|Haley Richardson, 10 years old, silver medal winner|
What is a fleadh? Never been? I’ve visited the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh in Parsippany, but after browsing the Fleadh Cheoil Site this year I know I’ve got to go next year. It’s not just a music competition; it’s also a site for concerts, sessions, and general craic.
From their site:
At the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann inaugural meeting in September 1951 it was decided to create a national festival named Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Festival of Music in Ireland).
County, provincial and worldwide Fleadhanna are important events in the traditional Irish music calendar and annual Comhaltas events include Fleadh Nua, Fleadh na Breataine (an All-Britain Fleadh Cheoil), regional Fleadhanna in Britain, Japan and the USA.
|Eimear Arkins at the Blackthorne, dawn|
EIMEAR ARKINS, 2nd place, Songs in Irish, 2nd place, Songs in English, 3rd place, Lilting (All Over 18)/Saint Louis Irish Arts, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
is it clear yet that this gal can sing?
|The Pearl River Céilí Band|
PEARL RIVER CÉILÍ BAND1st Place U-12 Céilí Band / Pearl River Music School
Rose Conway Flanagan, Patty Furlong and Margie Mulvihill are teachers! In my next life I want to study with them!
BRIAN GALLERY 1st Place U-12 Whistle Slow Airs / Acosta School
|Sarah Buteux with teacher Rose Conway Flanagan|
SARAH BUTEUX 1st Place U-18 Fiddle / Rose Flanagan – Pearl River Music School
MARTIN O’CONNELL 1st Place Senior Button Accordion / Martin represented Laois at the Fleadh (originally from Co. Kerry) but resides part of the time in NYC
yes he does, and we saw him with Mick Moloney a few months back. I made chocolate chip cookies, for some reason, and he liked them. Now, I suppose I must make him more! He deserves it!
HALEY RICHARDSON 2nd Place U-12 Fiddle (RECALLED) / Brian Conway
Ok, this gal is just amazing. Amazing. Watch this:
DYLAN FOLEY 2nd Place Senior Fiddle (RECALLED)
We’re sooooo impressed with Dylan! Read our InteReview with him here!
(Dylan with Catilin Nic Gabhann and Kavan Donohoe at the Fleadh 2011, broadcast on RTÉ 2012)
DANIEL BURKE 3rd Place U-15 Piano / Acosta School
FINBAR KANTOR 3rd Place U-18 Fiddle Slow Airs / Brian Conway
MOLLY O’RIORDAN 3rd Place U-18 Singing / Deirdre Connolly – Woodlawn House