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New album imminent from Navá

Above: Navá (from left) Shayan Coohe, Niall Hughes, Shahab Coohe and Paddy Kiernan

The Irish-Persian quartet, Navá, whose music draws on two venerable musical traditions, have availed of the pandemic-induced dearth of live engagements to work on their third album, Toranj, which is due for release in the coming weeks.

Following the critical acclaim that greeted their debut album, Tapestry, in 2017 and their subsequent release, Sojourns, in 2019, as well as their nomination in the Best Folk Group category at the 2020 RTE Radio Folk Awards, the new album is eagerly awaited.

 

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Arts Council Bursary for Traditional Arts

The closing date for applications for the Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Bursary is Thursday, February 3. The award – which is worth up to €20,000 – is designed to support professional artists to develop their art practice. It provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art.

The award is intended to enable practising artists to do one or more of the following:

  • Spend focused time working at their practice
  • Spend time researching/thinking about/developing a new idea for future dissemination
  • Spend time developing their technical skills in a particular area
  • Spend time developing/learning new skills related to their practice or area of interest
  • Spend time working with a mentor, or collaborator(s) to develop an idea, or to assist in developing or upskilling within a particular area of their practice, or an area related to their practice
  • Spend time developing an idea in collaboration with a potential production partner(s)
  • Undertake a short period of training by way of master classes or other professional training opportunities (whether national or international)
  • Purchase a limited amount of equipment and materials to assist with the development of their practice (Note: this can be no more than 15% of the value of the overall request for support)
  • Spend time undertaking a combination of the above activities.

The award emphasises the value and benefit to an artist’s development derived from an extended process of engagement with their practice. The award, therefore, provides artists with the time and resources to think, research, reflect and engage with their art practice. Potential proposals could be those that support the applicant to:

  • Compose a piece of work in the tradition or in collaboration with musicians in other genres
  • Choreograph a piece of dance within the tradition or in collaboration with dance artists in other genres
  • Explore traditional style and repertoire in the fields of music, song, dance or storytelling, including informal mentorship programmes with established individuals or masters in these areas
  • Develop a body of work from the tradition and/or in collaboration with other artforms.
  • All awards are informed by the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (201625), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland.

The award is open to professional artists working in all genres and at all stages in their professional careers. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be resident in the Republic of Ireland. There are certain exceptions where the Arts Council may deem eligible applications made by those based outside the Republic of Ireland. However, before admitting as eligible any such application, the applicant would need to explicitly outline within the application how the outcomes of any such proposal would benefit the arts in the Republic of Ireland, and the Arts Council must be satisfied with same.
  • Be professional practising artists. Although they might not earn income continuously or exclusively from their arts practice, applicants must identify themselves, and be recognised by their peers, as professional practising artists.

https://www.artscouncil.ie/uploadedFiles/Main_Site/Content/Funds/2022%20Traditional%20Arts%20Bursary%20Guidelines%20Rd1.pdf

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Howth Burns Nicht goes online again

Howth Singing Circle has again moved its annual Burns Nicht celebration online this year in light of the continuing public health crisis caused by Covid-19. As was the case last year, the Howth Singing Circle are co-ordinating their efforts with two renowned Edinburgh institutions – the Edinburgh Folk Club and The World’s Room singers’ club..

The event on Saturday January 22 will be run over Zoom from 8pm featuring a combination of live and pre-recorded performances. The concert will also be simultaneously streamed on the HSC’s Facebook page.

 

Among the performers already lined up for the event are: (from Ireland) Méabh Meir (pictured above), Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Francy Devine, John Kelly, Larry Egan and Mick Mullen; (from Scotland) Steve Byrne, George Duff, David Francis, Margaret Bennett and Billy Jolly, (and from both): An Corráiste (The Luck Penny: featuring Jaff Mac Seafraidh and Jackie Jeffries).

The concert will be followed on Sunday afternoon (January 23) by an open singing session from 3pm-6pm on Zoom – which is expected to feature contributions from Ireland and Scotland as well as three songs each from Niamh Parsons and Scott Gardiner.

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Applications for €15,000 Liam O’Flynn Award close on January 20

Applications for the lucrative Liam O’Flynn Award will close on January 20. The purpose of the Liam O’Flynn Award is to provide a traditional artist with a period of artistic reflection, inspiration and creation in residence in the National Concert Hall and to enhance appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the traditional arts across the rich milieu of the National Concert Hall.

In memory of the piper Liam O’Flynn, the award is a joint initiative of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the National Concert Hall/An Ceoláras Náisiúnta as part of their partnership for the promotion, appreciation and enjoyment of traditional arts, which also includes the Tradition Now festival of traditional music. It celebrates the role of the individual creative traditional artist in the creation of new works, the inception of unique artistic collaborations and innovations, and in the transmission of traditional arts for future generations to enjoy and practice.

The objectives of the award are:

  • To provide an artistically supportive, stimulating and challenging environment for the selected traditional artist
  • To provide physical work space for their individual reflective and creative artistic work.
  • To support artistic collaboration.
  • To enable a working relationship with the National Concert Hall’s Learning and Participation team.
  • To engage audiences with the traditional arts.

The Liam O’Flynn Award comprises;

  • €10,000 towards fees and living expenses during the period, enabling the artist to spend time focusing on practice-based research and creative work in the National Concert Hall.
  • €5,000 for fees and other expenses relating to collaboration with other artists and the presentation of work.
  • Work space in the National Concert Hall.
  • Professional support and career advice.
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The Liam O’Flynn Award is open to application from traditional artists working in any of the following genres; instrumental music; singing; dance; oral arts such as storytelling, agallamh beirte or lúibíní.

The Liam O’Flynn Award scheme welcomes applications from senior artists, established artists in mid-career, and young and emerging artists.

Previous recipients of the award include Úna Monaghan, Barry Kerr and Jack Talty.

One award will be made in 2022.

More information (including details of the application process) is available from the Arts Council at https://www.artscouncil.ie/uploadedFiles/Main_Site/Content/Funds/2022%20Guidelines_LiamOFlynnAward(1).pdf

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NPU issues new Tommy Reck album

Na Píobairí Uilleann has released Tommy Reck – The Master Pipers Volume 4, a double album featuring a range of performances from Tommy Reck at the height of his powers, from 1949 to c.1965.

The first CD in the set draws on a variety of sources while the second CD features new transfers of the “Walkinstown Tape” made in 1960 by Peter O’Loughlin and Seán Reid.

The double album is accompanied by an 80-page booklet which includes contributions from Gerry Starr, Emmett Gill, Ronan Browne , Tommy Keane, Mick O’Brien, Bill Haneman and Mick O’Connor.

The album may be ordered from NPU at https://pipers.ie/store/products/the-master-pipers-vol-4-tommy-reck/

or downloaded from Bandcamp at https://tommyreck.bandcamp.com/
(download includes access to a PDF of the booklet).

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Joanie Madden honoured at Irish Arts Center

Cherish the Ladies leader, Joanie Madden, was honoured at a special event at the new Irish Arts Center in New York with the Spirit of Ireland Award for 2021 – presented by Gabriel Byrne.

After the presentation she was joined by her bandmates to play a set.

This new honour follows the award of the National Heritage Fellowship for 2021 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Joanie Madden (centre) with her Cherish The Ladies bandmates, Nollaig Casey, Mirella Murray, Mary Coogan and Cathie Ryan – flanked by Bruce Foley and Gabriel Donohue (Photo: Nuala Purcell),