an expansive booklet containing music notation, lyrics, translations and notes. For more information or to buy the album, check our the music page.
Pádraigín has become the first traditional musician to receive a Major Arts Award from the Arts Council in Northern Ireland to record in sean–nós all 54 traditional songs published by her in ‘A Hidden Ulster: People, Songs and Traditions of Oriel’.