An Caisleán Music Group
This year (2010) has seen the establishment of a Traditional Irish Music Group at Drimnagh Castle. The Group is called Caisleán. Students involved represent all Year Groups from 1st to 6th. Founded last October, Caisleán meets on Mondays and Thursdays to practice and learn new Irish tunes which are then linked to form ‘sets’ and arranged to enhance the music and allow full participation of the musicians.
Caisleán has been very fortunate to draw on the experience of Sixth Year student, Paul Cummins. Paul is an accomplished ‘Box’ (accordion) player. His in-depth knowledge of the traditional music scene is a real help in ensuring the Group are up to the mark in terms of their performance. Paul is accompanied by guitarists Colm Drennan, Adam Morrissey and David McCabe. Together they work out chordal accompaniment and backing for the various tunes which form the sets. This really adds to the quality of the Group’s sound as it gives depth and driving rhythm to the overall performance. The guitarists are also assisted by Luke Foley of Transition Year. Luke’s guitar performances differ in that he plays the melodies of the tunes. This further enriches the variation in sound.
The central part of the Group is the flute and whistle playing of Transition Year students Donald Abuka, Seán Barron, Warren Farrell, Dyllan Kelly, Daniel Murphy and First Year, Emmet Farrell. These students spend many hours practising, arranging and perfecting the tunes and sets the Group has decided to play. Warren’s considerable experience of classical music in the Royal Irish Academy is invaluable in improving the timing, arrangement and structure in performance. The blend of instruments expresses the individual interests of the students. Variation has been provided by Dyllan on the Low Whistle and Seán Barron on the flute. The skilful whistle playing of Daniel, Donald and Warren is the mainstay of each tune. It is around their playing that the tunes are based. Emmet has demonstrated what can be achieved through endless hours of practice. In just six months he has become an accomplished whistle and flute player. His dedication is an example to all who aim to succeed.
This Spring Caisleán has performed at Seinn in the new Theatre in the Dublin City Council Offices at Wood Quay. The Group was very well received and made a lasting impression on all who were present. The Group have also performed at Drimnagh Castle during Seachtain na Gaeilge. Their energy and enthusiasm for Irish Music is at the heart of their success. Caisleán are an inspiration to those who enjoy music and appreciate the very best of the Irish Tradition.
Caisleán wish 6th Year members of the Group, Paul, Colm and Adam, every success as they depart Drimnagh Castle.