Anamchairde

 

Blaiseadh/Taster

Éist le grúpa Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits ag seinm

Listen to the Anamchairde Group playing

Éist le grúpa Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits ag ceol amhráin

Listen to the Anamchairde Group performing a song

 

Ainm an Tionscadail: Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits – tógann an tionscnamh inspioráid ó dheonachán Choctaw de $170 don tír seo le linn an Ghorta Mhóir Féach https://celticjunction.org/cjac/arts-review/a-kindred-experience/ 

 

Name of Project: Anamchairde is a term from the Irish language and means soul friends. Those who have developed the vision for Anamchairde believe that there now exists a high degree of support within the newly established partnerships in Armagh, Northern Ireland and St. Paul, Minnesota to share expertise and increase mutual awareness of our rich shared cultural linguistic heritage at all times drawing from the indigenous heritage, both Irish and Native American, culturally, socially and spiritually. The term kindred spirits has been used to describe the deep understanding that gave rise to the Choctaw nation donating $170 to help the Irish people devastated by the Great Hunger in 1847. 

Read More Here: https://celticjunction.org/cjac/arts-review/a-kindred-experience/ 

 

 

Cúlra: Bunaíodh an pháirtnéireacht seo do Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2021 agus d’éirigh breá fad léi. Is iontach an comhoibriú a tharla ó shin fosta; cruinnithe, altanna foilsithe, seisiúin idirlín srl. Mar chuid den pháirtnéireacht seo, cuireadh clár uair an chloig ar fáil agus cumadh amhráin agus dán nua i nGaeilge mar aon le ceol/amhránaíochta. Is féidir amharc ar an chlár seo ina iomláine anseo

 

Leis an chlár seo a chur le chéile cothaíodh cairdeas an-láidir agus ba mhaith linn tógáil ar an chaidreamh thrasatlantach anois sa dóigh is nach gcaillfí an mhóiminteam. 

 

Background: Anamchairde seeks to build on these concepts in a truly meaningful way and to assist with promoting Irish language and arts in the Celtic Junction Arts Centre and in Aonach Mhacha. A panel discussion featuring individuals with great collective knowledge in relation to (Irish) language revitalisation in Ireland, USA and Canada also emerged from our first year promoting the Anamchairde Partnership. Those with considerable expertise in this area of indigenous culture from both Ireland and USA have already lent their support to the Anamchairde Concept; i) Professor Margaret Noodin who speaks Irish ii) Daithí Sproule, an Irish language speaker, iii) musician and academic, Mike Sullivan iv) Kevin Byrne, an Irish Speaker, Irish Consul General to Chicago. Traditional Arts Partnership have considerable experience in cross-community and international artistic collaboration. You can watch the full Anamchairde/Kindredspirits Seachtain na Gaeilge programme here:

 

Cé hiad Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits – Seo thíos na grúpaí atá páirteach;

 

Aonach Mhacha  https://www.aonachmhacha.com

Celtic Junction Arts Centre (St. Paul, Minnesota) https://celticjunction.org

 

Traditional Arts Partnership – South Armagh atá lonnaithe ar an Mhullach Bhán https://www.facebook.com/TraditionalArtsPartnership

 

Gael Linn www.gael-linn.ie

 

Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership – www.ringofgullion.org 

 

Is siúr-ionaid chultúrtha/theanga iad Aonach Mhacha/Celtic Junction Arts Centre 

 

Who are Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits – Below the partners are listed;

 

Aonach Mhacha  https://www.aonachmhacha.com

Celtic Junction Arts Centre (St. Paul, Minnesota) https://celticjunction.org

 

Traditional Arts Partnership – South Armagh atá lonnaithe ar an Mhullach Bhán https://www.facebook.com/TraditionalArtsPartnership

 

Gael Linn www.gael-linn.ie

 

Aonach Mhacha in Armagh, Ireland and Celtic Junction Arts Centre, St. Paul, Minnisota, are Sister-Centres

 

Cén fáth anois – Ba mhaith linn tógáil ar an méid a baineadh amach le linn dianghlasáil Cóivid-19 do Sheachtain na Gaeilge agus é sin a fhíorú anois trí chuairt go Naomh Pól, Minnisota áit a bhfuil Celtic Junction Arts Centre lonnaithe leis an chomhoibriú a láidriú go mór agus comhaontaithe a oibriú amach mar is ceart le chéile. Le linn na cuairte seo ar Irish Arts Fair, Minnesota ag an Cháisc 2022 – beidh ranganna Gaeilge, coirmeacha agus léachtaí a mbeidh an grúpa ó Éirinn (8 ó Anamchairde) á gcur ar fáil. Tá cuireadh faighte cheana ag Anamchairde a bheith páirteach san Irish Arts Fair. 

