Posted by: mdmusingsie | December 20, 2015

Ceol ag Nollaig

Having missed last years’ concert, I was determined to attend Moya Brennan’s Christmas concert this year. Thursday night isn’t the most convenient night for a concert, but I still had a few personal holidays this year and decided to make it a long weekend.

The Monkstown Parish Church looks more like a medieval fortress than a church from the outside, but has a more modern feel on the inside. It’s actually T shaped instead of cross shaped so it’s wider than it is long.


These Christmas concerts are a collaborative effort between Moya and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann who are busy grooming the next generations of talented musicians. I continue to be amazed at how many musicians, even the young ones, play several instruments.

Two young girls sang beautiful a-cappella tunes; one of the girls was only 10 years old. Such talent (and bravery)! In the under 12 group there was a highly talented young man named Brendán who was amazing on the bodhrán and played other instruments as well.

The second half of the show featured Moya Brennan along with Eamon DeBarra, Dave Curley, Aisling Jarvis (Moya’s daughter – I’m actually listening to her solo CD as I write this), and Lia Wright. They had recently returned from a tour of Germany and Poland. Christmas tunes adapted by Moya dominated the set, but there were a few other favorites as well. The children joined the band for the Oiche Chiúin (Silent Night) finale. In fine form as ever, the concert did not disappoint.

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During the show Moya mentioned that her father Leo, patriarch of the über-talented Brennan family turned 90 in September. He requested that when he died that they hold a ceilí at his funeral. She didn’t seem too certain that it would be appropriate, but I think it would be a fantastic way to celebrate the life of a musician.

So put on your favorite holiday music and enjoy the season.

(PS – A special shout out to WordPress for bringing the slideshow back!)

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