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RTE - Origins and Dev. of Irish Folk

ChrisJBrady 21 Mar 11 - 02:35 PM
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Subject: RTE - Origins and Dev. of Irish Folk
From: ChrisJBrady
Date: 21 Mar 11 - 02:35 PM

Great series of four programmes.

Compass Ceoil

Compass Ceoil is a four-part series journeying through the history of Irish traditional music, presented by Moya Brennan.

Monday January 3rd: The Origins of the Tradition

Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, Nicholas Carolan, explains how traditional music in Ireland dates back to the middle Stone-Age and talks about the crucial work done by collectors such as Bunting, O'Neill and Breathnach in preserving the music. Cormac de Barra talks about the history of some of the instruments central to traditional music including our national emblem, the Irish harp.

Tuesday January 4th: Reviving the Tradition

In programme two Fintan Vallely talks about the Folk Revival in the 1960s and how its roots can be traced back to the 19th century. Moya Brennan talks to some of the major figures in the tradition, including Paddy Moloney (Chieftains), John Sheahan (Dubliners) and Donal Lunny (Planxty) and explores how the Catholic Church lobbied the first Fianna Fáil Government to create the Dance Hall Act of 1935 which changed the way Céilí music was to be performed forever.

Wednesday January 5th: Composing the Tradition

We'll hear about some of the great composers of tunes in the tradition, including how Carolan was heavily influenced by baroque music and why we often hear the same melodies being used for a number of different songs. Professor Micheál Ó Súilleabháin explains how Tommy Potts changed the ground-plan of the tradition and paved the way for a new wave of interpreters.

Thursday January 6th: The Tradition Today

Moya concludes the series with a present day view of Irish traditional music. She explores how the growing global appetite for traditional music has grown over the past 30 years with Barry Stapleton of the Milwaukee Irish Fest. Commercialism in the tradition is discussed by Professor David Cooper of Leeds University and Colin Dunne explains how everything changed after Riverdance in 1994.

Compass Ceoil is a Digital Audio Production for RTÉ lyric fm, made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's Sound and Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme. RTÉ Libraries and Archives provided archive material.

Producer: Eamonn de Barra, RTÉ lyric fm Producer: Eoin Brady


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Subject: RE: RTE - Origins and Dev. of Irish Folk
From: ChrisJBrady
Date: 21 Mar 11 - 03:05 PM

Sadly - despite being broadcast on FM - the streaming on the RTE site has reduced the bit rate to a mere 16.5kbps. Hardly hi-fi. But the content is good.

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