 

 

Tá bailiúchán iomlán de cheol Gael Linn (breis agus 150 aonad atá ar fáil) seolta chuig leabharlann Eoin McKieran chéanna agus beifear ag oscailt an bhailiúcháin seo le linn na cuairte. Thacaigh An tOllamh Eoin McKieran le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge go mór ar bhonn trasatlantach nuair a bhí sé beo https://celticjunction.org/cjac/arts-review/issue-11-beltane-2020/eoin-mckiernan-library-during-covid-19/ 

 

Míreanna ón chlár idirlín Anamchairde:

 

Seo físeanna a léiríonn na gnéithe Gaeilge d’Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits.

 

Piaras Lorcáin 

 

Dáithí Sproule 

 

Meg Nuadáin

 

Kevin Byrne

 

An díoschúrsa

 

 

Why now – Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits ? 

Collectively we wish to maintain and build on the momentum achieved during the challenging COVID -19 restrictions by making our extensive virtual contact for Seachtain na Gaeilge a more meaningful reality by meeting in person. We are committed to exploring every opportunity to develop our social, linguistic, cultural and artistic exchange on a cross community basis here in Armagh and on a transatlantic basis with our friends in St Paul, Minnesota. 

Gael Linn has donated a full set of all its available music collection (containing 150 units) to the Eoin McKieran library based in the Celtic Juntion Arts Centre Professor Eoin McKieran supported Gael Linn when he was alive in many ways https://celticjunction.org/cjac/arts-review/issue-11-beltane-2020/eoin-mckiernan-library-during-covid-19/ 

 

Sections from our Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits Seachtain na Gaeilge presentation:

 

 

Piaras Lorcáin

 

Dáithí Sproule

 

Meg Nuadáin

 

Kevin Byrne

 

An díoschúrsa

 

Buail leis an Fhoireann/Meet the team

watch/féach

 

Elaine O’Sullivan TAP Musical Director    

Elaine has been playing Irish Traditional music since the tender age of 4. Growing up in Coventry she was taught by the renowned Cavan accordion player Vincent Tighe. She represented Coventry CCE at local, provincial and All Ireland level in accordion, concertina, duets, trios and grúpa ceoil. Her first All-Ireland title was on button accordion 15-18 in 1986 and her second was in the Senior Concertina in 1988.

Elaine is also classically trained on the violin and spent her formative years playing with the Coventry Youth Orchestra.

As a child Elaine danced with the Clifford School of Irish Dancing in Coventry. She gained her TCRG qualification in 1993 and taught Irish dancing in Hull for 5 years

She has been teaching music for most of her life. On her return to Ireland in 1997 she immediately started to teach for Newcastle CCÉ in County Down. Within her first year of teaching with the branch she brought the 15-18 group to a 2nd placing in the All Ireland.

She was a member of the Mullaghbawn GFC Scór Group that brought two senior All-Ireland titles home to Mullaghbawn. She has been teaching and developing music in the local South Armagh area since 2007. In 2011 she co-founded the Traditional Arts Partnership – South Armagh with other local musicians. Elaine is Musical Director.

 

 

Fergal O’Brien: Biography: Fergal O’Brien hails from a family steeped in traditional music in Portglenone, County Antrim. Fergal became interested in traditional music through his mother Ann, an All-Ireland Slow Air Fiddle champion, in the late 70’s. His brother and sister were members of Deánta and his first group Clann Lughaidh were double All Ireland Slógadh winners in 1979 and 1980.Clann Lughaidh went on to appear on BBC’s As I  Roved Outand performed for two years at the Interceltic festival in Lorient. Fergal plays piano, concertina and bodhrán.

After he married and moved to South Armagh Fergal was a member of an All-Ireland winning Mullaghbawn Scór Instrumental Group in 2006 & 2008.

