This year’s charity concert, ‘Trad Meitheal’, attracted an audience of approximately 200 people to the Mayflower Community Centre, Drumshanbo on March 1st. The concert, now in its seventh year, continues to be organised and performed by the students of the Traditional Irish Music Course provided by the Drumshanbo College of Further Education.
A very entertaining and well presented evening was enjoyed by all who attended. With a varied mix of tunes, songs and dances from a blues arrangement of ‘Hound Dog’ to a baroque-inspired arrangement of O’Carolans ‘Mrs Maxwell’, there was something for all tastes. This year’s daring dancers performed three distinct forms of Irish dancing – set, step agus sean-nós. A Drumshanbo version of the Knocknaboul set, a hornpipe and the sean-nós performers ensured that the first half of the concert ended on a high (kick!).
The ‘Trad Meitheal’ theme of sharing and gathering continued in the second half with more marches, jigs, barndances and airs performed, all of which were learned by the students since the start of the course September.
One of the modules of the course is ‘Event Production’ and the organisation of this event was part of the assessment for that module. The participants of the course had to form a committee and hold regular meetings to decide on all the details of the event, from the artwork of the posters to the collection of the many fantastic raffle prizes which were kindly donated by local businesses in Drumshanbo, Ballinamore, Carrick, Boyle and Sligo.
This year the stage backdrop and posters were designed by artist and performer Édaín O’Donnell, and with the help of art teacher Eugene Rooney and secondary school art students it was both welcoming and visually pleasing. Once again, the skills of the Media Engineering Course, under the guidance of Liam Cunningham were employed to provide the amplification on the night. The music course, tutored by the dedicated Mossie Martin, extends a ‘go raibh maith agaibh’ to both groups for helping make the concert look and sound great.
The donated charities this year were STOP Suicide (Manorhamilton), St Vincent de Paul (Drumshanbo) and The Breffni Family Resource Centre (Carrick on Shannon). A grand total of €2,400 was raised this year for these deserving causes.
For anyone interested in doing the Irish Traditional Music Course – now in its sixteenth year – application forms are now available from Drumshanbo Vocational School or the Adult Education Centre, Carrick on Shannon.