Cork Folk Festival brings highlights of the 41st iconic Cork folk gathering to our screens.
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In a year like no other, the makers of Cork Folk Festival have curated a feast for the senses for followers of traditional and folk music bringing the best of local and national artists to our screens. This six-episode series recorded at the Cork Folk Festival in October 2020 just before the second lockdown, brings us some of Munster’s finest performers along with friends from further afield. Filmed in some of Corks most iconic venues, the now sadly closed Kino, Cork City Gaol, St’ Luke’s and Cork Opera House, the series of concerts and performances filmed behind closed doors can now be shared with all music lovers.
The final episode on the 6th of June at 9.30pm features cork musicians including John Spillane.
Pic: John Spillane & Pauline Scanlon
John is a musician, songwriter and poet from Co. Cork. Rooted in people, place and story, his music transports the listener and his live performances captivate audiences around the world. After 20 years, John is set to release his first independent release; 100 Snow White Horses. John has previously worked with producer John Reynolds and singer Pauline Scanlon; on John’s albums Hey Dreamer (2005), The Gaelic Hit Factory (2006) and My Dark Rosaleen and the Island of Dreams (2008). Having performed in many of Corks Folk Festival over the years, in 2020 John Spillane headlined the 41st Cork Folk Festival. In this weeks’ programme on TG4, accompanied by Pauline Scanlon from Dingle we bear witness to one of his best ever performances.
Pauline Scanlon is a vocalist and songwriter from Dingle Co. Kerry. She first gained a lot of attention with her debut album, Red Colour Sun. She has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including Damien Dempsey, Sinéad O’Connor, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and many more. She is a member of the vocal group LUMIERE that signed to SONY records in Ireland. Pauline has presented several music based Television programmes for both the BBC and TG4 in recent years including ‘Ceol Ón gCroí’ and ‘Bosca Ceoil’. Pauline has just begun to record her third solo album this year.
Also performing is Diarmuid Ó Meachair an accordion player from Cúil Aodha Co. Cork. He began playing the accordion at the age of five and attended lessons with the encouraging Henry Cronin during his primary school years. In 2016, Diarmuid won the senior melodeon competition at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis at 19 years of age. He has won multiple awards for singing and performing. Diarmuid performs in this week’s final episode of Cork Folk Festival on TG4 from the stunning Cork City Gaol.
Áine & Francis O’Connor -Áine O’ Connor is from Cill na Martra Co. Cork. Áine is the only daughter of the noted fiddle player Connie O’Connell. Francis O’ Connor is from Ardagh Co. Limerick. He is a renowned concert flute player and an accomplished fiddle player as well. Francis is a great composer and has in an excess of fifty tunes of all genres, composed to date. Francis and Áine have been playing together as a duet, for well over twenty years. Their music is a fusion of both West Limerick and a Sliabh Luachra style. They released their debut album, ‘They didn't come home until morning’ in January of 2020. From the Kino in Cork, in this last episode of the Cork Folk Festival on TG4, they will play music from that album alongside accompanist Brain Mooney.
They are also joined by Ciara Murphy, a fiddle player from Sutton in North Dublin. She has played and travelled with Lord of The Dance and also Gaelforce Dance. Having won an All-Ireland duet alongside her sister Éilis in 2015, this will be her solo fiddle debut feature. She has her own clothing company Murcú and was one of the founding members of Mise Fosta – Irish Music’s #metoo movement in 2020. Ciara performs two pieces composed by Tommy Peoples, One for Sorrow and Tow for Joy, from the fabulous St. Lukes’ in Cork.
The 41st annual Cork Folk Festival brings us the very best of traditional and folk music in both intimate and large-scale settings. Presenter Doireann Ní Ghlacáin, a renowned fiddle player and singer steeped in the musical tradition of the Ó Riada and Glackin families – brings us warm, informal, bilingual interviews with the musicians themselves in between pulsating performances from an array of talented artists.
Directed by Maurice Linnane, produced by Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and Executive Producer Niamh Ní Bhaoill ‘Cork Folk Festival’ series 2. previous episodes are available on TG4 player www.tg4.ie
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