Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh takes time out of her busy touring and recording schedule to explore some of the North's most attractive spots and to visit some of her musical friends, who take her to the heart of Ulster's thriving music scene.
In this six part series to be screened on RTÉ One every Friday at 7:30PM from the 22nd February to the 29th March, Mairéad visits Fermanagh, Derry, Belfast, Down, Tyrone and her own beloved Donegal. Household names such as Daniel O'Donnell, Juliet Turner, Cara Dillon and Brian Kennedy welcome Mairéad to their home towns and treat her to some of the stories and memories which shaped their lives and led them on a remarkable musical path.
The journey begins in Mairéad's native Gaoth Dobhair, the Gaeltacht which has drawn her home and where she is now permanently based, surrounded by her family and friends including, among others, Manus Lunny of Capercaille (who also features). Mairéad reflects fondly on her strong musical influences of her father, the late Francie Mooney and shares memories of her late husband and founding member of Altan, Frankie Kennedy, which sets the tone of the series. A very personal journey, the numerous performers Mairéad meets along the way take her lead and share their own strongest influences.
Aniar Aduaidh (Of the North-West) is a rare opportunity to see many of the North's very distinguished artists as we have never seen them before; in their own environments and yet not shying from the viewer's desire to see them doing what they do best; performing. Mairéad's warm and personable character, her charming smile, the fabulous countryside and city locations, together with the familiar sounds of Ulster's prominent artists will give any viewer a boost.
Among the long list of names who perform with Mairéad are Neil Martin, Tommy Sands, Bronagh Gallagher, Adrian Dunbar, Rev. Gary Hastings, Fr. Seamus Quinn, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, and Róisín de Faoite.
Aniar Aduaidh is a joint Tobar and Independent Pictures production for RTÉ with financial support from the Irish Language Broadcast Fund. The series was directed by Moira Sweeney and produced by Damian McCann.
Episode One: Donegal
Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh begins her musical exploration in her native Gaoth Dobhair, the Gaeltacht region which has drawn her home, surrounded by her family and friends, including, among others, Manus Lunny and internationally loved Daniel O'Donnell. Mairéad reflects fondly on the strong musical influences from her father, the late Francie Mooney and shares memories of her late husband and founding member of Altan, Frankie Kennedy
Clár Thír Chonaill
Tosaíonn Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh ó Altan a turas ceoil féin ina háit dhúchas, Gaoth Dobhair, ceantar Gealtacha a mheall abhaile í agus í I measc a teaghlach agus ag a chairde, Manus Lunny agus Daniel O'Donnell, a bhfuil clú idirnáisiúnta air, ina measc. Cuimhníonn Mairéad go grámhar ar thionchar a hathar, Francie Mooney, nach maireann agus roinneann sí cuimhní faoina fear céile, Frankie Kennedy a bhunaigh Altan léi.
'I've loved my journey of musical exploration from Donegal right through Ulster making this series 'Aniar Aduaidh'. I've met friends old and new and had some great adventures along the way!'
-Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Episode Two: Tyrone
Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh takes time out of her busy touring and recording schedule to explore some of the North's most attractive spots and to visit some of her musical friends, who take her to the heart of Ulster's thriving music scene. This week Mairéad journeys to Tyrone where she meets singer/ songwriter Juliet Turner, finds out about American influences on Irish music at the Ulster American Folk Park with Cathal Hayden and (fellow Altan member) Ciarán Tourish, and takes in a live jazz session in Omagh with old friends Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn.
Clár Thír Eoghain RTÉ 1 7:30 1ú Marta
Imíonn Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh óna sceideal gníomhach le hiniúchadh a dhéanamh ar chuid de na háiteanna is aille ó thuaidh agus cuairt a thabhairt ar a cairde ceolmhara a thógann í a fhad le láithreacha an cheoil in Ulaidh. An tseachtain seo téann Mairéad go Tír Eoghain áit a gcasann an cumadóir/amhránaí, Juliet Turner uirthi, faigheann sí amach faoi thionchar Mheiriceá ar cheol na hÉireann i nDaonpháirc Uladh/Mheiriceá le Cathal Hayden agus Ciaran Tourish atá in Altan léi agus téann sí chuig seisiúin snagcheoil ar an Ómaigh lena seanchairde Nollaig Casey agus Arty McGlynn.
Episode Three: Fermanagh
On the next part of her musical journey, Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh travels to Fermanagh where she meets actor Adrian Dunbar, gets familiar with a Lambeg drum on Devenish Island courtesy of Reverend Gary Hastings and Father Seamus Quinn, and takes part in a lively session in Blakes of the Hollow.
Ar an chéad chuid eile dá turas ceoil téann Mairéad ó Altan go Fear Manach, áit a gcasann Adrian Dunbar uirthi, faigheann sí amach faoi dhruma Lann Bheag ar Dhaimhinis a bhuíochas don Urr. Gary Hastings agus an tAth. Seamus Quinn, agus glacann sí páirt I seisiúin bríomhar i Blakes of the Hollow.
Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh continues her musical journey through Ulster with a visit to Belfast. She travels through the city's diverse nooks and crannies including the beautiful new MAC Centre, historical Linen Hall Library and the lively Oh Yeah Centre where young musicians practice their craft. Along the way she meets Belfast natives including well known singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy, cellist Neil Martin and rising star Grainne Holland.
Leanann Mairéad léi ar a turas ceoil ar fud Ulaidh nuair a thugann sí cuairt ar Bhéal Feirste. Téann sí chuig na háiteanna suimiúla, ina measc an t-aonad úr galánta MAC, An Leabharlann Línéadach a bhfuil an-stair ag baint léi agus an t-aonad bríomhar Oh Yeah, ait a gcleachtann ceoltóirí a gceird. Ar a bealach casann an t-amhránaí Brian Kennedy, Neil Martin na dordveidhle agus Grainne Holland a bheidh ina réalta amach anseo.
Episode 5 Down
In the next part of her musical journey, Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh finds out about the diverse musical heritage of County Down. Along the way she visits the Lowden Guitar Factory where she finds out about how this small County Down enterprise have produced guitars for some of the best known guitarists in the world including Eric Clapton, Pierre Bensusan, and Down native Foy Vance. She also meets musician and peace ambassador Tommy Sands and learns how music landed himself and daughter Moya in prison!
Clár 5 an Dúin
Sa chéad chuid eile dá turas faigheann Mairéad ó Altan amach faoin oidhreacht éagsúil ceoil atá le fáil i gCo an Dúin. Ar an turas tugann sí cuairt ar mhonarcha Lowden Guitar agus fiosraíonn sí cad é mar a chruthaigh an comhlacht beag seo giotáir do na giotáraithe is mó clú ar an chruinne, Eric Clapton, Pierre Bensusan, agus Foy Vance ó Dhún ina measc. Casann ceoltóir agus fear síochána Tommy Sands uirthi chomh maith agus cluineann sí cad é mar a chríochnaigh sé féin is a iníon I bpríosún mar gheall ar cheol!