Sunday 18 August 2019

My Cultural Life: Louise Mulcahy, musician

Louise Mulcahy
Louise Mulcahy
Camino Voyage
Hetty Lawlor
Minstrels and musicians

Louise Mulcahy is an internationally renowned performer on both uilleann pipes and flute. She is a member of the highly acclaimed Mulcahy family, and with her father Mick and sister Michelle, has released four albums. She released a highly acclaimed debut solo album titled Tuning The Road in 2014. She is currently researching the unique story of Irish women and the uilleann pipes. Her many awards include Female Musician of the Year 2017 and Tradconnect Album of the Year. Louise will perform at the Kilkenny Arts Festival alongside her sister Michelle, and Maighread and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill this Tuesday. kilkennyarts.ie

Film: The Camino Voyage

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Camino Voyage
 

The Camino Voyage follows the journey of writer and poet Danny Sheehy, musicians Glenn Hansard and Brendan Begley, artist Liam Holden and stonemason Brendan Moriarty who embark on the Camino by sea - the 2,500km journey from Ireland to northern Spain in a traditional boat called a naomhog which they built themselves. They followed the example of Irish pilgrims, who sailed from Ireland centuries ago to north-west Spain.

Design: Fedora

I really love hats and in particular, fedoras. We have many talented Irish milliners currently creating beautiful designs. I feel it is important to support Irish design and I recently had a bespoke red fedora made by milliner Margaret O'Connor who is based in Ennis, Co Clare.

TV: Sky Portrait Artist of the Year

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Hetty Lawlor
 

Both amateur and professional artists compete for the title of Portrait Artist of the Year. Each week, the artists are challenged to produce a portrait of a well-known sitter. Last year, a talented young Irish artist by the name of Hetty Lawlor (above) from Co Mayo competed and I really enjoyed following her journey to the final. Hetty's father Jimmy is also a wonderful artist and they both exhibited in the RHA 189th Annual Exhibition.

Artist: Lucy Doyle

Over the past few years, I've collected a number of original artworks by Irish artists. One of my favourite pieces is an artwork titled Ornamental Poppies by Lucy Doyle. Lucy creates her paintings using a palette knife, which enables her to maximise the full intensity of the colour and texture of the oil paint. The painting hangs in my dining room and lights up the room.

Book: Irish Minstrels and Musicians

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Minstrels and musicians
 

I'm researching the history of women in uilleann piping, a tradition which has been male-dominated for most of its history. Captain Francis O'Neill's classic text (above) has provided a great starting point for my research. My father bought it in 1975 and gifted it to me when I began playing the uilleann pipes.

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