Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, of Altan, will try to ascertain why OUR songs are so
maudlin’ identifiable in a new six-part RTÉ One series called Guth na nGael: A Thematic Exploration of Irish Song.
Paddy Hayes writes:
“Mairéad explores in each episode what particular hang-ups do the Irish have, what are our pet obsessions, just why is it that all our wars are happy and all our songs are sad. While meeting and jamming with the cream of Irish musical talent, she explores Irish song under the following themes across the six-part series: 1. Home and the Homeland. 2. Rebel Songs and Defiance. 3. Unrequited Love. 4. Spirituality and the Gods. 5. Liquor and Lust. 6. Keening and the Blues.”
The series features contributions and performances from: Eddi Reader, Mary Black, John Spillane, Wallis Bird, Damien Dempsey, Ger Wolfe, Luka Bloom, Séamas O Beaglaíoch, Eleanor McEvoy, Jimmy Kelly, Gemma Hayes, Karan Casey, Róisín Elsafty, Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, Delorentos, Sinéad O’Connor, the Monks of Glenstall, Nóirin Ní Riain, Liam ó Maonlaí, Julie Feeney, Susan McKeown, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the Voice Squad and Declan O’Rourke.
No Kila? No watchee.
The series begins tomorrow night at 7.30pm.