Traditional Music and Song

september, 2022

fri30sep8:30 pmArdán: Ní Bhriain, McInerney, Curtin and O'CallaghanSéamus Ennis Arts Centre, The Naul, Co. Dublin8:30 pm

Event Details

The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre is committed to develop the newest generation of traditional artists. Curated and hosted by renowned uilleann piper and flute player, Louise Mulcahy, Ardán is as an exciting series of concert performances featuring emerging female traditional musicians. This concert features Ciara Ni Bhriain, Therese McInerney, Marian Curtin and Aileen O’Callaghan.

Ciara Ní Bhriain
A member of the illustrious O’Brien traditional music dynasty, Ciara, like her older sister, Aoife, is an award-winning fiddler. Like her sister, she also plays with her father, Mick – one of Ireland’s leading uilleann pipers. Ciara began learning the fiddle at the age of three and the harp at the age of seven. She went on to study classical violin, viola and harp in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. A founding member of Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra, Ciara recorded with Grammy award-winning producer, Judith Sherman, for Flynn’s composition, Stories from the Old World. With a number of All-Ireland fiddle titles to her name, Ciara has a burgeoning reputation in music and has toured nationally and internationally:

Therese McInerney
Therese is a fiddle player and singer from Miltown Malbay. Recorded with Marian Curtin, The Youth That Belonged To Miltown is Therese’s second studio album after her debut solo album Down the Strand in 2017. Therese holds a First Class Honours MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. She also holds a BCL Law Degree from UCC and is currently studying for a Higher Diploma in Gaeilge. As well as performing and teaching music and song, she presents The West Wind on Clare FM and The Galtee Sessions on Tipp FM. She has also worked on the production teams of several television programmes such as Gradam Ceoil TG4, Oíche Chultúir sa Ghaeltacht TG4, Slí na mBeaglaíoch and most recently the Fleadh programme for RTÉ.  

Marian Curtin
Marian is a flute and whistle player from Miltown Malbay. Earlier this year Marian recorded her first studio album. The Youth That Belonged To Miltown, with Therese McInerney. She began playing the tin-whistle at the age of seven, attending music classes with Bríd O’Donoghue for many years. Growing up, she attended many workshops, including Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, where she experienced many different styles of music. Marian has shared many stages with fellow musicians and has achieved great success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann on numerous occasions – winning All Ireland titles in solo whistle and flute, trios and Grúpaí Cheoil. A primary school teacher, Marian also teaches flute and whistle in both Clare and Laois.

Aileen O’Callaghan
A pianist from Mallow in North Cork, Aileen O’Callaghan took up music at a very early age and went on to study the subject at University College Cork before completing her training in education in 2014. She has had huge success with céilí bands, having played the fiddle with the 2012 All-Ireland champions, The Awbeg Céilí Band, and piano with three-in a row champions, The Shandrum Ceili Band, who have gone on to make two recordings The Dawn and The Boss Murphy Musical Legacy. She has been teaching piano and concertina for the past fourteen years. She currently teaches Maths and Music at St. Aloysius Secondary School, Cork, and most recently provided piano accompaniment on the album, The Youth That Belonged to Miltown, with Marian Curtin and Therese McInerney. 

The Youth That Belonged To Miltown
Therese and Marian grew up in Miltown Malbay in West Clare in the 1990s. Both the rich history and lively traditional music scene in the town had a huge impact on their musical lives. Both Therese and Marian attended tin whistle classes locally from a young age before moving onto their respective instruments. As teenagers, Marian and Therese regularly attended the Blondes (Cleary’s Pub) in Miltown Malbay and were immersed in a rich West Clare tradition of music and song. At the regular Thursday night session they were encouraged by local musicians such as Michael Mahony, Pete Haugh, Michael Falsey, Pat Curtin, Tony O’Loughlin, Frankie McNamara and many more. As the title of the album suggests, both Therese and Marian have moved away from Miltown Malbay in recent times. Therese now lives in Ennis, while Marian has moved to Laois. Yet their playing styles remain predominantly influenced by their roots.

Doors open from 8pm.

Admission at the door: €13 per person.



(Friday) 8:30 pm


Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

The Naul, Co. Dublin

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