Nell Galvin Traditional Music Weekend Moyasta
30 August 2013 - 01 September 2013
Ellen (Nell) Galvin as she was locally known was born Ellen McCarthy, and lived at Ballydineen, Knockalough, Co. Clare. She was born in 1887. Around the 1920’s and 1930’s a famous blind Piper named Garret Barry lived in Inagh Co. Clare. He was a regular visitor to the McCarthy home. Nell was one of his pupils and she played both the Concertina and Fiddle from a very young age.
At the age of 14 the Blind Piper insisted that she would be entered for her first “Feis” Competition in Ennis. She won the competition playing the fiddle. At the age of 18 she was again entered for the Munster Championships in Ennis on both the Fiddle and Concertina. She was at the time undecided as to which instrument she would devote her time to. Here, she brought off a remarkable double, winning on both instruments. Her title was later confirmed in Kilkee where the Adjudicator was Mr. Seamus Clandillon, later to be nominated as the first Director of Radio Eireann.
The late Dr. Vincent O’Brien later gave her an audition in Dublin for Radio. This was in 1937 and she successfully broadcast on a number of occasions at that time when Radio Eireann was known as 2 RN.
Nell married Patrick Galvin from Moyasta and reared a family of five children – three boys and two girls. Stephen her youngest son played both the timber flute and piano and often played with his mother Nell with the Kilfenora Ceili Band as guests, and a reel played by them that had no name was later called “Mrs Galvin’s Reel” by the Band and that name still holds today.
She played with some of the greats in Traditional Irish Music such as Willie Clancy, John Kelly, Dr.Bill Loughnane, Mrs Crotty, Sean Reid and Garrett Barry. Willie Clancy was a regular visitor to her home. She held the distinction of being the first Clare Woman to broadcast Traditional Irish Music from 2 RN in 1937.
She died on 5th September 1961 aged 74 years.
Friday 31st August 8.00 p.m. Session with Frank Custy, Teresa Custy, Patrick O’Loughlin and Flan Murtagh. 9.00 p.m. Official opening with Matthew Birmingham followed by sessions with Vincent Griffin,Conor McCarthy, Yvonne Casey, Danny O’Mahony, Davy Lavine and John Kelly. Ceili will follow with Music by Four Courts Ceili Band.
Saturday 1st September FREE MUSIC CLASSES. 11-12pm Tin Whistle Improvers Michael Lavelle. 11-12pm Fiddle classes Improvers Vincent Griffin 12-1 pm Flute classes Improvers Paul Smith 12-1 pm Brush Dancing Beginners McDonagh Brothers (bring your own brush). . 1-2 pm Sean Nos Dancing Mairead Considine. 2-3pm Concertina Improvers. Mairead Considine Registration must take place 15 minutes prior to each class. Afternoon sessions and dancing in Garrihy’s Bar with Ann Hayes Group, James McNamara, Michael Falsey, Mary Ann Sexton James McMahon and other visiting musicians.
Saturday Night: Sessions with Mick Crehan, Ita Crehan, Angela Crotty, Paul Smith, Vincent Griffin, Conor McCarthy, Yvonne Casey, Jedd Foley, Mary McNamara and family, Munnelly family, Frank Whelan and Ennis CCE Group, and local musicians, James O’Halloran, Bernie Keane, Murt Collins, Tom Clohessy, Astrid Adler, Jerone Bos, Tony O’Loughlin, Frankie McNamara, Breda Latham and friends, Tommie McMahon, Michael O’Brien and visiting musicians.
Sunday 2nd: Mass in Lisdeen Church at 9.30 a.m. followed by visit to Nell Galvin’s Grave in Lisdeen Cemetery. Sessions commence at 2 p.m. at Garrihy’s Bar with Kevin Crawford, Tony Linnane, Mick Conneely, Jedd Foley, Mick Crehan, Angela Crotty and visiting musicians. S undayay night: Sessions and Ceili continue with Alan Finn and friends, Siobhan & Una Hogan, together with a host of local and visiting musicians. ALL MUSICIANS SINGERS AND DANCERS ARE WELCOME.
For further information please phone 087-2830511