An all-star line up of musicians, tutors and performers will gather at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin to celebrate the life and legacy of Caoimhín Ó Dochartaigh. Visitors will be offered the chance to take part in one off musical masterclasses with world renowned traditional musicians Frankie Gavin (fiddle), Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes) and Ross Ainslie (bagpipes). Support for the festival comes from the Arts Council NI, Foras na Gaeilge and Derry City Council.
There will also be workshops in harp, fiddle, flute, whistle, bodhrán and intensive Irish language courses on offer for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. On February 7, Club Chaoimhín will feature late night tunes with Brian Mullen, Cran, Alan Burke, Michael Rooney and June McCormack.
On Saturday February 8 there will be an exclusive concert bringing together trad legends Frankie Gavin and De Dannan, Alan Burke and the Jarlath Henderson & Ross Ainslie Trio.
Local musician will also get the chance to shine, on Thursday February 6 the uber talented Carlin family launch their first CD, ‘A Language Within’. Born and raised in Creggan, Stephen, Karen and Ciaran Carlin were former students of Caoimhín Ó Dochartaigh and have been steeped in traditional music from a very young age.
The city lost a true cultural ambassador when Caoimhín (who was born and raised in the Brandywell area) passed away in September 2009. Musician, teacher, arts organizer, man of action and ideas - Caoimhín will be remembered by many people in the city and beyond for the contribution he made to Irish music and culture over 40 years. He helped form the first branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Derry in 1972 and was instrumental with his wife Eibhlín in the development of Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, which opened just weeks before his death.
Tickets are available for all events and can be purchased from Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin or online.