In a fascinating and exciting new TG4 eight part documentary series entitled 'NA BAILÉID' singer/songwriter John Spillane will take to the roads of Ireland, exploring the origins of the greatest of the famous, big, traditional Irish ballads.

From THE ROCKS OF BAWN to THE CLIFFS OF DOONEEN, from SKIBBEREEN to THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE, from CARRICKFERGUS to THE CURRAGH OF KILDARE, this promises to be an exciting musical pilgrimage around the island of Ireland. No nation under the sun holds such a rich store of songs and music as the Irish; if you were to explore the National Music of any country on earth, nowhere would you find such treasures as we hold here on this island. John will unearth the stories behind the songs and songwriters with local people, song collectors, singers, folklorists, historians or anyone who can help him on his quest.

He will hear standout performances in quiet and intimate settings from Irish singers who have made these ballads their own and he will sometimes accompany the singer on guitar. Each programme will end with the Big Ballad in the episode title from the selected performer. For the first time on TG4 this documentary series ‘Na Bailéid’ will be an exciting and fascinating exploration of the great ballads of Ireland. The songs and performances are listed below:

Clár 1 – Tx date: 04/09/16 Mo Ghile Mear Iarla Ó Lionard accompanied by John Spillane on guitar. Skibbereen Don Stiffe accompanied by Kathleen Boyle on keyboard. The Boys of Barr na Sraide Róisín Ryan accompanied by John Spillane on guitar.

Clár 2 – Tx date: 11/09/16 Shanagolden Mick Flannery and Yvonne Daly Eamonn an Chnoic Deirdre Scanlan The Cliffs of Dooneen Tommy Fleming accompanied by John Spillane on guitar.

Clár 3 – Tx date: 18/09/16 The Rocks of Bawn Niamh Parsons accompanied by Graham Dunne on guitar. The West’s Awake Damien Dempsey Dónal Óg Elaine Cormican accompanied by Nigel Grufferty on fiddle.

Clár 4 – Tx date: 25/09/16 Roisín Dubh Mairead Ní Maonaigh Down by the Salley Garden Cathy Jordon accompanied by Seamie O’Dowd on guitar She moved through the Fair Moya Brennan accompanied by John Spillane on guitar

Clár 5 - Tx date: 02/10/16 Carrickfergus Liam Ó Maonlai The Mountains of Mourne Seán Tyrrell Airdí Cuan Ciara McCrickard accompanied by Stephen Rooney on guitar

Clár 6 – Tx date: 09/10/16 On Raglan Road Ye Vagabonds Óro Sé do Bheatha Abhaile Nell Ní Chroinín Down by the Glenside Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh accompanied by John Spillane on guitar

Clár 7 – Tx date: 16/10/16 The Curragh of Kildare Eddi Reader accompanied by John Spillane on guitar Eibhlín a Rún Seamus Begley & Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich Whiskey in the Jar The Unwanted – Seamie O’Dowd, Cathy Jordan and Rick Epping

Clár 8 – Tx date: 23/10/16 Sliabh na mBán Brendan Begley accompanied by Michael Ó Suilleabhain on piano Follow me up to Carlow John Spillane accompanied by Danny Grace on mandolin and Bob Grace on guitar and Donnacha Gough on bodhrán. Boolavogue Anthony Kearns NA BAILÉID TG4 September 2016 Contact: Tony McCarthy, ForeFront, 087 2457485.

Published on 2nd August 2016

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