Women in traditional music to be celebrated Easter Monday on BBC Alba

Ceol ó Kylemore: A Celebration of Women in Music’ which will be live on the BBC Alba channel across Great Britain this Easter Monday 5 April at 10pm.

The hour long special features some of the island of Ireland’s most talented traditional female musicians, as they perform at one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most iconic sites, Kylemore Abbey, in the rugged heart of Connemara.

The programme was recorded at the end of 2020 and features some of the best of women traditional musicians and singers. Moya Brennan of Clannad will be joined by Mary Bergin on whistle, Laoise Kelly on Harp, Josephine Marsh on accordion and Sharon Howley on cello, along with singers Cathy Jordan, Pauline Scanlon with Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy of The Whileaways, along with up-and-coming star Sibéal – the voice behind the pivotal performance piece ‘Mise Éire’ which was the centrepiece of the 1916 Rising commemoration in 2016. Caitlin Nic Gabhann on concertina completes the all-female line-up.

Presented by traditional singer and harper, Síle Denvir, Ceol ó Kylemore – A Celebration of Women in Irish Music will include a specially-commissioned composition from Josephine Marsh on accordion with Liz and Yvonne Kane on fiddles and an ensemble finale featuring the full stellar cast.

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