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St. Patrick’s Festival presents

ABAIR In Conversation: Dáibhidh Stiúbhaird & Len Graham, hosted by Ruth Smith

Dáibhidh Stiúbhard

Is a traditional singer from County Tyrone. He is part of a new generation of singers who take their cues from legends of the Ulster tradition such as Paddy Tunney, Sarah Makem, and Rita Gallagher. He is passionate about promoting a message of shared culture and heritage, embracing both the Ulster Scots and Irish aspects of Northern Irish culture in his music.

In 2018, he became an Ulster traditional singing champion at the Fleadh Cheoil, and in 2020 he releases his debut album, An Sionnach Dubh: a collection of classic folk songs from Ireland and Scotland alongside newly-penned originals.

Len Graham

Has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982. After he won the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann traditional singing competition in 1971 his reputation began to spread, and at the same time his own passion for the songs of his native Ulster was growing. He has released a number of albums and books and in 2002 was awarded the TG4 National Music Award for “Traditional Singer of the Year.”

Abair:

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

Abair is a program of traditional singing and storytelling events exploring the oral folk traditions of Ireland. Taken from the Irish word meaning both ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’, the four-day program offers a broad range of intimate, unplugged performances, each highlighting the richness and beauty of the Irish singing and storytelling traditions still preserved and practiced to the present day.

The events will also feature a 'songs from the floor' session, giving audience members a chance to provide a song or story of their own, relevant to the theme of ‘treasures’.