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Idir Muir agus Sliabh: Traditional Irish Songs

By Cló Iar-Chonnacht, Diane Ní Chanainn

Tagairt: CICD207  

Tógadh Diane Ní Chanainn i dteaghlach a raibh an ceol lárnach ann riamh. Bhí ceol ar an teallach agus ag a muintir ar fad ar a ndá thaobh. Chuir sí suim i ngach cineál ceoil idir cheol uirlíse agus amhránaíocht. D'fhoghlaim sí an fhideal ó Phroinsias Ó Maonaigh agus bíonn sí ag gabháil di i gcónaí. Is ceoltóir breá í a níon Kelly fosta agus tá suim aicise sa tseancheol Gaeilge chomh maith lena máthair. Thug Diane léi príomdhuais an Oireachtais i gcomórtas sinearach na mban don amhránaíocht ar an sean-nós sa bhliain 2015. 

Le blianta anuas, tá sí ag déanamh staidéir ar na hamhráin as a ceantar féin agus tá suim mhór aici iontu. Tá amhráin áirithe ann a cheoltar go minic agus go mbíonn siad ar bharr an liosta i gcónaí ag ceoltóirí an cheantair. Tá amhráin eile ann, mar sin féin, agus is annamh a chluintear iad. Amhráin áitiúla iad go minic nó leaganacha áitiúla d'amhráin atá coitianta ar fud na tíre ach nach mbíon nleagan Thír Chonaill le cluinstin ach go hannamh. 

As Mín Lárach máthair Diane, ceann de na croícheantair is láidre Gaeltachta sa tír faoi láthair, agus as na cnoic, Mín na Craoibhe, a hathair John, a bhfuil cáil air de bharr a rannpháitíocht sa ghrúpa na Clubmen. An leagan den 'Draighneán Donn' a thuill an duais di sa nOireachtas, baineann sé le Toraigh ach níl an ceol sin ar eolas ag mórán daoine cé gur álainn an fonn é. 

Tá borradh mór faoi chúrsaí ceoil agus amhránaíochta sa Ghaeltacht le tamall agus cuidíonn a leithéid le suim an phobail a spreagadh ina dteanga agus ina gcultúr. Méadaíonn a ndílseacht don teanga nuair a fheiceann siad a nduine féin ar ardán. 

Chomh maith le bheith ina healaíontóir, is bainisteoir í Diane i ngnoithe a muintire, Teach Tábhairne Ghaoth Dobhair ar an Fhál Charrach. Is geall le hionad pobail é an teach seo anois agus lárionad d'imeachtaí agus d'ócáidí Gaeilge sa cheantar. Bíonn oícheanta seanchais agus amhránaíochta ann go minic agus cuirtear na seancheirdeanna ar taispeáint idir amanna. Cuidíonn a leithéid le mothú a chur sa teanga agus le lucht labhartha na Gaeilge a tharraingt le chéile. Bíonn an ceol agus na hamhráin lárnach sna hócáidí seo i gcónaí. Sa tionscnamh ceoil tugtar tús áite d'amhránaíocht na Gaeilge agus d'amhrán áitiúla go háirid. Céim bheag atá inti ach céim thábhachtach leis na healaíona Gaeilge a spreagadh i gceantar atá buailte ag dífhostaíocht, ag míbhuntáiste agus ag an imirce le blianta fada. Go maire Diane a saothar agus gura buan ceolmhar i gcónaí í. 

- le Lillis Ó Laoire 

Liosta traiceanna: 

1. Malaidh Chró Luí 

2. Cnoc na Naomh

3. Úna Bheag na hÁite & Na Seomróga Feoite

4. Lough Erne's Shore

5. A Mháithrín Dhílis 

6. Bainín Mhín an Leá

7. Níl sé 'na lá

8. Broom o' the Cowdenknowes 

9. An Draighneán Donn

10. Geaftaí Bhaile Buí

11. Mountains of Pomeroy 

12. Toraigh Álainn 

 

Praghas: €15.00

Léirmheas

Léirmheas 'The Living Tradition', John Waltham

A most interesting and enjoyable CD, which grew on me surprisingly quickly, and for reasons that seemed unlikely. Nine songs as Gaeilge are joined by three in English; all are traditional, and yet all are sung (and accompanied) in a very contemporary style. This could easily be somewhat off-putting if insensitively or ham-fistedly done, but in all cases it's carried off with style, confidence and ability.

Diane's singing has led her to accolades at an tOireachtas, and her familiarity with her North West Donegal tradition is the result of long-time family immersion in the music, plus a good deal of research into the subject - including the songs of Tory Island, that intriguing cultural outpost off the north coast. There echoes of other singers who've drunk from the same well; the Ní Dhomhnaill sisters, Éamonn Mac Ruairí, even (stylistically) Connie Mhary Mhicí Ó Gallachóir. But there's something else about her voice - a suggestion of Dolores Keane. In any company, those names represent quality, and Diane has a quality that's uniquely her own.

This is accentuated by the accompaniments, produced and in many cases performed by Manus Lunny, augmented by the pipes and flute of Michael McGoldrick, among others. On one track, she's joined on vocals by another of the area's great singers (and song scholars) Lillis Ó Laoire.=; it's an interesting Tory version of 'An Draighneán Donn', sung as a male/female conversation, and together with the English language 'Lough Erne's Shore' (which is stunning), formed particular points of interest. Old songs for the 21st century - buy it, you won't regret it.

Léirmheas le Michael Moll ar Folkworld.eu ar albam 'Idir Muir agus Sliabh' le Diane Ní Chanainn

A new young Gaelic voice on the Irish folk scene, Diane presents with her debut an impressive album of traditional Irish songs mostly in Gaelic language. The Donegal singer has a pleasant light lilting voice, and her style, along with great arrangements, make her songs very accessible also to non- Gaelic audiences. The arrangements are traditional but with an appealing new and contemporary touch. This is perhaps no surprise given the stellar cast of musicians supporting Diane: produced and arranged by one of the Irish folk heroes, Manus Lunny (also playing on the album guitar, bouzouki and programming), the album features three Capercaillie’s - Donald Shaw on piano, the brilliant Michael McGoldrick on flute, pipes and whistles and fiddler Charlie McKerron - as well as cellist Neil Martin and on one track Altan’a Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh. An essential addition to any collection of Gaelic Irish song albums.
© Michael Moll