He has been teaching bodhrán at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels since 1986 in Belfast and from 2006 with the Traditional Arts Partnership. In 2016, following the first graded bodhrán syllabus from the London College of Music & University of West London, Fergal introduced grades into his bodhrán teaching. He went on to publish the world’s first graded bodhran tutor book with his colleague René de Kat and the support of TAP. The 4th edition of the book will be published in 2021. It has travelled to 23 countries.

Community projects and events and CDs

2004 Player and coordinator on re-recording of Tubular Bells under original producer Tom Newman, a large-scale community music project

2012-2016 Bodhrán coordinator/player in Titanic Drums– a musical extravaganza created by John Anderson & Mark Wilson

2014 & 2015 Performed in Osteria Grutli, Switzerland with Finbar Magee, Breige Quinn and Patrick Martin

2015 Guest appearance with “Stonewall” folk group in Atlanta, Georgia

2002 Dawntidean Irish Persian collaboration

2007 Whats the Scór? a CD celebrating talent from Mullaghbawn performing music, song & poetry

2008  Bodhrán for Beginners CD2

2017 guest on The Irish Harp- a Journey in Time by Sharon Carroll & 2017 guest on An Irish Planxty by Swiss group Insieme

 

Patrick O’Donnell: Professor at Normandale Community College; Director Saint Paul Irish Arts Week; Director of Education Celtic Junction; Editor of the quarterly Celtic Junction Arts. He acts as a catalyst for creative and intellectual work connected with Irish (and Celtic – very broadly defined) literature, drama, film, and the arts as a writer, producer, director, actor, editor, scholar, nonprofit board member, and faculty member in Minnesota. Patrick was an initial developer for the Anamchairde project and has been consistent in his active support since August 2019.

 

Kenny Qua: Kenny Qua is a primary school teacher from Markethill in County Armagh. He first developed a musical interest at his primary school, which led to classical flute tuition with the EA throughout his High School years.

Since then Kenny has developed into an accomplished musician who performs regularly on both guitar and woodwind. (Flutes, whistles and uilleann pipes). He has been offering music tuition since 1996 both privately and in the context of the primary school where he is employed. Kenny is also experienced in media production both as a musician and as a producer, with projects in audio and visual creation. Community projects and events:

Performing at the Highland Games in Atlanta Georgia 2009 -2019

Performing at the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Beijing, China in 2016

Performances at European Parliament in Brussels 2016 and 2017

Support artist for the Red-Hot Chilli-Pipers at the Waterfront Arts Centre Belfast 2017

Musical direction of School’s entertainment at the Royal visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 2017

Production of Traditional Arts Partnership Lockdown Performances (U-12 and 15-18 groups)

Production of online performances for Newry Fleadh, Mid-Ulster Council Burns Night

Production of the online Highland Games 2020, Atlanta Georgia.

 

Siobhán Downey became involved as a parent with Traditional Arts Partnership (TAP) when it started in 2011. She liked the ethos of the Partnership from the first time she met Elaine and Fergal. When they formed TAP, Siobhan knew that with her experience in HR Management, she could add something to the growing success of the organisation which had great potential. I agreed to take on the role of voluntary secretary for Traditional Arts Partnership. Within this role Siobhán carries out administration work in relation to weekly music lessons, LCM Exams, yearly feis, fleadhs, community music events and residential trips. She collates information during registration each year regarding membership and lessons for approximately 200 pupils, liaise with external bodies in relation to offsite venue, carrying out risk assessments and infection control procedures for same.

Over the past 6 years several trips have been organised, one example of this is an annual trip to Sitges, Barcelona for our 15-18 group which usually comprises of 25 musicians and 6 volunteer adults. For all trips Siobhan liaises with pupils who are suitable to attend and their parents, collating information for organising flights, transport, accommodation, meals, dietary requirements, and everything that is entailed in health & safety, infection control and risk assessments to ensure the smooth and enjoyable running of any trip.

Connell McBride is a musician, pianist and educator from Armagh.  A tutor with Portmór Branch Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Connell designed the Trad for Tots initiative and teaches music theory and trad’ melodica.  He wrote the tuition book: ‘Melodica Method’ for use by students learning keyboard and music theory. A regular sessions musician with numerous bands has allowed Connell to play across genres and instruments.  He has featured on the bill of the major festivals in Armagh City and District including the Food and Cider Festival and the 7 Hills Blues Festival. He has a number of composition credits, including having written music for online events and even a computer game and arranges music for stage and school performances. Connell has a special interest in the music of Irish composer John Field and is much sought after as an accompanist by traditional musicians in his performing circles.

