Tradoodle will bring a wide range of events to Limerick from song workshops to sean nós dancing and even some puppetry!
Singing Into Spring; Song Workshop
Ceol Connected presents Singing Into Spring Song Workshop with Eithne Ní Catháin (Inni-K).
Belltable Hub, Studio 1 | Saturday, February 8th | 10am – 10.45am | €8
Suitable for children age 7+
There’s nothing quite like the joy that can be experienced from singing! Join renowned singer and multi-instrumentalist Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K) who will teach children some of the Irish tradition’s much-loved songs.
Singing into Spring artist profile: Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K): Named by RTÉ.ie as “one of ten fierce women defining Irish culture”, Dublin-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Inni-K (Eithne Ní Chatháin) has received consistent praise for her fresh style of indie-folk since the 2015 release of her acclaimed album ‘The King has Two Horse’s Ears’.
Inni-K’s second album, titled ‘The Hare & the Line’, was released in March 2019. ‘The Hare & the Line’ presented a more raw, more affecting collection of songs than Inni-K’s previous work; a collection varied in tone, and showing the maturity of these past years spent engaged in music.
Inni-K’s music draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music, even as she ventures into new musical territories. Her music combines ethereal vocals with deft musicianship, evocative lyrics (bilingual at times), and a unique approach to song-writing. Having shared stages with various renowned musicians including Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, drummer Jeff Ballard, Glen Hansard, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lisa Hannigan, and many more, Inni-K is becoming a well-established presence in Irish music.
Ceol Connected presents Creative Creatures with Jo May.
Belltable Foyer | Saturday, 8th February | 10am – 12.30pm | Free Event
Suitable for ages 3 – 5 | This is a drop-in workshop, Parents/Guardians must stay and are welcome to join in!
Join visual artist Jo May for a gentle, playful, and joyful exploration of the creative arts for very young children. Young children will be guided in using a range of materials to create their very pieces of art. With the theme of ‘Treehouse’, the possibilities are as infinite as the leaves of the forest!
Creative Creatures Artist Profile: Jo May has been a community arts facilitator since 2008. In this time she has worked with a wide range of people from various backgrounds and levels of ability, but the majority of her practice has been with children and young people. In her work Jo promotes the ideal that everybody can be creative if the desire and necessary support is there.
Jo is a graduate of The National College of Art and Design, The London College of Fashion and Maynooth University, and has worked with a wide range of institutions such as The Ark Cultural Centre for Children and The National Gallery of Ireland. Working as a visual arts facilitator in a collaborative context, Jo believes that art is a medium that can open dialogue and build relationships, investigate possibilities, and encourage play and inclusivity.
Wonderful Woodland Shadow Puppetry Workshop
Ceol Connected presents Wonderful Woodland Shadow Puppetry Workshop with Emma Fisher.
Belltable Hub, Studio 2 | Saturday, 8th February | 11am – 12.30pm | €8
Suitable for children age 7+
Come and discover the wonders of light and shadow as you make your very own shadow puppet with Emma Fisher from Beyond the Bark Puppet and Installation Theatre.
Children’s creations will be inspired by the wonderful creatures – hedgehogs, bats, owls, frogs, and even fairies – who live in the magical world of Whistleberry Forest. Afterwards, the children’s shadow puppets will be displayed (and they might even have a little dance) during the Treetop Tunes session! Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and join in!
Wonderful Woodland artist profile: Dr. Emma Fisher, is a puppeteer and puppet-maker from Co. Limerick. She is the Artistic Director of Beyond the Bark Puppet and Installation Theatre, an inclusive puppet company who create visual theatre using puppetry, mask, and physical theatre. Emma an inspiring, innovative, passionate artist who is dedicated to making exceptional puppet theatre for both adults and children.
Spin A Yarn Storytelling Workshop
Ceol Connected presents Spin A Yarn Storytelling Workshop with Aideen McBride.
Belltable Hub, Studio 1 | Saturday, 8th February | 11am | €8
Suitable for children age 8+
Develop your storytelling talents in this workshop with one of Ireland’s finest storytellers Aideen McBride. Inspired by well-known folktales and legends, children will not only experience the magic of storytelling, they will also be actively encouraged to develop their own storytelling talents in a fun-filled and imaginative learning experience where both the teller and listener create something truly special. Children will also have an opportunity to share the stories that have each created at the end of the workshop.
