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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Seachtain na Gaeilge : Ceol '06

A newspaper that used to pop in my letterbox in Dublin when I lived in Ireland was the Dublin People, with its Northside and Southside variants. There's a letter of note for Kansas City in there at the moment, from Seán Ó hAdhmaill, asking for More Irish Language Please:
On writing this letter we are in the middle of Seachtain na Gaeilge, the main Irish language festival.
It's a festival that boasts literally thousands of events worldwide and many which are held in Dublin.
As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, a double CD, Ceol 06 was released, featuring artists such as the Corrs, the Saw Doctors, the Revs, the Waterboys, Kíla and many more.
All proceeds go to Concern and at the time of writing it is doing extremely well in the charts.
Actually Seachtain na Gaeilge (literally Irish Language Week) was celebrated over the two weeks of March 4-17, and the full line-up of Ceol '06 CD (Ceol means 'music') is: The Corrs, Luka Bloom, The Frames, The Waterboys, Mundy, The Saw Doctors, The Frank and Walters, Kíla / Oki, The Revs, John Spillane, The Pale, Autamata, Lisa Hannigan, Emmett Tinley, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Roesy, Ger Wolfe, Q, Traic, Susan McKeown & Róisín Chambers, The Mongrels, The Fuchsia Band, Morgan the Bouncer, Conor O'Tuama, Ross Breen and Ian Whitty.

Along with KC Irish Fest performers Luka Bloom, John Spillane and The Fuchsia Band singing their first composition Grá dá raibh!, it also includes The Frames who last played in our region in a scintillating gig in Lawrence two years ago supporting Damien Rice. And singing, amazingly as always, with Damien that night was Lisa Hannigan, who also appears on Ceol '06.

Last year's project was called SnaG '05 and included KC Irish Fest 2006 headliner Liam Ó Maonlai of the Hothouse Flowers

A few hours ago was I talking to The Fuchsia Band man Máirtín de Cógáin, down at the Oak St Coffee Shop at 63rd and we were chatting about the gig to launch the CD. Sounded like a great night at The Village in Dublin by my old stomping ground.

If you have a subscription you can read a review of Ceol '06 in the main Music Magazine in Ireland, the Hotpress. Or you can just get on with it and buy this Irish Language gem for charity direct from Concern. I'm hoping my sister gets me a copy.

See Related Posts:
     • Máirtín de Cógáin: The Fuchsia Band Man
     • Luka Bloom: Not Just an Irish Singer
     • Liam O Maonlai on Toumani Diabate


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