Sean-nós singing course with Eithne Ní Chatháin

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Sean-nós singing course with Eithne Ní Chatháin

People ask me where I got my songs, what I grew up listening to, who my influences were? Well, along with many contemporary singers & musicians, my well of song came from the sean-nós tradition.

I was fascintated with the singing of Seosamh O hÉanaigh (Joe Éinniú) from the age of 10 or 11, and remember fondly laying belly down on the floor at home listening to an old Gael Linn record of his and learning big songs like Eileanóir na Rún, Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire, Amhrán na Trá Báine. I never thought this unusual. Looking back I see there probably weren’t many 11 year old girls in Co. Kildare listening to the old songs from the old tradition. It was something I found very beautiful and simply imitated what I liked. I loved the power and the emotion of the singular voice. I also fell in love with Cór Chúíl Aodha in Miltown Malbay many years ago, they moved me deeply.

I was surrounded with music growing up, regularly exposed to great sessions in Co. Meath and Dublin and travelling around to music festivals all around the country in the summer time. Later, I got to know some good friends in Carna and Cill Chiaráin in Conemara and spent some time there and more recently spent some years living in An Daingean, Co. Kerry, picking up local songs of the regions.

Music has brought me all over this country and all over the world, first as a fiddler and sean-nós singer, and in recent years with my own indie-folk songwriting under the alias Inni-K. I also tour with the band Ré alongside Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cormac Begley, Maitiú Ó Casaide and Peter O Toole.

This is where I come from, this is my well of tradition. I go very far away from it sometimes, and enjoy the newness of that exploration, relish in my desire for self-expression, unhindered by tradition. But I am so grateful I have this home, this well to call on.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

I look forward to sharing some of these songs I know for many years with anyone who would like to come and dip in to this well themselves.

All are welcome to attend this series of workshops.

It is not necessary to have Irish though it would help. Most of the songs will be in Irish though we will cover a couple of traditional songs in english also. I will explain the meanings, give the pronunciations and go over the songs in a simple manner, in an oral teaching style.

You don’t need to bring anything in particular, maybe a pen and notebook and something to record onto (example: phone). An open mind, a willingness to listen, to have fun and to just give it a go will be great.

The cost of this series of 5 workshops is €100 per person.
It is necessary to commit to the whole series as each week will build on the previous week. Each workshop will last for 1 1/2 hours 6.30-8pm on Tuesday evenings and the dates are as follows:

6th Sept
13th Sept
20th Sept
27th Sept
4th Oct

Please email me at eithnenichathain@yahoo.com to book a place or if you have any questions.

Táim ag tnúth go mór le canadh leat.
I’m looking forward to singing with you!

Please share with anyone you think might enjoy this!

Go raibh míle maith agat,
Eithne