Céili-Concert with Ó Murchú family at Strule Arts Centre

Concert - Ceili at Strule Arts Centre Omagh

Published: 4th March 2016

An impressive line-up of performers will appear in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh for a stellar stage Céilí-Concert ‘Ceolchoirm Na Féile’ on Friday 11 March 2016 at 8.00 pm.

The Céilí-Concert, which features performances from the talented Ó Murchú family, has been organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council as part of its overall St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh.

Belfast-born flute maestro Marcas Ó Murchú and family – his wife Caitriona, son Cormac and daughter Róise – will bring Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in rhythm, humour and energy to the Strule Arts Centre on March 11.

Accordion and guitar player, Ciaran Kelly from Co. Fermanagh and Tyrone’s Priscilla Connolly on keyboards will provide tasteful musical accompaniment on the night.

As well as stage performances, there will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to take their feet and get involved in the dancing, which includes sets and sean-nós dancing.

Speaking about the Céili-Concert, Marcas Ó Murchú, who was awarded the respected Ard-Ollamh title at the All-Ireland Fleadh by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí and is known for his numerous TV and radio programmes, said:

“One of the most heartfelt themes of Saint Patrick’s is emigration. Music was a way that people stayed close to home. A stage céilí – concert will give families a chance to experience the enchanting spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day through Irish music, song and dance by participating in an engaging performance rich in rhythm and humour. This family-friendly performance also features a chance to participate in wonderful Irish dancing and share boundless energy and lively instrumental tunes and songs.”  

 A free sean-nós dancing workshop will take place in the Strule Arts Centre before the Céilí-Concert from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm. The dancing workshop will be taken by Jonathan Mc Cloy, a highly respected sean-nós and traditional dancer who has won a number of top sean-nós dancing competitions recently.

The Céilí-Concert and the free sean-nós dancing workshop on March 11 are just two of a number of St Patrick’s Day fringe events organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in the run up to St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh on March 17.

Tickets for the Céilí-Concert cost £5.00 and are available from the Strule Arts Centre Box Office by telephoning 028 8224 7831 or visiting www.struleartscentre.co.uk.

For further information on St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Omagh visit the Council website.

Meanwhile in Enniskillen, the Forth Bridges Accordion Band from Scotland will return to County Fermanagh for St Patrick’s Day for a fourth year.

As well as taking part in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Enniskillen, which is organised by Project St Patrick, the band will also play a concert on Friday 18 March in Enniskillen Unionist Hall at 8.00 pm.

Tickets for the Forth Bridges Accordion Band concert cost £5.00 and are available by telephoning 07834 903 858. Tickets are also available on the night costing £7.00 at the door.

For further details about the Fermanagh Festival and Fun Day to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, please visit www.projectstpatrick.com.


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