A new TG4 show will celebrate the musical identity of Ireland’s counties, with its second episode focusing on Co. Kilkenny. Broadcast weekly on Sunday nights from August 14, Cúltír will showcase the depth of our counties’ musical talent, with a particular focus on live traditional and folk music.
Presented by singer Pauline Scanlon, episode 2, recorded live at the Manor House, Mount Juliet, will be broadcast on Sunday August 21 on TG4 at 9.30 p.m.
The episode will feature legendary singer-songwriter (and long-time Kilkenny resident) Mick Hanley performing alongside Mick McCauley. The celebrated Camerata Kilkenny pay tribute to the county’s long history of chamber music, in an innovative collaboration with uilleann piper David Power.
As well as these greats of contemporary music, the younger generation of Kilkenny musicians also get a look-in. Local youngsters Burnchurch and indie group Seo Linn perform for our appreciative live audience, just part of a cracking line-up at the famous venue.
In addition to the live music segments, the show also sees co-presenter Aoife Ní Bhriain – the world-class violinist – hit the streets and by-roads of Co. Kilkenny in search of the county’s soul.
Aoife explores the county’s heritage of stonemasonry, and takes a trip down the beautiful Nore, to explore the county’s intimate relationship to its river. Aoife also ventures to Inistioge, to meet and perform with the legendary musician Iarla Ó Líonard, who has made the county his home.
Episode 2 of Cúltír will be broadcast at 9.30pm on Sunday August 21, with the first series of the show continuing for a run of six weeks from August 14.
Photo: Pauline Scanlon with Baroque Ensemble Camerata Kilkenny and piper David Power for Cultir TG4
This project is funded by the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme