Pictured Above: Mairéad Carey
Eibhlís Ní Shúilleabháin and Mairéad Carey are competitors from West Cork taking part in the final of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, this Friday, February 5, which will be broadcast live on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta from 7pm.
Eibhlís Ní Shúilleabháin hails from a Bantry musical family; she credits her parents Máire and Tom with having a huge influence on her music. Eibhlís is a national schoolteacher in Scoil Naithí in Dublin, and also teaches flute. She has played at festivals across the country and in the UK and France.
Mairéad Carey is from Aughadown. As well as playing flute Mairéad also plays fiddle, tin whistle and piano. She is currently undertaking a Masters in Ethnomusicology in UCC. This year, Mairéad toured with Niall Vallely and the Vanbrugh String Quartet, playing flute for their performance of Vallely’s composition ‘Throughother’.
As well as the final, this year there will be a Musicians Congress in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Saturday February 6, from 2-5pm, with speakers from the music industry giving advice to traditional musicians on issues from copyright to publishing to marketing and social media.
Further information on both the final and the Congress can be found at www.rte.ie/rnag.