Seán Ó Riada 1931-1971 is a new series starting on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta in October that celebrates the life and work of musician and composer Seán Ó Riada.
This month sees the commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of Ó Riada’s death, and Seán Ó Riada 1931-1971 will feature interviews with Seán’s friends throughout the country and will give listeners an insight and an understanding of the gifted musician, composer and scholar. The new series will be presented by Jeaic Ó Muircheartaigh together with Seán’s son, Peadar Ó Riada, himself a composer and musician. They will travel to places of importance in Ó Riada’s life, such as Múscraí in the Cork Gaeltacht, Dublin, Kerry, Cork city and more, where they will meet with friends of Ó Riada who will share their memories of him. Some of those who will feature in the series are Seán Ó Sé, and members of the legendary group founded by Ó Riada, Ceoltóirí Chualainn. Listeners will also hear archive recordings of Ó Riada in the series, together with archive recordings from some of his contemporaries who have now passed on.
Seán Ó Riada 1931-1971 can be heard every Sunday morning at 10.00 am on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
Last year Peadar Ó Riada initiated a competition on his RnaG programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil to encourage new talent within traditional music. The winner of the competition, open to fiddlers, was presented with the Seán Ó Riada gold medal handmade by Pádraig Ó Mathúna. The competition is now open for entries for the second year, and this year traditional flute and whistle players are invited to send in samples of their work to cuireadhchunceoil.ie. The shortlist of competitors will perform in a gala concert in Cork in January where the winner will be announced.
Further information on the series and the competition is here.