A very well known musician in Leitrim, Marcas Ó Murchú will receive the Ard-Ollamh award as Comhaltas Music Laureate of Fleadh Cheoil 2013 at a gala dinner in the Everglades Hotel, Derry on Thursday, August 15.
Marcas’ father Alf Ó Murchú a computer engineer who has roots in Rossinver was the sean-nós Oireachtas first prizewinner in Irish singing in 1960, the first person from outside the Gaeltacht to win this prize. His grandfather John was a fisherman’s son born in Tawnaleck, Rossinver in 1873 and became an engineer in the shipyards of Belfast and was in Chicago when the Titanic sunk. Marcas who is by profession a languages teacher and historian, told the Leitrim Observer that he was “honoured and delighted with the award and that he was accepting it on behalf of he family and all the unsung heroes of the tradition, musicians, teamakers and good listeners.” Marcas has produced and presented BBC, RTE and RnaG programmes since he was in his twenties on Irish traditional music. He generously donated his personal collection of over 700 hours of performances and interviews to the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin, believed to be the biggest ever such collection of field recordings donated by any one person.
On Friday, 16 August he will head a concert a concert with special guests in the Methodist Hall, Derry. The whole O Murchú clann will be on stage. Donation to hall only £5. Details http://www.fleadhcheoil.ie/fiddle-flute-amorican-street