Monday June 26th, 5pm
Gearoidín Breathnach: “Bíonn dhá insint ar scéal agus dhá leagan déag ar amhrán” There are two sides to a story and twelve versions of a song
Gearoidín Breathnach is a traditional storyteller or Seanchaí and a Sean-Nós singer from the Gaeltacht area of North-West Donegal. Gearoidín is two time winner of the prestigious sean-nós singing competition Corn Uí Riada and two time winner of Corn Neddie Frainc Mac Grianna in storytelling. Gearoidín has been a part of numerous worldwide productions within the arts. She has published a wealth of literature aimed at the younger generation to entice and inspire the next generation to learn the storying telling and singing traditions of old. She has produced a number of highly successful CD’s of local traditional songs that are listened to worldwide. Gearoidín has also received special accolades for her services within the arts such as Gradam Speísíalta Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann in 2005 awarded by Comhltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the world renowned international culture award La Traglia in 2011. Past winners of this accolade include the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee daughter of the famous Mahatma Gandhi. Gearoidín also works with groups from young children to adults and with people from all around the world who want to experience a taste of Irish stories, songs and culture.
Áine Hensey is one of Ireland’s best-known traditional music broadcasters. She began her career with RTÉ 2FM and Radio 1 and was involved in the setting up of Clare FM, where she had special responsibility for the central role of traditional music in the new station. She has worked as a presenter/producer with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta since 1995.
Áine has more than 30 years’ experience of organising and administering arts events, having spent 20 years working in various roles with Slógadh, Gael-Linn’s national youth festival and, more recently, with Siansa Gael-Linn. From 1996 to 2001, she was musical director of Éigse Mrs Crotty, the Kilrush festival that celebrated the music of the concertina. She has been involved, in various capacities, with the organisation and production of TG4’s annual Gradaim Ceoil and wrote and produced a commemorative booklet for the 10th anniversary of the awards. From 2012 to 2013, she spent twelve months as Cultural Projects Animator with Oidhreacht an Chláir, considerably raising the profile, both locally and nationally, of the west Clare music and culture archive.
Áine is currently chairman of the board of directors of Gael-Linn and is a former board member of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. She was awarded a PhD in early modern history from NUI Maynooth in 2012.