From the Elizabethan era until independence, the use of the Irish language was seen as a threat to English rule in Ireland and was banned during Penal times. The effect this had on Irish musicians and their compositions will be discussed by Nicholas Carolan, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. Best known as presenter of the long-running archival television series Come West along the Road and Siar an Bóthar on the Irish national broadcasters RTE and TG4, Carolan has also published extensively on the subject of Irish music.
One of Ireland's foremost traditional singers, Barry Gleeson, will illustrate this talk by performing a number of “Irish Songs of Rebellion”. Gleeson has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs and has performed at Ireland’s National Concert Hall, the Mansion House, Belfast City Hall as well as at festivals in Ireland, England, Scotland and America.
Festival d’Ile de France (6 Sept – 12 Oct 14)
This event is part of the Festival d’Ile de France (6 Sept – 12 Oct 14) whose theme this year is “Taboos – Music and Prohibition”. François Lazarevitch, director of Les Musiciens de Saint Julien will outline the big “Veillée Irlandaise” in which this baroque ensemble is participating on 20 September at La Ferme d’Avrainville (91). For full details of the festival: www.festival-idf.fr