This collaborative initiative between fine art photographer Kate Nolan and Co. Louth fiddle player Gerry O’Connor was initiated at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018. Musicians and singers who frequent Fleadhanna are the subject matter, curated by both Gerry and Kate, while Kate photographed in a purpose built studio in Droichead Arts Centre, and in the halls, bars and streets of Drogheda.
The return of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann to Drogheda in 2019 will see the fruits of this labour, as the printed images will be exhibited at Droichead Arts Centre for the occasion.
The title of the exhibition is a reference to the much-neglected film format and also to the traditional tune type in 12/8 time, harking back to times gone by while looking to the future generations of this tradition.
In association with Droichead Arts Centre and Create Louth, the Arts Office of Louth County Council.
Photo: The Ó Raghallaigh family
From back left:
Nóra Ní Raghallaigh, MacDara O Raghallaigh, Áine Ní Raghallaigh.
From Front left:
Pádraic O Raghallaigh, Máire Uí Raghallaigh.
15 July – 14 Sept
Joseph Patrick Haverty, The Blind Piper, 1841, Oil on canvas, 76 x 59cm, Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland, Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.
Oidhreacht: Transforming Tradition (13 July – 14 September 2019) will bring together a range of artworks from the 18th century to the contemporary moment exploring Irish traditional arts & culture. It will include diverse examples, some familiar, many not shown for some time, and will offer a sense of the wide range of representations and expressions of Irish traditional arts & culture in visual art and material culture both in historic and contemporary art.
Featuring a selection of art and some artefacts from major public museums including the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Limerick City Gallery of Art, and private collections, and beginning with the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection; the exhibition will draw on the rich social, political and aesthetic contexts in which the traditional arts have been expressed.
The exhibition is presented to coincide with Ireland’s largest traditional culture festival Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which takes place from 10-18 August where people across Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and around the world will attend the week long competition, summer school and concert programme. www.fleadhcheoil.ie www.highlanes.ie