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Success for An Bonnán Buí in 2012

December 22, 2012

“There is a new force in Traditional Music, Art and Culture breathing life into the rural town lands around South Armagh, East Monaghan, West Down and North Louth. T.E.A.C.H. An Bonnán Buí (Traditional Events in Art, Culture and History) has continued to maintain and nurture a growing demand by children and adults alike for workshops and events in different creative arts and are now committed – with the assistance and funding of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland – to keep the programme running into 2013 and, with some careful planning, years and years beyond that.

One of the many feathers in the cap of An Bonnán Buí is the Folk Club. To date, the calibre of artists who have come to play and give workshops has been of such a high standard, it almost beggars belief. It includes among them, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre, Brona Graham & PJ McDonald, Réalta, Reel It In and more recently, Guidewires members Padraig Rynne and Gerdy Thompson. According to Events Organiser Pearse McMahon, “We’ve been blessed with the quality and attitude of the artists we’ve had playing here over the last year. We do our best to look after the artists that come to us and they reciprocate by giving the highest quality tuition and performance. At the outset we had to make a lot of calls trying to lure good musicians here, but the tables have turned and now we find artists are calling us to enquire about coming here to play. So we must be doing something right!” Indeed, it would seem so as, the 29th of December will see top traditional group and globe-trotting tunesmiths BEOGA make their first appearance at Folk Club An Bonnán Buí in the Cross Square Hotel, Crossmaglen.

BEOGA have established themselves as one of the most exciting traditional music acts on the scene over the past ten years. They have released four albums to much acclaim and have thrilled audiences the world over with their wonderfully fluid and exciting style of traditional music. Based in Antrim, they are comprised of accordian player Damian McKee, multi instrumentalist Sean Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley, four times All Ireland bodhran champion Eamon Murray and fiddler Niamh Dunne. If your New Year’s resolution involves exercising more, then a night out at BEOGA is a good place to start as they will definitely have you up on your feet for an hour or so.

With all this excitement going on it must be remembered that it’s not just music that is burning a fire in the area. Art Classes for children were given a test run at Halloween and the results were simply out of this world. The delightful clay sculptures which the children were so enthused about showed that there is a real need for such an outlet for children with a creative nature in these rural town lands. As a result of this, Art Classes for children will recommence in 2013, and, Classes in Landscape and Portrait Art for Adults will also be introduced. An Bonnán Buí also plan to offer classes/workshop in other media – more information about which will be available when the final programme of events for 2013 is drafted and released in the coming weeks.

Anyone interested in attending, volunteering or making suggestions can log on to Facebook and ‘Like’ T.E.A.C.H. An Bonnán Buí or email an_bonnan_bui@yahoo.com or call 00353876779108.

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