Gealóga, a traditional music ensemble, formed as part of the Music Generation Mayo – Music Residency Programme – will give concerts at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, on Friday, July 12th, and the Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday, July 13th.
Gealóga performed for international delegates attending the Education Committee Meeting in Castletown House, Leixlip, a Department of Education and Skills event organised as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency, on Thursday 13th June.
The group of 11 young talented traditional musicians, aged 12-18 years, were selected via an audition process in January 2013 and have been progressing under the mentorship of their director, acclaimed Co. Mayo musician and performer, Emer Mayock.
Nominated by the Mayo Music Education Partnership to represent their country on this international stage, Gealóga’s appearance marks the final event in Music Generation’s performance programme for the Department of Education & Skills EU Presidency events.
Hailing from throughout Co. Mayo, Gealóga, which translates as ‘bright youth’, includes the following musicians; Kate Heneghan, Orla Mannion, Donal Parkinson (fiddle), Patrick Boyle (accordion), Marianna Tiernan (concertina), Ellen Murphy (harp), Alan Judge, Catherine Lambe, Grace McDonnell (flute), Niamh Mulhern (uilleann pipes) and Seán McGreal (bodhrán, whistle & voice).
Over the past few months the ensemble has been meeting regularly to share and source material, collaborate as fellow musicians, examine the history of the ensemble in traditional music, while preparing and rehearsing for the performances which will mark the culmination of their residency programme in July 2013.
An exceptionally accomplished young ensemble, members of Gealóga have successfully competed and received top prizes in the Connaught and national Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have graced many prestigious performance stages as individual musicians and in groups, having been taught and influenced in their musical development by the cream of Irish traditional musicians, both in Co. Mayo, and neighbouring counties.
“Each individual member is an accomplished musician in their own right”, noted Ensemble Director, Emer Mayock, “now as part of the ensemble they bring their own musical imagination and energy to create a dynamic and vibrant sound.”
To celebrate Love Live Music – International Music Day, members of Gealóga undertook a whistle-stop tour of Mayo on Friday, June 21st and are looking forward to their main performances at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar on Friday, July 12th and the Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday, July 13th. Tickets: €5 for adults, under 18s free of charge.