Family Matters

Some members of the Vallely family

Following the continued success of TG4’s Ceol ón Chlann series, the fourth series will explore six more famous Irish musical families who have brought their music to audiences around the world. Produced by Táin Media, Ceol ón Chlann provides an insight into the musical journey that each family has taken and the influence of earlier generations on their musical heritage.

The six families featured in the latest series are:

  • The Smyth Family (including Seán, Breda and Cora),
  • The Dillons (including Cara and Mary),
  • Muintir Uí Cheannabháin (including Pól and Caitríona),
  • The Glackins (including Paddy, Kevin and Doireann),
  • The Vallelys (including Brian, Eithne, Niall, CIllian and Caoimhín) and
  • The Haydens (including Cathal and Stephen).

Each story is presented through rare archive material from BBC, ITV, TG4 and RTÉ, as well as previously unseen private family footage. Along with musical performances, each programme includes exclusive interviews with family members, contemporary musicians and well-known broadcasters offering unique perspectives on the families.

The series is narrated by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin and also features many of Ireland’s leading musicians and broadcasters including Matt Molloy, Máirtín O’Connor, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Lynette Fay, John Francis Flynn, Gino Lupari, Alan Kelly, Áine Hensey, Neil Martin, Brian Mullen, Daniel O’Donnell and many more.
The series Executive Producer and Director, Feilimí O’Connor, who, himself, comes from a well-known musical family said: “The documentary series offers a fresh insight into the heritage of these unique Irish families, their legacy and their continuing significance in modern Ireland’s musical tapestry.”
The first episode on Sunday, September 11 at 10.30pm features the Smyths – Seán, Cora and Breda from Straide, Co. Mayo. With a combined total of over 50 All-Ireland titles, the siblings also achieved medical degrees from UCG.
As well as founding the band, Lúnasa, founder Seán Smyth was responsible for his acclaimed debut solo album, The Blue Fiddle, in 1993. His sister, Breda, who was recently named as Ireland’s interim Chief Medical Officer, also released an acclaimed debut album, Basil and Thyme. She has also presented programmes for TG4 and RTÉ. Meanwhile, the third of the siblings, Cora is also a professional fiddle player whose credits include touring with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance show as well as featuring on Eimear Quinn’s Eurovision-winning song, The Voice.
Cora Smyth
Cara Dillon
Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin
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