Monday 19 August 2019

Michael's Drogheda Fleadh gig

Airs of Old Drogheda and/agus Ceiliúradh Seamus Ennis, featuring music by Michael Holohan takes place on Tuesday 13th August at 8pm at the Augustinian Church Shop St, Drogheda.

In celebration of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann's second year in Drogheda, the composer and conductor Michael Holohan will be presenting a very special concert called Airs of Old Drogheda and Ceiliúradh Seamus Ennis (1919-2019). This concert promises to reveal local pieces of Irish traditional music which have not been heard in Drogheda for over two centuries.

A star studded cast will include Mick O'Brien pipes; Donal O'Kelly actor and playwright; Brian Dunning flute; Simon O'Dwyer Bronze Age horns, Ancient Music Ireland; Hannah O' Brien and Máire Ní Choilm singers; Breifne Holohan and Baz Leahy guitars and last but not least, The Boyne Valley Chamber Orchestra from Drogheda, who gave such a wonderful performance of The Road to Lough Swilly recently in the National Library, Dublin.

For the past few years, Holohan has been researching the traditional music of the town. He has now managed to assemble a collection of pieces from the mid 1700s and early 1800s, which reach back in time to the more prosperous days of Drogheda ('The Linen Boom' of 1790-1820). Some of the tunes were played or collected in the area of Laurence St , which could then have been aptly called 'the artistic left bank' of Drogheda. Other melodies eventually made their way back to Drogheda from America, thanks to the great collector and musician Captain Francis O'Neill.

At €10 a ticket (under 18s free) on Eventbrite or in the Augustinian Shop this is one of the real bargains of the Fleadh!!

This concert is sponsored by The Augustinian Community, Firestone, Create Louth and The Drogheda Credit Union.

Drogheda Independent