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A week of Sean-nós singing with Noeleen Ní Cholla
September 30 - October 7
Throughout the month of June we have a special early bird offer! You can book a place on this unique event for the price of €600 if you book before July 1st (Usual Cost is €800).
A unique opportunity to learn this beautiful ancient singing tradition and visit places where the songs originate.
Noeleen will be leading a week of immersion in the authentic singing tradition from North West Donegal, and taking you to the islands and landscapes from which these songs originate.
Noeleen will be leading a week of immersion in the authentic singing tradition from North West Donegal, and taking you to the islands and
landscapes from which these songs originate. Noeleen’s ancestors are from the various islands off Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore) and you will
see the beauty and loneliness of these islands, where Noeleen was inspired to write a song dedicated to her ancestors.
This is a unique opportunity to participate in an ancient living tradition of song from this part of Ireland.
About Noeleen Ní Cholla
Noeleen has been singing sean-nós from a very young age and is from the Gaeltacht (Irish Gaelic speaking area) area of Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal. She has traveled extensively performing nationally and internationally since the age of sixteen. She has won many prizes, most notably the first prize in the International Celtic Traditional Song Contest at the International Pan Celtic Festival in 2012. She won prizes at the International Eisteddfod, Wales in 2007, 2008 & 2009 in the International Folk Song Solo and The First Prize in the Celtic Solo song contests in 2007 & 2008. Noeleen recently released an album called An Mhaighdean Mhara, with traditional Irish Gaelic songs, Scottish Gaelic songs, English ballads and a newly composed song. She has also recently completed a singing tour of America and Canada. One of Noeleen’s newly composed melodies will be part of an American-Irish TV documentary that Noeleen was working on also as a voice over artist while in New York. Noeleen has spent time living on the islands on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland where she learnt Scottish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic songs. She is therefore a native Irish Gaelic speaker and also speaks Scottish Gaelic.
The Song House/ Teach na nAmhrán
After running singing holidays in wild places successfully for many years, the chance came Candy Verney’s way to put down roots and establish a centre in Donegal. The Song House is a centre for singing and other activities which fit with the guiding principles of community, harmony and valuing the natural
world. Formerly known as the Poets House, the centre was well-known in literary circles, with Seamus Heaney a frequent visitor. Now, in its new incarnation as The Song House, Candy is delighted that the creative spirit of the house will be maintained. Why Donegal? In short, the landscape, the people, the music. The land scape here on the Wild Atlantic Way is quite stunning, constantly changing in response to shifts in the light, miles of empty sandy beaches as well as the iconic mountains of Errigal and Muckish as a backdrop to every view. All bedrooms in the Song House, as well as the spacious singing room, look out onto Muckish mountainarising majestically from the sweeping bog lands. Falcarragh lies within the Gaeltacht, the Irish speaking areas of Ireland, so you are likely to hear Irish being spoken by many local residents.
The Cost of the event is €800 – This covers the singing, accommodation, food (excluding 2 evenings when we will have supper in a local pub), local transport and 2 boat journeys.
Mob: +353 (0)85 889 3154
Web: candyverney.co.uk or
Teach na nAmhrán: The Song House,
Co Donegal, F92 D4EX
Noeleen Ní Cholla