Patricia Vallely is a traditional singer and fiddle player, who draws largely from the rich heritage and song tradition of her native South Armagh, Oriel. Patricia grew up in a household steeped in folk and traditional singing and a great love for the Irish language and culture. Her father, Pete Vallely was a singer of some note and recorder by collector, Ciarán Mac Mathúna. Patricia spent many years with the well-known and respected traditional group Reel to Reel. She believes passionately in passing on our tradition to the next generation, tutoring many younger musicians and singers in the area. She has successfully tutored pupils to achieve higher grades in the London School of Music examinations in traditional music. Patricia has travelled to Canada and America performing with Armagh Rhymers. She is well known in the local traditional session scene in and around Armagh as both singer and fiddler.

Natalie OShea is the Executive Director of Celtic Junction Arts Center, the Irish Cultural Center of Minnesota. Natalie is an active member of Irish Network, the Midwest Irish Cultural Centers Association (MICCA), and Network of Irish Cultural Centres of North America (NICCoNA), representing Minnesota nationally and internationally. As a speaker she has presented with Global MN, the Irish Echo National Campfire; founded and hosts a Social Justice Seminar Series; and received a TOSCA award for her contributions to the Celtic Arts. Natalie is writer and director of three annual theatrical productions, one of which has been published in the Harp and Loon Anthology.  She contributes to the quarterly arts review, CJAR, is an Advisory Editor for UST’s New Hibernia Review, and a regular contributor to the Irish Echo. Under her leadership, Celtic Junction Arts Center won the award for Best Irish Cultural Center with Irish Central in 2018. Natalie also toured the world for three and a half years with Riverdance, The Show.

Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Director of Education with Gael Linn and Chairperson of Aonach Mhacha: He has spent more than twenty five years working with Gael Linn in the promotion of the Irish language. He is author of three books on Cúchulainn; Laoch na Laochra: Scéal Chúchulainn (2015), Cúchulainn, Ulsters Greatest Hero (2017) and Cú Uladh, Scéal Chúchulainn (2018). Réamonn was born in Crossmaglen and now lives in Milford near Navan Fort in County Armagh, the centre of power for the Red Branch Heroes of whom Cúchulainn was foremost champion. Réamonn is chairperson of Aonach Mhacha, the Irish language social enterprise behind the building of a £2.3 m Irish language Cultural Centre in Armagh City which opened in March 2020 after a ten-year odyssey. He has toured the Midwest of the USA speaking about Cúchulainn. Translations by Réamonn have been performed at Imram, International Irish language Literature Festival in Dublin in 2018 and 2019.

 

Des Murphy had been the Industrial Liaison Officer for School of Hospitality & Tourism (Centre of Excellence N.I.) Southern Regional College for 25 years. Prior to taking up the post at the Southern Regional College he had been a hotel manager in both Ireland and in the U.S.A. for 9 years. In 2004 He successfully completed a comprehensive tour guide course with Failte Ireland and was appointed as a tour guide for Northern Ireland and border counties. This led to Des taking part in an RTE TV Eco tourism program for the entire region.

As Chair of the Camlough Heritage Society and Chair of the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme he established a village heritage trail which has attracted visitors from the US, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Southern Ireland and many cross-community groups in Northern Ireland. The heritage trail of Camlough incorporates the political history, town lands, culture and folklore of the area. The Heritage Soc. (through lottery funding) revived an old Irish method of identifying local postal addresses, erecting granite town land stones and producing an informative book explaining their origin.  Also, as a trained mountaineer, he has developed archaeology walks on Slieve Gullion mountain and mountain regions throughout Ireland, which has been very helpful to the Travel & Tourism students from Southern Regional College.

Des taught tour guiding/N.I. tourism on the World Host Ambassador program to the hospitality industry throughout Northern Ireland and also for budding tour guides from the Ring of Gullion region. He has hosted the Grand Rapids Community College, US, week-long visit to South Armagh, studying conflict resolution and archaeology over an eight-year period. Des had also coordinated and guided a week-long visit to Northern Ireland for staff and students of the West Georgia Technical College, U.S.

He joined the Traditional Arts Partnership in January 2016, playing the Bodhran, initially taught and guided through Bodhran Grade 2 LCM successfully by tutor Fergal O’Brien. Continuing to play the Bodhran and currently being taught the Banjo.

