Traditional Irish Singing: A Journey of Ireland Through Song with Edel Meade

Sunday, June 4, 11am - 2 pm (in-person workshop)

Traditional Irish Singing: A Journey of Ireland Through Song with Edel Meade
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Vocal Performance
Day Sun
Instructor Edel Meade
Status inperson event

Ireland has a rich legacy of traditional music, storytelling and songs which have been passed down through generations in the oral tradition. Join our visiting Fulbright Scholar from Ireland, Edel Meade who will lead this 3-hour workshop based on traditional Irish singing from the hills of Donegal, the rugged cliffs of Kerry, the wilds of Connemara & lots more! 
Edel will share her passion for the songs from her homeland including the ancient sean-nós tradition and participants will gain a fascinating insight into Ireland’s rich cultural heritage as well as the practical skills to perform these songs in a supportive setting. The course will be taught in English, but will introduce participants to songs in English and in Gaelic. Translations and phonetics will be provided, where necessary.
About Edel Meade: 

A strikingly original artist working in the field of jazz, folk and contemporary music; Edel Meade is a vocalist, composer, performer and educator from County Tipperary, Ireland with a passion for the songs and culture of Ireland and Scotland. Her latest album of original music, Brigids and Patricias was released in 2021 to critical acclaim reflecting on what it means to be a woman in 21st century Ireland, informed by Irish history, folklore and contemporary society following on from the success of her debut album, Blue Fantasia in 2017. She spent over a decade working as a professional jazz singer in Dublin before moving to Limerick in 2018 to hone her songwriting skills at the University of Limerick. The change in location gave her the freedom to explore new musical terrain and her identity as an Irish singer, Irish songwriter and Irish woman. These days, for Edel, music-making is less about playing within the confines of a specific genre and more about stretching her abilities as a creative artist with something to say. Edel is an experienced educator and holds Masters Degrees in Irish Traditional Music Performance, and Songwriting; and Bachelors Degrees in Jazz Performance, and in Journalism with the Irish language. She has studied Scots-Gaelic singing at Sabhal Mòr Òstaig on the Isle of Skye, Scotland; and recently undertook intensive training in the art of sean-nós singing with Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain with support from the Arts Council of Ireland. Edel was selected for the prestigious Fulbright-Creative Ireland Professional Fellowship Award 2022-2023 to explore the intersection between jazz and traditional music and song from Ireland under the mentorship of Laurie Antonioli at the California Jazz Conservatory in 2023, culminating in a world premiere live concert performance in collaboration with Bay Area musicians at the CJC on May 26, 2023.