Abair | Holyhead
An Evening of Songs and Stories from Ireland and Wales
Holyhead is an international collaboration of music and shared history, co-curated by folk singers Macdara Yeates and Gwilym Bowen Rhys.
Using the Dublin-Holyhead sailing route as a central theme, the event brings together artists from Wales and Ireland to explore shared traditions and folk customs, covering everything from the Welsh and Irish harping traditions to the rich vein of emigration songs in which Holyhead port plays a central role.
Cerys Hafana (Wal)
Fergus Russell (Ire)
Linda Griffiths (Wal)
Micheál Ó Catháin (Ire)
Gwilym Bowen Rhys (Wal)
Macdara Yeates (Ire)
ABAIR is an annual oral traditions programme taking place as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival which explores the Irish traditions of storytelling, song, and oral history and traces their links around the world.
Curated by traditional singer Macdara Yeates, and now in its 6th year, the multi-format programme offers a wide array of concerts, pop-ups and storytelling sessions that examine the relationship between the sung and spoken word in Ireland and abroad (the Irish word ‘Abair’ translates roughly as both ‘to say’ and ‘to sing’).
ABAIR is supported by the Arts Council Traditional Arts Fund.