Guth na nGael is a new landmark music documentary series which explores Irish song through the ages to see if there are discernible thematic threads in our music and song. In each of the six programmes, singer and musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan) embarks on a musical journey of discovery around Ireland, and by jamming and chatting with a host of traditional and contemporary musicians, she endeavours to explore the recurring themes in our music. What particular hang-ups do Irish songwriters have? What threads emerge in our songs that define us as a people? Just why is it that all our wars are merry, and all our songs are sad?
This six part series traces the story of our songs and sounds under the following heady themes: Home & the Homeland; Rebel Songs & Defiance; Unrequited Love; Spirituality & the Gods; Liquor & Lust; Keening & the Blues. This unique series parses these subjects with Irish singers ranging from balladeers to sean-nós singers to contemporary singer-songwriters, and features spellbinding musical performances filmed in stunning locations around Ireland.
Episode 5: Liquor & Lust
There’s no doubt that our twin vices of liquor and lust have proved fertile for Irish singers throughout the ages.
In the penultimate episode of this music documentary series, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh questions if the Irish have a penchant for bawdy songs in our tradition, and whether the nation’s complicated relationship with the demon drink has been a help or a hindrance to our songwriters.
Featuring musical contributions from Damien Dempsey, Mary Coughlan, Peter Sheridan, balladeer Barry Gleeson & Donegal sean-nós singer Brian Ó Domhnaill.
For further information, DVD and / or interview contacts please contact:
Laura Ní Cheallaigh (Producer): T: 086 8449410 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paddy Hayes (Director): T: 087 2896718 E: email@example.com