To celebrate Lá Fhéile Bríde/St Brigid’s Day 2022, the Irish Traditional Music Archive, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, commissioned three traditional artists to compose new works
To celebrate Lá Fhéile Bríde/St Brigid’s Day 2022, the Irish Traditional Music Archive, in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, commissioned three traditional artists to compose new works inspired by lore relating to Brigid: Louise Mulcahy (uilleann piper and flute player); Síle Denvir (harper and sean-nós singer), and Caitlin Nic Gabhann (concertina player and dancer) (pictured above from left in photo by Dónal Glackin). The three pieces will be available to view free of charge on the ITMA website and on the Archive’s YouTube channel and social media pages.
The three commissioned artists spent time in ITMA’s library researching music, history and folklore relating to Brigid. They also visited places associated with the saint in Kildare. Once sufficient creative impetus was found, they set about composing their new works.
The three pieces are:
- Seo í isteach mo Bhrídeog – melody composed by Síle Denvir, words traditional
- St. Brigid’s Day/Lá ‘le Bride, slip jig and dance, composed and choreographed by Caitlín Nic Gabhann
- St Brigid’s Jig/Port Naomh Bríd, jig, composed by Louise Mulcahy
Each new composition will be accompanied by notes from the composer on her particular source of inspiration.
The ITMA also offers the opportunity for players to learn the new pieces by providing the notation and an interactive learning score for all three compositions. Caitlín Nic Gabhann will provide an instructional video on the steps for her new dance.
All Day (Tuesday)
Irish Traditional Music Archive
Merrion Square, Dublin 2