Each day during the month of December ITMA is featuring a photograph of an Irish traditional performer on social media - as a child. Followers on facebook, twitter and Instagram can guess the identity of the TRAD CHERUB and be in with a chance to win a prize. One day after the mystery image is posted, we will reveal their identity by showing a performance from our Field Recording Collection here on YouTube. Enjoy this growing playlist of some of Ireland's leading musicians, singers, dancers and presenters. Or join the guessing fun on ITMA social media!
The videos presented here were recorded at a sean-nós (old-style) dancing competition held in the local community hall in Ráth Chairn, Co Meath, on New Year's Eve, 1996. The adjudicator was Máire Mhic Aogáin of Dublin, and the winner was Seosamh Ó Neachtain of An Spidéal, Conamara. The area of Ráth Chairn, with Baile Ghib, forms a gaeltacht or Irish-speaking district near the town of Navan, one with a strong traditional culture and with particular links to the Conamara gaeltacht. This Co Meath gaeltacht was created by the Irish government in the 1930s by the distribution of large landlord estates to migrant farmers from counties Galway, Mayo and Kerry.
The videos were recorded for ITMA by Seán Corcoran of Drogheda. As is the case with all ITMA field recordings, they eavesdrop on the proceedings and are careful not to interfere with their natural course. We think that the musicians belong to the Esker Riada Ceili Band, but have been unable to confirm this as yet.
NC, PH & TH
Buíochas do na damhsóirí as ucht cead a thabhairt na físeáin a fhoilsiú anseo, do Seán Corcoran, agus do Ann Ní Dhonnchadha, Comharchumann Ráth Chairn, as ucht a cabhrach/ With thanks to the dancers for permission to carry the recordings of their performances here, to Seán Corcoran, and to Ann Ní Dhonnchadha of Comharchumann Ráth Chairn for her help.