First radio series for new An Spidéal production company

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Liam Ó Maonlai, Ronan Ó Snodaigh agus Myles Ó Reilly

A new ten-part radio series presented by Liam Ó Maonlaí will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta every Thursday.

Cuan an Cheoil, which begins on 20 January at 7pm on RnaG, is the first radio series produced by An Spidéal arts venue and production company Stiúideo Cuan.

The series will feature ten of the country’s best-known musicians, who will join Liam Ó Maonlaí each week to play and to chat with him about various aspects of music and life. 

Liam describes the programmes as ‘a musical conversation’ between himself and his guests.

They were recorded in Stiúideo Cuan in An Spidéal in a relaxed and open atmosphere, an attempt to recreate the informality of a group of musicians playing together at home, as opposed to a concert setting.

The series’ goal is to allow the musicians the space to be creative, to improvise and to compose on the spot, and the musicians who took part in the series got great satisfaction and enjoyment out of the process.

Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr will join Liam for the first programme of the series on 20 January.

Síle, from Conamara, is a member of the group Líadan, and has also performed with the Chieftains. Barry Kerr, a musician, composer and painter, is originally from Armagh but is now living in Conamara.

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Barry Kerr, Liam Ó Maonlaí & Síle Denvir

Other musicians taking part in the series include Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Nia Byrne, Peadar Ó Riada & Mick O’Brien, Mary Bergin & Conor Connolly, Johnny Óg Connolly & Liam O’Connor, Róisín Chambers & Maitiú Ó Casaide, Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich & Niamh Varian-Barry, Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly, and Caoimhe & Séamus Ó Flatharta.

A visual stream for this programme will also be available online every week.

Stiúideo Cuan is a new creative arts and music centre based beside Ceardlann an Spidéil craft village in An Spidéal.

Founded by composer, fiddle-player and pianist Charlie Lennon and his daughter, fiddle-player Éilís Lennon, the studio has recently been redeveloped, enhancing the facilities which now include a performance venue, with rehearsal and production space, as well as recording and audio-visual post-production facilities.