 

Critical Acclaim for Anamchairde

 

https://eu.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/native-american-issues/2021/03/17/irish-native-americans-have-bond-dating-great-potato-famine/4715042001/

 

Irish stand with Native Americans in revitalizing culture, language in bond dating to Great Potato Famine

FRANK VAISVILAS   | Green Bay Press-Gazette

 

Michael Sullivan, who comes from an Ojibwe mother and an Irish father, sees similarities between the two cultures in that there are those fighting to revitalize their languages in a world dominated by English.

“In our community, we’re working against the clock documenting as much of our language as we can from our last generation of Native speakers,” he said.

Sullivan works as an Ojibwe linguistics instructor at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School in Hayward. He said the Ojibwe language is not just a tool for communication, but is essential to be used in Ojibwe ceremonies, songs and other rituals vital to their culture.

“A big part of who we are is really tied to our language,” Sullivan said.

 

The Sullivan Squad

MICHAEL SULLIVAN

He spoke at an online event this month called Anamchairde “Kindred Spirits,” hosted by the Celtic Junction Arts Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The event celebrated the cultural friendship and solidarity between Ireland and people of the First Nations of America and Canada.

That friendship was renewed last year when the Irish government and individual Irish donors raised more than $3 million for the Navajo and Hopi reservations, which were some of the hardest hit areas during the early days of the pandemic.

The campaign was in response to an event in 1847 when members of the Choctaw Nation had sent relief aid to the Irish after hearing about their suffering during the Great Potato Famine.

“The people of Ireland have never forgotten that huge gesture in our greatest time of need,” said Kevin Byrne, counsel general of the Irish Consulate of Chicago, in a video shown during the Anamchairde event.

The famine was the result of disastrous sustenance policies forced upon the Irish by the British in the 1800s, which relied too heavily on the production of a single crop, potatoes. When that crop failed because of a disease in successive years, about a million people starved to death, leading to great migrations to North America.

The Choctaw people themselves, along with many other Indigenous people, were suffering from starvation and disease after being forced from their lands to Oklahoma during the Trail of Tears events. Thousands of people died during the forced relocations in the 1800s under the orders of President Andrew Jackson in blatant disregard of federal court rulings.

Byrne said both Irish and Indigenous peoples share similar histories in which land and language was lost to colonizers of a dominant state, but both continue to fight to revitalize their cultures.

The Anamchairde event also featured several music performances and one Irish ballad sung of how Irish immigrants serving as soldiers were some of those who had been ordered to force the Choctaw people from their land, but told the Choctaw of their own plights back in Ireland and the Choctaw showed a charity not shown to them.

Sullivan’s family also performed as the Sullivan Squad and joined Irish performers in songs that blended Irish and Ojibwe beats.

Several viewers on Facebook commented how the sounds were like the heartbeats of the two cultures beating together.

                                                         The Sullivan Squad   MICHAEL SULLIVAN

Margaret Noodin, a professor of American and American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, read her poem for Anamchairde that tells of the births of two pre-Christian heroes important to Ojibwe, or Anishinaabe, and Irish cultures.

They are Wenabozho, or Nanabozho, for the Ojibwe and Cu Chulainn for the Irish.

“Long ago when the stones told stories/Cu Chulainn and Wenabozho were born/and still today they are remembered/near the Great Lakes and Lough Neagh,” reads some of her poem.

Margaret Noodin   JENS ZORN

“Both characters trace their narrative origin to oral stories kept by communal retelling and eventually made the transition to texts edited by colonial erasure, religious syncretism and changing rhetoric style,” Noodin said about the piece. “Using poetry and translation as forms of methodology, I provide a close reading that is both comparison and contrast.”

She said she has long been interested in the languages and cultures of her Irish and Anishinaabe ancestors who resisted assimilation and hopes to introduce more people to their stories, which include lessons that everyone can appreciate.

Natalie O’Shea, director of the Celtic Arts Junction Center, said organizers are planning more events that celebrate the solidarity between Irish and Indigenous cultures.

Anamchairde was shown live on March 12, but can be viewed for free on the organization’s Facebook page, facebook.com/CelticJunction.

