- 06 Mar 09
Mick Flannery is just one of the top artists featured singing a track on Seachtain na Gaeilge’s Irish language compilation Ceol ’09, due for release next month. Jackie Hayden talks to him about the experience.
One of the annual features on the Irish record scene is the release by Seachtain na Gaeilge of a CD compilation featuring some of the top Irish stars, performing songs in the Irish language. In the past, homegrown acts of the calibre of Bell X1, The Corrs, The Saw Doctors, Mundy, Declan O’Rourke, The Walls, Luan Parle and The Frames have featured on these albums. One of the attractions is that a great fluency with the language is not essential for artists to be invited to take part. Some of course are also at the black belt level when it comes to doing the “as Gaeilge” thing, but the project can also be as much of a learning (or re-learning) process for artists like Mick Flannery whose knowledge of the language might be a little sketchy.
For more on Ceol ‘09, see www.snag.ie