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Subject: Clare Festival of Singing dedicated to the late Tom Munnelly
From: Paul Keating / New Jersey <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Irish Traditional Music List <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 4 Nov 2008 14:09:08 -0500

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I just got this information from Roisin White today and wanted to share it with the list in case anyone will be near by or can alert people that it is on this coming weekend.  I am sure the singers will want to take note and maybe plan in advance for next year. 

Paul Keating

PRESS RELEASE                                                                 03 November 2008







Feile Amhranaiochta an Chlair Showcases the Life and Work of Tom Munnelly


A singing workshop specifically aimed at encouraging young people to become involved in traditional singing is one of the highlights of the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing, which is to be relaunched after a six-year break on Friday the 7th November.  


Under the stewardship of the internationally renowned folklorist and song collector, Tom Munnelly, the Festival originally ran in Ennistymon for 13 years and for a further two years in the Belbridge Hotel in Spanish Point.  Shortly after Tom passed away in August 2007, friends and family started work on relaunching the festival, in what they feel is a fitting tribute to his life and work.  


“Roisin White, the chairperson of the festival, is always trying to figure out new ways of getting people involved in singing, and knowing that Tom always tried to encourage young singers, she came up with the idea for the singing workshop.  Getting young people involved in traditional singing is a very difficult task, as our culture has changed so much in the past 50 years, but Tom always took enormous pleasure in inviting young singers down to Ennistymon to take part in the weekend.  He understood that younger people can be intimidated by the close-knit community of ‘established’ singers, particularly if they didn’t know anyone involved in the world of traditional singing.    The Singing Workshop for Young People is our way of recognising Tom’s work in that area, and of continuing his work of encouraging young singers.”

Annette Munnelly, Secretary, Feile Amhranaiochta an Chlair


Other highlights of the weekend, which runs from the 7th to the 9th November in the Bellbridge Hotel, Spanish Point, include; 

opening lecture by Dr. Rionach Ui Ogain of the Department of Folklore in UCD, entitled ‘The Call of Clare: The Life and Work of Tom Munnelly.’ 
A lecture by Jim Carroll and Pat Mackenzie at 12 noon on Saturday focuses on Travellers and Traditional Singing 
A symposium at 4pm poses the question ‘Collecting Songs in the New Millennium: is there a need?’  and a 
Grand Concert of Traditional Singing on Saturday night boasts a line-up of the cream of traditional singers.

Informal singing sessions will also run throughout the weekend.  For further information, contact Roisin White, 065-7084996 or Annette Munnelly, 065-7084365

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