Album Launch at Scoil Acla Centenary
The new album Ceis was launched on July 29th to a packed house in Gielty’s, the most westerly pub in Ireland. It was part of Scoil Acla centenary summer school in Dooagh….
I was honoured that local hero of culture John twin McNamara introduced the Album and gave great insight into the local meaning of the word ‘Ceis’ , which means a bridge in the bog, a bridge made from twigs, planks, heather or turf, built to get the donkey carrying a load of turf across. More on this later, as there are several meanings to the word ‘Ceis’.
Des Cafferkey, whistle and flute player and Achill native, launched his solo CD ‘Achill Air’ the same night. We both recorded the ‘Achill Air’ and on the night it was amazing for the piece to be played and hear it come to life in front of it’s home crowd. The Achill Air was collected in 1839.
Thank you to everyone who helped out to make this night a great one, especially Diarmaid Gielty and everyone in Scoil Acla, Alan Gielty, Bronagh, Michael Kelly, Tom Doherty, John McHugh and John McNamara.