Teach An Bonnán Buí continues to grow music, arts and culture among the beautiful townlands of Oriel

October 16, 2012

A wise man once said, “Where words fail, music speaks”.  If this be the case, then the townlands of South Armagh, North Louth, East Monaghan and West Down are shouting at the top of their voices. Never has the Oriel been so alive with the sound of traditional music and song! Children from all over are coming to the CCE An Bonnán Buí Branch of Comhaltas in Crossmaglen to learn, play and have fun with their chosen instrument.

At last week’s Junior Session in the Cross Square Hotel, some 70 adults and children huddled together for two hours and enjoyed all the benefits that traditional music has to offer. On Wednesday night (10th Sept), members of CCE An Bonnán Buí went to Clonalig to play at Sheelgh Youth Club’s opening night and the beauty of the new murals on display were delightfully matched by the wonderful music played.


After last month’s ‘epic’ Folk Club night out with trad music sensation ‘Reel It In’, this month will, once again, raise the bar ever higher. This month’s Folk Club artist will be none other than the amazing traditional ballad singer ‘Rosie Stewart’.

Rosie Stewart is a singer and ambassador for traditional Ulster singing. With a style that is entirely her own, she sings from a broad repertoire of songs – some 20 and some 200 years old. From Cashel in the parish of Garrisson in Co. Fermanagh, she is recognised as one of the finest women singers in the country at this moment. She has appeared on RTE’s The Pure Drop, BBC’s The Corner House and has recorded songs for Channel 4’s “Irish History’. She has recorded two albums, ‘Adieu to Lovely Garrisson’ and ‘On The Leitrim Mountainside’.

Folk Club An Bonnán Buí will take place on Friday 26th October in Cross Square Hotel. Doors will open at 8.30pm and it’ll all kick off at 9pm. Tickets are available at the Cross Square Hotel.


Over the next week Teach An Bonnán Buí will be visiting schools about the townlands of Oriel to let everybody know about the wonderful Arts & Craft classes for children which will be commencing on the 20th October. The classes will have as their focus local areas and stories of cultural and historical significance and will be overseen by professional artist Susan Farrelly. Susan’s CV is unequalled and she has the innate ability to really pull the most creative elements of an individual’s nature to the fore. Susan runs her own very successful Art Camp for children at Abbey Studios in Reaghstown and being a parent herself she is no stranger to the needs and the wonder of children. She recently managed the mural project at Sheelagh Youth Club where local children each chose a townland which they integrated into the mural on the walls of the club. The classes she has planned promise to be a really fantastic way for children to be creative and have fun and, at the same time, learn something important about their community. If anyone is interested, they should contact Pearse on 0876779108.


Starting this Wednesday night, Teach An Bonnán Buí will be commencing Set Dancing Classes under the tutelage of the very well respected choreograpoher, Seamus Robinson. Classes will take place from 8:30pm to 10:00pm in the Ranger’s Hall and a number of people are already signed up to take part, so don’t be afraid to come along and throw a few shapes.

Another wise man once said, “The rate of change is always changing”, and with that in mind, Teach An Bonnán Buí will endeavor to introduce new and better events as we progress through the months and years ahead.