The Concerts

As part of the overall Craiceann experience, concerts are staged on two evenings (normally Tuesday and Wednesday) in the theatre of the community centre (the Áras). 

The usual arrangement for the two Craiceann evening concerts is to have one famous and well  established band and another that is less well known but with huge potential.

This has given the Craiceann students exposure to both the current standard setters and also the future possibilities  of Traditional Irish Music.

This year we have decided to break the established pattern because we have identified two particularly talented young bands that we feel will showcase all that is vibrant and exciting in our music.   Our 2019 students will therefore have the opportunity to enjoy these wonderful young musicians at the start of their professional careers and to follow them as they  grow into the superstars of the future.      

Attendance at these is optional, and the cost, which is not included in the normal course fee, is usually around 20 Euros per concert.
The bands for this year are:

The Conifers

The Conifers is made up of five young musicians, all of whom are rooted in a strong musical background. While their music is energetic, lively and has a wholesome sound, the band members strive to remain true to a traditional repertoire rooted in the regions of Clare, Sliabh Luachra and Donegal. This is also shown through their repertoire of Songs both in English and Irish. The Conifers met while studying traditional music at the University of Limerick and have since developed a lasting friendship, which is evident in their music. The Conifers won the Michigan Irish Music Initiative 2018 competition which gave them the opportunity to travel to Michigan Irish Music Festival and perform at the festival. They also have a new CD which will be released in January 2019.

 

TRODA

This new exciting trio formed by chance at the NYAH festival, Cavan in 2018. The band immediately bonded and it wasn’t before long TRODA was born.
In a short space of time the band has excelled, playing as guests with the likes of Sharon Shannon. The band’s initial debut was met with a standing ovation which in turn prompted the release of their eponymous CD, ‘TRODA’. (2019)

The 3 musicians who make up the band, Kevin Meehan, Jack Warnock, Eamonn Nugent, hail from Derry, Dublin and Glasgow respectively.This exciting trio mix, the best of both the Irish and Scottish Music scenes, encompassing traditional and newly composed tunes, along with contemporary arrangements of traditional songs in both English and Irish.

Recording in Limerick with renowned musician and studio engineer, Cillian King of ‘Atlas’ fame, TRODA have created something that sounds organic and natural with an edge.