Frank Vaisvilas is a Report For America corps member based at the Green Bay Press-Gazette covering Native American issues in Wisconsin. He can be reached at 920-228-0437 or fvaisvilas@gannett.com, or on Twitter at @vaisvilas_frank. Please consider supporting journalism that informs our democracy with a tax-deductible gift to this reporting effort at GreenBayPressGazette.com/RFA.

Celtic Junction Arts Review

A Kindred Experience

Eamonn O’Sullivan

Musicians from the Traditional Arts Partnership (TAP) recently took part in an exciting online project with the Celtic Junction Arts Center (CJAC) of Minnesota, Aonach Mhacha of Armagh, and members of the Ojibwe and Choctaw tribes. The online event brought together musicians, singers, and speakers to commemorate and celebrate the linguistic and cultural friendship between the people of Ireland and the people of the First Nations of Canada/ America.

In a time of isolation, meeting new people is unlikely. However, from the first mention, the Anamchairde (meaning kindred spirits) collaboration between Celtic Junction, the indigenous Ojibwe Nation, Aonach Mhacha, and the Traditional Arts Partnership from South Armagh, was going to be a success. Everyone had their part to play, from Zoom meetings, Zoom rehearsals, individual practices, onsite meetings, risk assessments, to the final presentation. All were focused and aware of the changes and protocols that were necessary for keeping everyone safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Left: TAP students record on rooftop at Aonach Mhacha

The most significant day for South Armagh’s Traditional Arts Partnership was over in the stunning Aonach Mhacha Centre in Armagh, where recordings were taken on the rooftop terrace for the final project. All of the musicians from TAP were delighted to be reunited. This could be seen in everyone’s eyes as they lit up when they saw each other, and the huge smiles and rekindling of friendships that had been abruptly put on hold. Everyone played music together with life and energy like they hadn’t had a break from playing together for almost a year. The musicians got a great lift as this was one of the first in-person TAP events since the start of the pandemic. The Aonach Mhacha Cultural Centre facilitated by Réamonn Ó Ciaráin was also happy to be utilized for recording, having only opened just before the pandemic began.

The main concept behind the project was the performance of three tunes, two of which were composed by 16-year-old Aodh Mac Murchaidh from Silverbridge. Aodh is a member of Tap’s 15-18 Grúpa Ceoil, is a multi-instrumentalist, and is also a tutor with TAP. Aodh wrote a march and a reel which were performed transatlantically by CJAC and TAP respectively. Commenting on the project Aodh said “Anam Chairde/ Kindred Spirits has meant a lot to me during the lockdown. It has been something new in a time which has been long and challenging. It was brilliant to get to learn about Native American cultures and I have enjoyed being part of an exciting and international collaboration. It has given us a chance to play music together again and get to know new people from the other side of the Atlantic! Overall it has been brilliant craic and I couldn’t wait to hear what the finished piece sounds like.”

The 15-18 Grupa Ceoil from TAP were delighted to be involved in the project and enjoyed learning and rehearsing the new tunes. Having only been meeting weekly on Zoom the day of recording was a welcome announcement which meant friends would get to see each other and play in person after almost a year without seeing each other. Uilleann piper and bodhrán player in the group Fionn Downey commented,

It was great to see people I used to see all the time. Everyone got a lot taller, which you don’t really notice when you see people every week. I was lucky to be playing the pipes and the bodhran so I got to see and play with more of the groups. When we started to play music it was brilliant, just getting lost in the moment. It was interesting being recorded for something involving a group from a different country. Going through different ‘takes’ and looking at scenery that we sometimes take for granted.”

As well as the youth, TAP’s older musicians were delighted to be reunited with the music and people. Fergal O’Brien and his fleet of bodhrán players enjoyed filming on the roof of Aonach Mhacha. The photography and video footage were stunning; they also recorded at Bluebell Lane Glamping in Mullaghbawn in the heart of the Ring of Slieve Gullion surrounded by nature, beauty and mountains. Mature musician Marcella loved the kindred experience commenting on Fergal’s amazing enthusiasm, vision and “can do” approach.

In these days of relative isolation, it’s been something else to be linked with kindred drumming spirits across the Atlantic and with people who are cherishing their cultural traditions and ready to link in with us, a leap of faith or more so a link in the chain of spiritual musical fusion. For a pensioner child at heart like me, it was great to be part of the whole event, watching the YouTube video, practicing for the recording, and playing on the roof of Culturlann Ard Mhacha. The icing on the cake was the well-organized and directed event at Bluebell Lane taking in such wonderful surroundings and having the craic together. Go raibh maith agaibh.

