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My Cultural Life: Folk musician Eadaoin


Eadaoin Ní Mhaicín. Photo by Colin Gillen

Eadaoin Ní Mhaicín. Photo by Colin Gillen

Eadaoin Ní Mhaicín. Photo by Colin Gillen

Born in Balla, Co Mayo, the single-monikered Eadaoin is a multi-instrumentalist who performs with the National Folk Orchestra. On August 3 she plays at St Paul’s Church, Mullingar, as part of Fleadh Cheoil – running July 30 until August 7.

BOOK: In the Company of Women

I’m reading In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs.

I recently left my full-time teaching job to dive into being a full-time professional musician. It’s very exciting but, being perfectly honest, a scary time as well because it’s hard to know if you’ll succeed or not. This book is the perfect guidebook to being a fearless leader in both your personal and professional lives.

FILM: Miss Americana

There is something incredibly satisfying about seeing how some of my favourite music is created. I adore watching documentaries about women in music and listening to their stories being told.

One documentary that struck a chord with me was Miss Americana, a documentary about Taylor Swift, who embraces her role as a songwriter and performer – and as a woman harnessing the full power of her voice. In my opinion it is raw, genuine and shows viewers who Taylor Swift truly is, and what she stands for.

Not only is this documentary entertaining, it has life lessons and great messages included in it.

MUSIC: The East Pointers

I’m a traditional folk musician and unsurprisingly listen to folk music most of the time. One of my favourite folk artists at the moment is The East Pointers who brought out a single recently called ‘I Saw a Ghost’.

It’s incredibly moving and beautifully written. I’m also a big fan of The Good Glow Podcast with Georgie Crawford. Every week when I listen I feel a better sense of determination and gratitude.

FESTIVAL: Fleadh Cheoil

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I am absolutely delighted that the Fleadh Cheoil is back in action this year and cannot wait to go to the numerous gigs they have scheduled throughout the week.

I’ve been going since I was a child and I don’t think there is anything better than seeing young people playing, singing and dancing to their heart’s desire on the streets of Mullingar. 

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