'Music Generation' Céilí House from Dundalk

In recognition of the strong links between Music Generation Louth and Dundalk Institute of Technology, staff and students from Ceol Oirghialla took part in a recording of RTÉ's Céilí House, which will be broadcast on 12th May 2012. Recorded at the Oriel Centre, the regional centre for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the programme featured various musical personalities and groups from the region.

The DkIT performers, drawn from third year of the BA (Hons) Applied Music, featured Gillian Power on fiddle, Ciara Moley and John MacMahon on piano accordions, Áine Murphy on tin whistle, Sinead O'Malley on flute and Seán Conway on guitar. They performed a selection of two tunes, the first of which was a Norwegian folk tune that was learned from Erasmus students who studied at DkIT last semester.

As well as students from the Institute, one of DkIT's guitar tutors, John McIntyre, performed with his wife Zoe Conway and uilleann piper Éamonn Galldubh. DkIT graduate Brendan McCreanor also performed with his new group while DkIT lecturer and banjo player Dr Daithí Kearney performed with both Ceol Oirghialla and the local Comhaltas group.

The programme highlighted the developing links between various arts groups in the county, highlighting in this instance Irish traditional music. Head of Music at DkIT, Adele Commins noted the Institute's strong commitment to supporting Music Generation Louth as it develops and it is envisaged that the Section of Music at DkIT will provide training opportunities for music tutors on the programme.