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Programme 4

This week's programme begins in Co. Clare where Blathnaid Ni Dhonnchadha, Biran O'Connell and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain bring together two of the country's finest concertina players Edel Fox and Noel Hill. Edel's concertina playing is steeped in the west Clare tradition and is one of those musicians who influenced her playing along the way is Noel Hill - a renowned exponent of that tradition. Edel first met Noel as an eight-year-old novice, and catches up with him to compare notes and reflect on their shared musical backgrounds.

We hear a beautiful song from Donegal singer Shauna Mullin. An all-Ireland winner, Shauna has a strong musical pedigree, including her granduncle the great singer and song collector, Paddy Tunney. Shauna herself is busy pursuing a career as a solo singer and lead singer with the Dave Munnelly band. Despite her touring commitments, she has managed to find the time to gain a BA and MA in Irish traditional music performance from the University of Limerick. Accompanied by Francis Ward, she sings 'Ned of the Hill'.

We look at the options available in the education sector for traditional music. Education and training provides opportunities for musicians to enhance and further their skills and appreciation of music. This process is vital in fostering the handing down of the tradition to the next generation. With such a variety of schools, and third level courses on offer, we take a look at the different options available to musicians.

We profile Leitrim flute player David Sheridan. Hailing from County Leitrim, Dave is a music and religion teacher in Dublin. He is an exciting young flute player and sometime button accordionist. Session playing is an important aspect of his musical output and is reflected in his live and spontaneous playing style.

And we delve into the art of sean nós dancing which is a strong feature of Gaeltacht areas, with sean nós dancing it's all about the relationship between the steps and the music. In recent years a new breed of dancers has helped keep the tradition alive, ensuring that this unique and treasured form of dance is preserved for another generation. Brian Cunningham and Roisin Ni Mhainin give us an insight into the artform.

Edel Fox
Edel Fox