Atlantic Steps is the inspiring epic story of Ireland’s oldest dance style, sean-nós. Centered around the vision of extraordinary Irish dancer Brian Cunningham and leading US choreographer Kieran Jordan, the show turns the focus back to an ancient dance style, revitalising steps originating from Ireland’s West Coast on a journey of intersection with new styles across the Atlantic .
The show, produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada, comprises an exceptional cast of dancers and musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, with specially-commissioned backdrop visuals from leading Irish artist Vincent Crotty, lighting design from Stephen Petrilli and projection design from Joey Frangieh. Unique within the genre of post-Riverdance Irish dance shows, Atlantic Steps continues to move festival and theatre audiences to their feet, playing an important role in the renaissance of sean-nós dance far beyond its Irish origins.
Following an exciting Summer 2012 festival debut at Dublin Irish Festival OH, Irishfest La Crosse WI and Irish Fair of Minnesota MN, the show went on to complete a highly successful 2013 run at PACs throughout Arizona, California, Kansas and Massachusetts. 2014 engagements have included shows in California, Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, with 2015 bringing the show to new cities in Arizona, Florida and beyond.
For further information please visit www.atlanticsteps.com
A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Campeche International Festival in Mexico. In March / April 2014, the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan / Taiwan.
Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada recently welcomed a sixth member to the line-up, legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, winner of 2013 TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. The band recently released a smashing new album – Ainneoin na stoirme / In spite of the storm – on the Gael Linn label, in addition to continuing work on a fascinating collaborative project with African-America string band The Ebony Hillbillies.
Founded by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an appearance on the innovative TG4 television series ‘Flosc’. One of Irish traditional music's leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.”
For further information please visit www.teada.com
The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 10th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humour and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2014 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with his daughter Méabh Begley.
This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2014.
The holiday show was first conceived in 2005 with past tours featuring such stellar guest vocalists as Séamus Begley, Lumiere, Karan Casey, Cara Dillon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Cathie Ryan and Michael Londra. Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.”
A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season.
For further information please visit www.irishchristmasinamerica.com
Cosa (Irish for "Feet") is a music and dance collaboration project turning the spotlight on the feet of musicians and dancers as a powerful improvisatory rhythmic force. Featuring a star-studded line up of musicians and dancers, the foot-tapping interweaves on stage with intricate dance steps to create a spell binding tapestry. A fascinating rhythmic journey capturing the energy and intimacy of many an Irish dance gathering from the past.
Oisín Mac Diarmada - fiddle
Damien Connolly - button accordion / fiddle
Brian Cunningham - sean nós dance
Samantha Harvey - step dance / piano
For further information please visit www.cosa.ie
Expect sparks to fly when West Kerry accordionist and singer Séamus Begley joins forces with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada. This duet of button accordion and fiddle might be a new collaboration, but both Séamus and Oisín have a distinguished past within Irish traditional music.
Begley is the quintessential Irish musician, an eager storyteller known for his sharp wit and famous for pumping out tune after tune at all night sessions with an energy that is sometimes alarming. Displaying a frisky spontaneity in his accordion-playing, he has toured extensively with performers such as Altan, Steve Cooney and Mary Black. TG4 has recently awarded Séamus the prestigious Traditional Singer of the Year award in recognition of his major contribution to Irish singing.
Fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, founder of noted group Téada, has been described by The Irish Echo's Earle Hitchner as "one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today". He has appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US and accompanied Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania.
Begley and Mac Diarmada have teamed up in an exciting and intimate combination, exploring tunes and songs from West Kerry to Sligo. Having already released 2 duo albums – Le Chéile and An Irish Christmas Soundscape, Séamus has recently also teamed up with Oisín in the band Téada.
For further information please visit www.facebook.com/seamusbegleyoisinmacdiarmada
The Innisfree Céilí Band grew up playing together, and it shows. Led by Oisín Mac Diarmada of Téada, one of Ireland’s leading groups, this Sligo band blends its instruments into a seamless musical voice, capturing the dramatic energy and drive that remains such a feature of North Connaught music. Gifted with a rare sweetness and clarity of tone, the band is playing a key role in the revival of céilí band music, in 2008 becoming the first band from the North Connacht region to win the coveted All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Competition. With reels and jigs played with passion and flair, the Innisfree Céilí Band are guaranteed to get your feet moving. As one reviewer wrote, “if you don't dance, you'll wish you did” (Irishphiladelphia.com). 2010 has already seen the band perform at numerous festivals such as Kilkenny Arts Festival and Carrick-on-Shannon Watermusic Festival, in both céilí and concert formats.
The North Connacht musical tradition of counties Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon, and its strong association with the fiddle and flute, played a key role in the early recordings of Irish traditional music during the early 20th century. Emerging from this era, names such as Coleman, Morrison, Killoran and McKenna left a stylistic mark on music throughout Ireland and the United States, a rich heritage maintained in subsequent decades throughout the North Connacht region by a legion of superb musicians including Fred Finn and Peter Horan.
For further information please visit www.facebook.com/innisfreeceiliband