Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Heaney and O'Flynn team up for Fleadh

Cara Dillon

A Nobel Laureate is set to join a master uilleann piper for an intimate and exclusive performance at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Londonderry.

The massive event attracts 300,000 people each year and this August will mark the first time the Fleadh Cheoil has been held in Northern Ireland in its 60 year history.

The final line-up for this year's history-making event has been revealed, with one of the highlights Seamus Heaney's The Poet And The Piper.

This intimate presentation will weave Heaney's poetry into traditional and contemporary music performed by O'Flynn.

As part of the show-stopping programme of events, Dungiven singer Cara Dillon (right) will perform a spectacular headline concert on August 15 at the Millennium Forum, accompanied by the Orchestra of Ireland. Brought up in a close musical family immersed in the rich cultural heritage of her native Co Derry, Cara won the All-Ireland Traditional Singing Trophy aged just 12.

Her last album was named the 2010 BBC Folk Album of the Year.

Its title track, The Hill Of Thieves, was voted among Northern Ireland's all-time Top 10 original songs by BBC Radio Ulster listeners last year.

The city's landmark 19th century Guildhall will also be the centrepiece for a series of lunchtime concerts celebrating the richest traditional musical regions in the world.

These events will feature the distinctive musical flavours of Nova Scotia and the United States of America with performances by the Troy McGillivray Trio, Liz Carroll and Tim Eriksen.

The Meitheal Orchestra will bring the best of Irish music to the city, while the Highlands and Islands of Scotland will come to the north west with The Campbells, Lorne MacDoughall – lead bagpiper for the Disney-Pixar movie Brave – Finlay Wells, and Rona Wilkie and Marit Fält.

Fleadh 2013 chairperson Eibhlin Ni Dhochartaigh said this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for locals and visitors to see some amazing performers.

"The Fleadh in Derry this year is a first and has been described as groundbreaking," she said.

 

Background

Northern Ireland's first Fleadh Cheoil runs in Derry from August 11-18 with a series of exclusive world class collaborations.

Other leading acts include Dervish, Flook, Beoga, Tim Edey, Brendan Power, Liz Carroll, Tim Eriksen, Lorcan Mac Mathuna, and dance spectacular Take The Floor. Tickets for all events will be released soon. For more information visit www.fleadhcheoil.ie or call 028 7137 3573.

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