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When the translation is provided submissions to the blog will be published in both English and Irish. Please send submissions to the webmaster address shown at the very top of the blog. Please visit us often. This blog is the companion of the Ottawa Comhaltas website:

Beidh poist a fhoilsiú i mBéarla agus i nGaeilge nuair is féidir. Tabhair cuairt orainn go minic. Is é seo an blag an compánach an láithreán gréasáin Comhaltas Ottawa:

Friday 16 May 2014

40th Anniversary of Ennis Fleadh Nua

Ennis, Co. Clare, 18-26 May 2014

Fleadh Nua celebrates its Ruby Anniversary in the town of Ennis from 18th to 26th May, 2014. For further information please see our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. It would be mighty if you could join us at the Fleadh.

Inis, Co. Chláir, 18-26 Bealtaine 2014

Tá 40 bliain in Inis á cheiliúradh ag an bhFleadh Nua ó 18 go dtí 26 Bealtaine, 2014. Tá tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ar nó lean orainn ar Facebook nó Twitter. Bheadh sé togha dá mbeifeá linn ag an bhFleadh.

Rory Casey 
O.C.P. / P.R.O. Coiste Fleadh Nua

For those of you who do not know what a Fleadh Nua is, a Fleadh Nua is a "New Festival," a festival of Irish culture. According to Wikipedia, the Fleadh's purpose is to promote Irish traditional music and culture. Activities include music concerts, céilithe (dances), dance workshops and street entertainment. The Fleadh Nua is noted for its innovative approach to the presentation of Irish traditional music.

The Fleadh Nua is organized by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

Sunday 4 May 2014

Folk Music Revival

In Ireland and other countries, a folk music revival has been gong on since the beginning of the 20th century. Many musicians have sought to draw on the original sources of folklore traditions as a way of renewing their own art, but this “renewal” is not always geared to preserving traditional culture before its disappearance.

Here is an interesting documentary on how the revitalization of Irish folk music in the 1960’s came about: 

In central Europe, Endre Abkarovits (citation below) wrote a very interesting paper in which he compares both the Irish and Hungarian folk music revival; both countries have covered similar paths in pursuit of “preserving” their musical culture in the latter part of the 20th century.

A video of Hungarian folk dances, shows a musician on stage walking around with a set of elbow pipes, reminiscent of the Irish “píobaí uilleann” (see 05:10 mark).
In you want to explore a plethora of Irish songs in Gaeilge, lyrics in Irish (with English translation) and the audio, check: ‪ 

Abkarovits, Endre. 2006. Irish Folk Music Revival from a Central European Perspective. Romanian Journal of English Studies, Number 3/2006, pp. 7-16. (the article is in the first 10 pages of the issue).

Until next time / Go dtí an chéad uair eile!