 

Above: TAP recording in Mullaghbawn

In conclusion, this was a fantastic programme to be involved with. Musically, socially, and culturally it was a great learning experience and thoroughly enjoyable for everybody involved. Since the first kindred spirits event, relations have further developed between TAP and the Center for Irish Music (CIM) based in Minnesota. They had an online session where they shared tunes from their locality with one another. Musicians on both sides of the Atlantic can’t wait to meet each other and play a few tunes. Thank you to all involved with the organisation of the programme and we look forward to further collaborations with our new friends in America.

You can watch the Anamchairde/Kindred Spirits Seminar on Facebook. Go to mark 1:04 to watch the collaborative performance that the author refers to in this article.

 

Preview on Armagh I https://www.armaghi.com/whats-on/irish-language-week/anamchairde-kindred-spirits-by-celtic-junction-and-aonach-mhacha/128929

Anamchairde / Kindred Spirits by Celtic Junction and Aonach Mhacha

Aonach Mhacha, Armagh City, Celtic Junction Arts Centre, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Traditional Arts Partnership, South Armagh have teamed up with many friends and guests for Seachtain na Gaeilge to produce ‘Anamchairde’.

Anamchairde means kindred spirits and is an online event bringing together speakers, musicians, singers, and other performers to commemorate and celebrate the linguistic and cultural friendship between Ireland and peoples of the First Nations of America/Canada.

The hour-long online production will explore areas of common experience and also our shared humanity. Music, song, spoken word, and other performance forms have been curated into an informative and entertaining online presentation.

Beidh go leor Gaeilge mar chuid den ócáid seo ón dá thaobh den Atlantach agus teangacha eile dúchais Mheiriceá lena chois sin.

 

Supporting References:

 

[1] Anamchairde which was jointly recorded by musicians in South Armagh and in St. Paul, Minnesota https://youtu.be/eUbS759N-00

[1] Renowned singer and songwriter, Finbar Magee song commemorating the Choctaw donation to Ireland called Ima https://youtu.be/6ilt3EMwKbs

[1] Ima in Irish sang by All-Ireland award-winning singer Piaras Ó Lorcáin https://youtu.be/ax-PYZdeGzA

[1] Panel discussion featuring experts/practitioners on language revitalisation in Ireland, USA and Canada  https://youtu.be/n-tgBLIgYxg

[1] Article on Anamchairde by Eamonn O’Sullivan featured in CELTIC JUNCTION ARTS REVIEW https://celticjunction.org/cjac/arts-review/a-kindred-experience/

[1] Article on Anishinabe experience by Réamonn Ó Ciaráin featured in CELTIC JUNCTION ARTS REVIEW https://celticjunction.org/cjac/arts-review/anishinabe-reframing-the-past-reclaiming-the-future/

[1] Professor Margaret Noodin speaking as part of Anamchairde  https://youtu.be/-LtcDiGlSlM

[1] Daithí Sproule singing as part of Anamchairde https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ameWBayYbNU

[1] Musician and Academic Mike Sullivan speaks and performs as part of Anamchairde https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtaKYqFQJjw

[1] Kevin Byrne, Irish Consul General to Chicago speaks in support of Anamchairde https://youtu.be/Chcl41VrsxU

[1] Traditional Arts Partnership perform in cross-community partnership event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo76ygNGXOg

[1] Traditional Arts Partnership perform in international artistic collaboration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFQIuGsDu4c

[1] Aonach Mhacha promotional video – Home of the Irish Language in Armagh City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdCYARiK5W4&t=11s

[1] Traditional Arts Partnership – Drums of the world rehearsal in Mullaghbawn https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154977073573851&id=686348850

[1] Gael Linn – national Irish language and culture organisation founded in 1953 www.gael-linn.ie

[1] Irish language instructor Lavinia Finnerty speaks of her goal for the use of Irish at The Celtic Junction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaXZkczXhOU

[1] Beat your drum performance https://youtu.be/wo76ygNGXOg

[1] The world’s first graded bodhran tutor book by Fergal O’Brien & René de Kat  www.bodhrangradetutor.com

[1] ‘Titanic Drums’-a musical extravaganza created by John Anderson & Mark Wilson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hsZS1wtiRE

 

 

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