Irish traditional music legend Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has said her new television programme has enabled her learn more about some of her well-known musical friends in their native counties, including Tyrone’s Arty McGlynn and Juliet Turner.
The Donegal native visited the two musicians as part of her new television series Aniar Aduaidh which runs on Fridays nights at 7.30pm on RTÉ One.
The six-part series sees Mairéad explore some of the North’s most attractive spots while visiting some of her musical friends who show her around.
A very personal journey, the numerous performers Mairéad meets along the way during the six-part series take her lead and share their own strongest influences.
This Friday evening, she journeys to Tyrone where she meets singer/songwriter Juliet Turner, finds out about American influences on Irish music at the Ulster American Folk Park with Cathal Hayden and (fellow Altan member) Ciarán Tourish, and takes in a live jazz session in Omagh with old friends Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn.
During the series Mairéad meets close friends that she has know for us all around the North West and Ulster, but the programme gives her an opportunity to learn more about them.
She said, “We focused on the things they wanted to show us. Arty McGlynn, for example, is renowned for his traditional music, but what a lot of people may not know is that he is also a fantastic Jazz guitarist and he takes us to his weekly jazz session in Omagh.”
Aniar Aduaidh is a rare opportunity to see many of the North’s very distinguished artists as we have never seen them before; in their own environments and yet not shying from the viewer’s desire to see them doing what they do best; performing.