Spin A Yarn Artist Profile: Aideen McBride is a native of County Carlow and daughter to storyteller Jack Sheehan. She has been telling stories in schools, libraries and festivals with children, adults and family groups for over 20 years. Of special interest to her is the collecting and preservation of stories and she has collected stories from her home county to add to the archives of the National Folklore Collection in UCD. Publications include Folktales of Carlow and Folktales of Tipperary both published by History Press.
Treetop Tunes Session
Ceol Connected presents Treetop Tunes Session led by Maeve Moynihan.
Belltable Foyer | Saturday, February 8th | 12.30pm – 1.30pm | Free Event
Suitable for all the family | This is a drop-in event
It’s time to have a boogie at our Treetop Tunes session led by local traditional musicians. Feel free to bring along an instrument and join in, or if you prefer, sit back, relax, and listen to some tantalising tunes. Families are invited to come, watch, and enjoy!
No need to book, all are welcome, just come along. Parents can even bring an instrument!
Ceol Connected presents Treehouse
Belltable Auditorium | Saturday, 8th February | 2pm | €8
Suitable for all the family | Duration 50 mins
Join The Whistleberries in the treetops where a toe-tapping, tale-telling, hip-shaking hooley awaits!
Deeply rooted in Irish traditional music, Treehouse is a unique traditional music and puppetry performance for families that is sure to have everyone singing along. With mesmerising melodies on whistles, guitar, keyboard, fiddle, and percussion, you can look forward to a wonderfully interactive big band show that will have audiences of all ages hooked.
Featuring a stellar lie-up of Thomas Johnston (whistles/vocals), Áine McGeeney (fiddle/vocals), Stephen Markham (keyboard), Sean O’Meara (guitar/vocals), and John Joe Kelly (bodhrán), and Tommy Baker (puppetry). Direction and set-design by Emma Fisher.
Produced by Ceol Connected with support from the Arts Council.
Feet to the Beat
Ceol Connected presents Feet to the Beat with Liam Scanlon.
Belltable Hub, Studio 2 | Saturday, 8th February | 10am | €10 for parent & child*
*€8 for additional parent/guardian/child | Suitable for children age 3 – 5 yrs
Children can experience the thrill of sean nós dancing as they shuffle and stamp their feet to the beat in this fun-filled workshop. Renowned dancer Liam Scanlon will introduce children to the lively moves of sean nós. There will be lots of fun, games, movement, and laughter, and a chance for children to create and show off their own brand new fancy footwork! Parents/guardians must stay and are welcome to join in!
Feet to the Beat Artist Profile: Masters graduate in Traditional Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy, and a winner of Corn TG4 at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Liam’s art is firmly rooted in the Sean nós dance tradition.
Over the years, Liam has performed with Irish musical acts such as Goitse, Altan, Connla, Alan Kelly Gang, Blás, and We Banjo 3. He has performed with dance companies such as Ragús (2015) and Damhsa (2012-15), across Europe, Canada, Russia and New Zealand. Between 2015 and 2017, Liam was part of the Irish-Québécois collaboration, Sokalo Remix, with Montréal based Zeugma Danse. Liam became a Dance Ireland Associate Artist in 2016, performing his choreography, Nascanna (connections), as part of ‘First Looks’ at Dublin Dance Festival and later at Leitrim Dance Week, Laois Dance Platform, ‘Tanzmesse’, ‘What’s Next? Festival’ – Limerick, and as part ‘New Ireland Dance – Choreographies of Nowness’ at 92Y in New York and Project Arts Centre Dublin.
In 2018, Liam choreographed for Preab Meadar, a concert of sean nós song, music and dance, based on the irregular time signatures of the medieval Dán Díreach. Liam was awarded a Next Generation Bursary from the Arts Council in 2018 towards the development of his arts practice. Through his role at Leitrim Dance Project and as a regular tutor at the Irish World Academy, Liam is keen to see the nurturing and development of a living traditional dance community. Liam is regularly sought after to facilitate workshops and has taught extensively at festivals across Ireland and abroad. In 2018 in association with fellow dancer Martin Hughes, Liam founded Beo Dance to promote the revival in awareness, participation and enjoyment of traditional dance amongst children, teenagers and adults, in West Mayo.
Belltable and Belltable Hub, 69 O'Connell Street, Limerick