Marcas set for honours, big nights at Fleadh

Derry-based flute-player Marcas O'Murchu is about to become Ard-Ollamh or traditional music laureate, and will be in action on stage during the All-Ireland fleadh cheoil.

Derry-based flute-player Marcas O'Murchu is about to become Ard-Ollamh or traditional music laureate, and will be in action on stage during the All-Ireland fleadh cheoil.

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St Columb’s teacher Marcas Ó Murchú will receive the prestigious Ard-Ollamh award as Comhaltas Music Laureate of Fleadh Cheoil 2013 at a gala dinner in the Everglades Hotel on Thursday 15 August.

Marcas has been chosen for his prowess in teaching, his cultural preservation through recording and interviewing musicians over 30 years and his dedication to the Irish language and heritage of Ireland through numerous TV and radio broadcasts.

Details can be found at http://www.fleadhcheoil.ie/ard-ollamh.

There will be a special concert featuring the new Ard-Ollamh in the Methodist Hall, Carlisle Road, Derry, on Friday 16 August at 8pm.

Marcas will perform with All Ireland champion fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada from Sligo. Special guest is Margaret Stewart from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, Scottish Traditional Singer of the Year 2008. Accompanists are Ciaran Kelly, guitar and accordian (Fermanagh), Pat Mc Garry bodhrán (Roscommon) and Ryan O Donnellon bouzouki (Tyrone).

Amorican Feet from Britanny and local dancers Joe and Mary Mag Uiginn and others will join this cultural celebration not to be missed.

Donation to hall only £5.http://www.fleadhcheoil.ie/fiddle-flute-amorican-street

In the meantime the traditional music sessions in Derry seem to be increasing insize and popularity. The daddy of them all remains the Sunday afternoon session in Sandinos, which often stretches well into the evening. That’s been going for years now - it seems Tommy Peoples actually started it - and there are lots of musicians and a welcoming atmosphere.

The Clarendon Bar is also building up nicely on a Wednesday night, starting sometime around ten. Then on a Thursday night there’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets, the session led by Sean O’Kane and Paddy McCafferty in the Derby Bar.

All this and Waterloo Street nightly too!