RTÉ Archives take a look back at special moments of traditional Irish music and dance from the television archives. This exhibition features a taste of traditional music, song and dance from some of the top 'trad' musicians in the country, with performances taking place in a variety of social settings.
Specialist programmes on RTÉ Television such as 'Come West Along the Road', 'Country Airs', 'The Pure Drop' as well as programmes like 'The Late Late Show' have provided a platform to promote Irish artists and traditional Irish music and dance. From solo to céilí dancing, instrumental musicianship to sean nós singing, the selected clips celebrate the unique style of traditional Irish music and dance.
While many of the traditional songs and airs have a familiarity, they have unknown origins and go back hundreds of years, passed on from generation to generation. The notion of 'traditional' often conjures up images and sounds of the past. However, the performances presented here are testament to the continued popularity of traditional Irish music on our television screens. RTÉ has been associated with recording of traditional music since the 1940's and this exhibition provides a taste of the holidings from the television archives.
The accompanying image shows the Oranmore Céilí Band perform during the recording of RTÉ Television's 'The Mountain Lark', in February 1985.
The Furey Family play 'The Maid of Mount Cisco' recorded at the Abbey Tavern in Howth, Co. Dublin.
Club Céilí, a bi-lingual programme of Irish music, song and dance. In this extract people dance the 'Siege of Carrick' to music from the Noel Tuohy Céilí Band.
An extract from a programme showing the highlights of the traditional music festival, the Fleadh Ceoil held in Thurles, Co. Tipperary in 1965.
John Conneely dances a reel in his unique style.
Planxty playing live at the National Stadium in Dublin in 1972.
Irish traditional musicians Barney McKenna, Tony MacMahon and Micko Russell perform in the streets of Ennis, Co. Clare.
Singer Dolores Keane with her aunts Rita and Sarah Keane talk about how they learned songs when they were growing up. Together they sing 'I Am Thinking Ever Thinking'.
The Kilfenora Céilí Band play three single reels.
Sharon Shannon on accordion and Paul O'Shaughnessy on fiddle play a set of reels.
'Come West Along the Road' returns for a thirteenth series becoming the longest running television programme on Irish traditional music.
Members of the band 'Kíla' busk on the streets of Ennis, Co. Clare.
Sinéad O'Connor and friends perform 'Paddy's Lament' and Sinéad talks to Pat Kenny about song writing and the power of traditional song.