Posted by: mdmusingsie | December 24, 2013

Hark of the Bells (and Harps)!

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without music and Saturday was the annual Moya Brennan/Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Christmas Concert in Monkstown.  It’s a wonderful family event which gives young musicians a taste of being on stage in front of an audience.

First were the Under-18’s, followed by the Under-15’s – all very talented and diverse musicians.  A group of advanced students who’ve gone on to college but still get together to practice and play entertained us with a set.  Of course, the largest and most adorable bunch was the young children. One young man named Tadhg (or Taigh) had quite a powerful voice. I suspect he has a bright future ahead of him, along with another young lad who played the bodhrán (whose name I sadly can’t remember – names aren’t my strong point).


CCE – Under 15’s


CCE páistí og


CCE Advanced


Tadhg and talented bodhran player to his left


CCE Under 18’s

After a short break the headliners appeared – Moya Brennan and Cormac DeBarra accompanied by Eamon DeBarra, Aisling Jarvis, Paul Jarvis and another Donegal musician (whose name also escapes me – I really should write these things down).  Harps and heavenly voices – it just doesn’t get much better than that at Christmas.  Moya’s Christmas CD – An Irish Christmas, which quickly became one of my favorites a couple years ago, has also been re-released with four new songs.


Moya and daughter Aisling


Cormac DeBarra


Eamon DeBarra


Despite nearly being pick-pocketed in Dublin’s fair city on my way to Connolly Station to catch the Dart (nice try, but things were crammed too tight in my purse for me not to notice the slight tug), it was a wonderful concert.  It is good to see so many young musicians learning traditional music and keeping that special sound that is Celtic music alive.

So whether it’s traditional carols or modern hits, sung by a choir or heard through TV, radio, CD or mp3 player, or merely the laughter of a child, I hope your Christmas is filled with beautiful music.

Nollaig Shona Daoibh, mo chairde timpeall an domhan!

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