‘Ceol na mBan’ celebration

Tyrone singer and cellist Alana Henderson. (0703MM10)
Tyrone singer and cellist Alana Henderson. (0703MM10)

The role of women in Irish traditional music will be celebrated at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin tomorrow night to mark International Women’s Day.

The ‘Ceol na mBan’ concert will bring together an eclectic line-up of contemporary female musicians.

It will feature performances from fiddle and harp virtuosos Emma Sweeney and Laoise Kelly and Tyrone singer and cellist Alana Henderson and Síoda.

As well as the concert, there will be a lunchtime discussion on women’s influence on traditional music hosted by BBC presenter Lynette Fay.

Emma Sweeney has performed alongside some many of the leading names on the international folk circuit, including Mike McGoldrick, Cara Dillon and Donal Lonny. For her performance in An Chultúrlann she will be joined onstage by Beoga’s bodhrán maestro Eamon Murray and Lunása guitarist Paul Meehan.

Harpist Laoise Kelly has won several All Ireland Fleadh titles and has recorded with several household names of traditional music including the legendary Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, and pop icon Kate Bush.

Tyrone singer and cellist Alana Henderson is regarded by many as one of the brightest young talents of traditional music. She blends the musical stylings of Tori Amos and Joanna Newson into her own unique style of Ulster folk.

Síoda, a group of four girls from Tyrone and Armagh, were one of the standout acts from Fleadh Live in Derry last August and mix song and dance in their energetic live shows.

The concert begins at 8pm and tickets are £8.