Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Workshops with Maighread and Dáithí, November 3-4

3:00 to 4:30, $20 at the door, see details below

The Traditional Singers Club is committed to promoting traditional singing styles that, for the most part, evolved without instrumental accompaniment and without concert halls! The following two workshops with singer Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and singer/guitarist Dáithí Sproule explore the lessons, stories and philosophy behind two leading practitioners of Irish traditional song who have unique first hand experience with working out accompaniments for songs and with bringing the magic of Irish traditional singing into a concert setting.

Maighread Ní Domhnaill Workshop:

Songs and Conversation with Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill

3:00 to 4:30, Saturday Nov 3, $20 at the door

Singer Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill is a member of the Ó Domhnaill family who have played a vital role in traditional Irish music since the 60s through their work with influential groups such as Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, Relativity (with the Cunningham brothers), Donal Lunny's Cooflin, and currently T with the Maggies (with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan, Máire Brennan of Clannad, and Maighread's sister,Tríona). Maighread was raised with Irish language and song. Her father Hiúdaí was from a famous family of storytellers, poets and singers in western Donegal and her aunt, Neilí, was one of the most important source singers in the tradition, like Elizabeth Cronin, a carrier of great songs and ballads in both languages. Maighread sings with passion and spirit in a style draw from the old singers but totally her own. More so than the rest of the family, she has shown a commitment to unaccompanied singing as well as accompanied. In this workshop Dáithí will explore Maighread's background, thoughts and experience on the tradition, song interpretation, and the great singers she has known.

Dáithí Sproule Workshop:

Performing Irish Traditional Music

3:00 to 4:30, Sunday Nov 4, $20 at the door

"My focus for this workshop will be sharing practical advice and my own perspective on performing Irish music and song successfully, whether that is in a concert hall, at a session, or playing to the wall in the quiet of a room -- based on my long experience of doing all those and on my observations of great performers we have seen.This will obviously be subjective to some extent but I will try to bring out what I think matters and what I think does not matter. Topics I'd like to touch on will include choice of repertoire, developing a solid performance, approaches to session playing, dos and don't when performing for an audience, having your own style, and developing a confident center in your music. I hope that people coming to the workshop will have questions and issues of their own for us to discuss and look at."