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maandag28 september Pure Irish Drops '15: Ierse vrouwen - 20u - 10 euro
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Elk jaar strijkt de caravaan van Pure Irish Drops op het Europese vasteland neer. Een boeiend thematische toernee (vorig jaar de 25ste keer). Ook 't Smiske mag reeds een aantal jaren een vaste waarde zijn voor de organisatoren.

Deze keer Ierse vrouwelijke muzikanten, de volgende generatie!

Wees erbij!

Telkens opnieuw verbaast het me hoe Ierse vrouwen de muziek van hun thuisland anders begrijpen en interpreteren dan hun mannelijke collega's. Heel moeilijk om te beschrijven, maar mits een heel scherpe concentratie, is het zelfs voor iedereen hoorbaar en duidelijk. Een hele geschiedenis van de dagdagelijkse rol van vrouwen in de Ierse samenleving resoneert in dat anders uitdrukken.

Dit jaar toeren drie nogal jonge vrouwen van het westen van het groene eiland, Clare en Kerry, naar top van de traditionele Ierse muziek.  

En nu houden we het in het engels, onze excuses.

Alisha McMahon – harp &

fiddle

Being from Co. Clare she found herself surrounded by traditional Irish music from a very young age. As her mother, Paula O’Regan, is also a fiddle player and music teacher there was always music in her home. She started the fiddle at the age of nine, which her mother taught her. Around the same time she also decided she would like to start the harp. Growing up her harp teacher was Fionnuala Rooney from Co. Monaghan.

She attended the University of Limerick and studied a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Music and Dance. During her four years on the course, she got the opportunity to be under the instruction of harp players, like Michelle Mulcahy from Co. Limerick, Elaine Hogan from Co. Clare and Lisa Canny from Co. Mayo. All these players have influenced her playing in diverse ways.

She has had the privilege of performing in many countries such as Austria, Norway, America, France and Dubai. She also has a performance Diploma with London College of Music.
Her heroes are primarily the great musicians she has had the pleasure to be taught by. Along with these musicians, she also admires artists such as Michael Rooney, Kevin Crawford, John Carty and Derek Hickey.

Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich – accordion & vocals

Méabh Begley, daughter of West Kerry legend Séamus Begley, commands an audience with her beautiful angelic voice tackling themes of love, emigration and loss in both English and Irish language. Despite her youth, she is fast becoming one of the most respected singers in Ireland, recently performing in the United States during December 2013 and 2014 and with Téada in Japan / Taiwan during 2014.

Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich – fiddle, viola & séan nós dancing

Clíodhna is the youngest member of her family, plays the fiddle, the viola and also sean nós dances (an older style of traditional solo Irish dancing). She was firstly influenced by her family but later began listening to the likes of Denis Murphy, Paddy Cronin, Connie O'Connell, Tommy Peoples', Paddy Canny and Julia Clifford who have had a significant influence on her. She learnt sean-nós dancing when she was 8 years old with her mother at the well known Willie Clancy Summer School from Mick Mulkerins and Mairead Casey. She is fond of dancers such as the Devaney, Roisín Ní Mhainín, the Hernons and Nic Gareiss.