Beginning in 2015, we have highlighted the repertoire and style of County Monaghan and the wider Oriel region, i.e. South Armagh, North Louth, East Cavan and North East Meath. Seán Mc Elwain was asked to provide performances and classes in Monaghan music of the late 19th and early 20th century. From this collaboration we completed the production of an archival video of Seán’s lecture and recital on the Monaghan Piping Tradition.
We have also incorporated this music into our weekly classes and in the music we have taught to music students from our twinned of Carhaix in Brittany, France. It also featured in the 1916 centenary CD we produced and in performances for the South Monaghan Arts Network.
Gerry O’Connor was commissioned to take on this local repertoire performance and teaching role at the 2017 Féile Patrick Byrne. His focus has been on the Luke Donnellan collection of music from this area. Gerry’s involvement since 2017 has built on Seán’s work and broadened the appreciation and knowledge of the regional repertoire among local musicians.