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Second Feis Teamhra- Hill of Tara 09

category international | arts and media | other press author Monday August 31, 2009 15:53author by Carmel Diviney

Ireland's second Feis Teamhra took place at the Hill of Tara yesterday. It is hoped that this event, a celebration of music and poetry will become an annual event.
Paul Muldoon Master of Ceremonies
Paul Muldoon Master of Ceremonies


Hi all,

If you werenít there you missed a spectacular day that, dare I say it, was even better than last year. Grammy Award winner Susan Mc Keown singing alongside Aidan Brennan on guitar were the opening act and the stage was set. Anyone following them in a performance had a very high standard to live up to but they did . Paul Muldoon Master of Ceremonies for the event treated us to poems about his boyhood pursuits among other things and just as he did last year brought humour and laughter to us with his honey toned voice. After more music from Susan and Aidan, Michael Longley shared poetry which he wrote at the birth of each of his grandchildren. He preluded this by lamenting what the future would hold for our children and grandchildren in a world where reverence has disappeared and respect for nature and culture as evidenced by the M3 Motorway disgrace falls under attack. It was obvious listening to his poetry with its deeply evocative imagery of the sea, land, animals, birds, that his soul connection with the sacred is a very special one.

Laoise Kelly followed with her Harp. It is my favourite instrument and there is no one I would rather hear it played by not just because of her brilliance and accomplished style but because of her heart for Tara. Listening to her play I imagined her back many lifetimes ago bringing her music to the people at Tara just as she did yesterday. I would like to think I was there too listening just as attentively . She shared how Tara had made her fall in love with it like as if falling in love with a man and then had her heart broken in two by the destruction and desecration of the Valley. As joyfully as the Harp expresses exuberance it can evoke the plaintive and the pitiful too.

Local man Kyrie Murray also known as Taraís Bard was up next and sure not to disappoint. Everyone wondered what he would say as he records all the happenings at Tara in verse just the way they are. He launched a passionate, scathing satirical attack on the OPW and the EU and drew whoops of appreciation and applause from the audience. He was a surprise addition to the line up, a last minute entry and I will write up his poem after I have done the photographs so ye can read it for yourselves.

Tara Warrior Brendan Duffin followed Kyrie with tales from Ancient Irish mythology. From these myths he gave us three songs he composed himself and delivered the performance of a lifetime. I am so glad someone was there with a video recorder! I believe he has a My Space page so if someone could provide a link it would be much appreciated. His message was clear, itís not too late, itís never too late. I had shivers going right through me as I listened to him. Paul Muldoon described Brendanís performance as brilliant and it certainly was. Paul then returned to give us some more of his fabulous poetry and itís easy to see how he was awarded the title Poet Laureate. He reads poetry the way it should be read and not everyone can do that! Itís a pleasure to be entertained by the best.

Susan and Aidan graced the stage again and performed a beautiful and rousing song about the healing rivers of Ireland inspired by the famous Chief Seattle speech which she translated into an Irish context. Here is where I fall down in my attempt to do justice to the main performers as I simply do not recall the names of all the songs and poems that were shared, but again it would be really very much appreciated if someone could provide links to these. I especially liked that one J Her voice and passion is simply breathtaking.

After some more poems from Michael Longley the musicians and Susan came together for the final act. Susanís little daughter Roisin joined them on the stage and eclipsed them all receiving warm appreciation from the crowd. Proud Mum and daughter make a fabulous duo and I hope Roisin follows in her motherís footsteps as she could have a glittering career ahead. Perhaps she will lead Feis Teamhra 20.

Carmel

Related Link: http://www.savetara.com

Susan Mc Keown and Aidan Brennan
Susan Mc Keown and Aidan Brennan

Michael Longley
Michael Longley

Laoise Kelly
Laoise Kelly

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author by Carmel Divineypublication date Mon Aug 31, 2009 16:05author address author phone

Enjoy :)

Kyrie Murray, Tara's Bard
Kyrie Murray, Tara's Bard

Brendan Duffin calls the Warriors of Old
Brendan Duffin calls the Warriors of Old

Healing Rivers of Music
Healing Rivers of Music

Group Performance
Group Performance

Mother and Daughter
Mother and Daughter

Related Link: http://www.tarapixie.net
author by TaraTaraTarapublication date Mon Aug 31, 2009 16:27author address author phone

Brendan Duffin's Myspace page. He hopes to have his first gig in September, unmissable!

Related Link: http://www.myspace.com/fifthprovince
author by Carmel Divineypublication date Mon Aug 31, 2009 17:41author address author phone

There is a new permanent display of paintings relating to Tara at the City North Hotel, Gormanstown, Co Meath. Go visit, have lunch, enjoy the gallery. There are some awesome pieces of work there.

Related Link: http://www.threadsofpower.ie/paintings.htm
author by Tara's Bardpublication date Mon Aug 31, 2009 17:55author address author phone

So we all love Tara
But she'll never be the same
Because they destroyed her Valley
And they did it in our name

Where are now the Fianna graves?
They have destroyed them all
Bertie hang your head in shame
And all ye in Fianna Fail

Our Vigil tried to save them
And the Woodhenge and Rath Lugh
But our enemy were many
And we were but a few

Where were the OPW
When our Valley was destroyed
These "Guardians" of our monuments
They should have been annoyed

You may ask did they not do their job?
Or just "What did they do"?
Well! They employed NRA Security
And they attacked us too

Because they betrayed old Tara
They are all no good
Tara is the heart of Ireland
And is stained with Croppy's blood

Great men died for Ireland
So that we could all be free
Free to destroy Tara
And free to join the EEC

So we will give away our country
Without bloodshed cuts or scars
And stand beneath that blue rag
And be one of it's stars

A small fish in a big pond
And no money in our purse
But we deserve no better
Because we're damned by Tara's Curse

So go on then and join Europe
Go on and be a fool
And your kids will fight forever
To gain again Home Rule!

author by paul o toolepublication date Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:36author email pauljotoole at eircom dot netauthor address author phone

Wish I was there....the poem is beautiful...reminds me 'the terible beauty', unfortunately for us it is true......
And the destruction is to continnue with the bbuilding of the new Dublin Port...destroying the homes and graves of the ancients again.....jesus fucking wept..


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