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'THE Golden Era of Céilí Music and Dance, 1955 - 1970' with Brian Lawler (Castlebar Library & Ballina Library)

Date(s): Thursday May 15th  3pm & 8pm.

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Mr. Brian Lawler, founder of the Ardellis Céilí Band will give a presentation about the Golden Era of Céilís and Céilí music in Castlebar & Ballina Libraries on Thursday 15th May 2014 .

Brian’s first broadcast on Irish national radio with the Ardellis Céilí Band was in 1957 when he was only twenty. Céilí Music and Céilí Dancing was very popular all over Ireland at this time and the Ardellis was one of the most popular bands in the country.

The band performed regularly on the two most popular National Radio Programmes namely “Take the Floor” and Céilí House'.

National television commenced in Ireland in the early 60’s and the Ardellis were one of the first céilí bands to be featured on the new service. The band continued to perform for céilí dances for the next three decades.

They have made many commercial recordings culminating with a C.D. celebrating forty years of their céilí music.

In the 1970’s, Brian was the regular accompanist for the Irish singer Sean Ó’Se. He also has participated in various radio programmes sharing his céilí memories.

In 1999, Brian commenced an audio research project in conjunction with the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. The objective was to archive by means of audio interviews, the experiences and reflections of the leading people from Ireland, The British Isles and the U.S., who were associated with céilí music and dance during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

He has completed this five year project interviewing sixty nine people. All interviews are available in the Irish Traditional Music Archive, Merrion Square, Dublin. The project title is entitled “The Golden Era of Céilí Music and Dance 1955-1970”

In September 2005, Brian presented a summary of his audio project in Boston College, U.S.A, and delivered a repeat performance in University College Dublin in October 2005 and many times in colleges and libraries since.

The event promises to be an entertaining one. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Further information may be obtained by contacting the library directly.

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