Launch of Ceoltóirí Chualann

Peadar O'Riada,Martin Hayes, Michael Tubridy and Sean O' Se at the launch of Ceoltoiri Chualann at Cork World Book Festival at the City Library, Grand Parade, Cork

The Band that Changed the Course of Irish Music by Peadar Ó Riada

Globally renowned fiddle player Martin Hayes will be on hand on April 26, to launch Peadar Ó Riada’s extraordinary new book, Ceoltóirí Chualann. Peader will also be joined by Seán Ó Sé and Michael Tubridy, for what is set to be a very special evening filled with stories, music, and a unique insight into the “band that changed the course of Irish music.”

This exceptional book, is a vivid blend of memoir and historical narrative, drawing on the rich experience and records of Éamon de Buitléar, Michael Tubridy, and the Ó Riada archives. It also includes 400 musical arrangements and original scores in Seán Ó Riada’s hand.

From the birth of Ceoltóirí Chualann in the 1960s, to the complexities of their trailblazing musical arrangements, composed by the visionary Seán Ó Riada, this book showcases their ability to blend traditional Irish music with complex orchestration.

Formed against the backdrop of a changing Ireland, Ceoltóirí Chualann saw a once marginalised traditional music scene flourish, as their imaginative new take on the classic genre grew in popularity and influence.

The book also gives readers a fascinating, one-of-a-kind insight into the legendary band’s genius creative process, featuring details of rehearsals, recordings, broadcasts, and a detailed discography.

Enriched by Seán Ó Sé’s anecdotes, Ceoltóirí Chualann is a hugely important book that serves as a love letter to the changing face of traditional Irish music and culture, making it a must-read for both enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Join us at The City Library, Grand Parade at 6.30 pm on Friday, April 26, as part of Cork World Book Fest. The event is free, and all are welcome.