Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann was supposed to take place in Mullingar this month but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, TG4 have stepped into the breach to provide the next best thing – and they do so with the help of some of Mayo and Connacht’s top trad musicians.
Fleadh2020, which is to air later this week, is a gathering (socially distanced and virtual) of Irish traditional musicians from around the world who, under normal circumstances, would be coming together to celebrate the Fleadh.
The broadcaster is producing a special four-night series that will capture the essence of this annual event – the music, song and dance and the stories – and present a unique insight into the fleadh community, across Ireland and around the world. From Brisbane to Buncrana the young and the old, the learners and the legends come together to bring you a fleadh like never before.
Each night there’s a focus on the different provinces with musicians representing each one. Beginning this Thursday at 9.30pm, attention will turn to Connacht on Friday night with the Bofield Comhaltas group from near Ballina and Westport’s Matt Molloy among those who will feature.
Others joining them from the province include the Kane sisters, Liz and Yvonne, along with dancer Nathan Pilatzke; brother and sister Seamus O Flatharta and Caoimhe Ní Fhlatharta from Carna; Fergal Scahill from Corofin and Ryan Molloy with young fiddle player, Sarah McHale, from Athenry; young musicians from Sligo who perform with harper-composer, Michael Rooney, the O’Fatharta family from Moycullen, the Moylurg Céilí Band from Co. Roscommon, and the legendary John Carty from Boyle.