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Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Triúir is a creative documentary on the ongoing collaboration between 3 of Ireland's most distinguished musicians - Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - in an intimate portrait of "the act and art of making music".

In 2009 Peadar Ó Riada returned to a historical search, that began with his father Seán Ó Riada, "for a purer form of Irish music" through a remarkable collaboration with Martin and Caoimhín. This blossomed into a flourishing creative venture that so far has produced two albums; Triúr sa Draigheana and Triúr Arís.

It's rare for musicians of this calibre to allow a filmmaker such extensive access to the intimate, private, often painful creative process, but that's exactly what they've agreed to do for this documentary: an incredible opportunity to view the tradition from three unique perspectives and generations. The musicality of the documentary is complemented by an intimate, personal dimension, given the close bonds that have have grown steadily between the three as they swap stories, thoughts, ideas and tunes in a swirling exploration of the creative process that journeys to the "heart of our music".

The film begins with the three gathering in April 2009 - before the idea of Triúr even existed - to explore what Martin described as 'their shared understanding of the music' and follows their journey for three years; ending on the stage of the historical Abbey
Theatre in Dublin in February 2012 as the three launch their celebrated second album.

About the Filmmaker:

Dónal Ó Céilleachair is an Irish Filmmaker who has lived in New York since 1990, and currently lives between Ireland and New York. His experience spans across the independent film landscape having worked on over 50 films over the past 20 years, and his own films have shown at festivals and in exhibitions across the world.

  • RTÉ One, Tuesday, 10.15pm