ITMA Advent Calendar 2019 Day 1

Trad Cherubs Day 1 Guess Who

A very happy Christmas to our fab Trad Cherubs and to everyone who took part in the ITMA GUESS WHO. 

Our lucky winners will be announced in January 2020.

Nollaig Shona Daoibh go léir ó ITMA!


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Trad Cherubs Day 24

The Answer: Ian and Daragh Lynch are our bank of brothers ... the band of course is Lankum!

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed brothers Ian and Daragh.

The names of all those who guessed correctly will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy Lankum in concert at the Frank Harte Festival singing their own composition Cold Old Fire. The was performance was recorded by ITMA Staff in Dublin.

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Trad Cherubs Day 23

The Answer: Karan Casey

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed the penultimate cherub Karan Casey. 

The names of all those who guessed correctly will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a song from Karan in a concert to mark the launch of the ITMA Ephemera Collection in April 2019. The song was recorded in the Reading Room of 73 Merrion Square by ITMA Staff. 

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Trad Cherubs Day 22

The Answer: Mary Bergin

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly recognised Mary Bergin.

The names of all those who guessed correctly will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Mary in the company of Marion McCarthy playing two slip jigs: The kid on the mountain and Hardiman the Fiddler. This performance was recorded by ITMA Staff at the Willie Clancy Summer School 2019.

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Trad Cherubs Day 21

The Answer: Our banner boy is Jack Talty

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed Jack Talty, the current ITMA/Clare Arts Office Duala Creator-in-Residence. Jack is working withi Maurice Gunning on this project which will be launched in 2020.

The names of all those who guessed correctly will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Jack playing the Heathery Breeze reel at the launch of Duala in 73 Merrion Square, Dublin. This event was recorded by ITMA staff.


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Trad Cherubs Day 20

The Answer: Síle Denvir

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed our young singer was none other than singer/harper Síle Denvir. And an ITMA Board member!

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Síle singing Dónal Óg at Sean Nós Cois Life in 2014. This event was recorded by ITMA staff.


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Trad Cherubs Day 19

The Answer: Nicholas Carolan

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed our young man who went west along the road was of course Nicholas Carolan.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Nicholas as he introduces us to Canon James Goodman at the ITMA Goodman Seminar held in 73 Merrion Square in October 2016. This event was recorded by ITMA staff.

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Trad Cherubs Day 18

The Answer: Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed our concertina player/dancer, Caitlín Nic Gabhann

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Caitlín with Caoimhín Ó Fearghail playing a set of jigs: Mrs. Galvin's; Coleman's Cross, Báitheadh Bhruclais, and a Jig for Bernie, recorded by ITMA Staff at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School, 2012.

Many thanks to Caitlín for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 17

The Answer: Gay McKeon is our True Blue!

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed uilleann piper Gay McKeon.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Gay playing with his sons Conor & Seán at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in November 2019.  The set of jigs: Tom Billy's, The hag at the churn and Patsy Geary's was recorded by the ITMA Field Recording Team.

Many thanks to Gay for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 16

The Answer: Zoe Conway

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed Zoe Conway.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Zoe singing Coinleach glas an fhomháir at Honoria Galwey Weekend in Moville, Co. Donegal in 2018. This recording was made by the ITMA Field Recording Team.

Many thanks to Zoe for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 15

The Answer: Lillis Ó Laoire

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed Lillis Ó Laoire.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Lillis at the Festival of Early Irish Harp 2019 in Kilkenny. This recording was made by the ITMA Field Recording Team.

Many thanks to Lillis for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 14

The Answer: Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed Máire Ní Chathasaigh

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Máire at the Willie Clancy Summer School 2016. This recording was made by the ITMA Field Recording Team.

Many thanks to Máire for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 13

The Answer: It was Hammy Hamilton who huffed and puffed!

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly recognised  flute player, Hammy Hamilton.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Hammy recorded by ITMA Staff in August 2018 at the ITMA Heritage Week Concert in 73 Merrion Square. Hammy is playing the slow air An buachaill caol dubh.

Many thanks to Hammy for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!


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Trad Cherubs Day 12

The Answer: Kathleen Loughnane was our Minstrel Girl 

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly recognised the harper Kathleen Loughnane.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Katheen recorded by ITMA Staff in October 2019 at the Achill International Harp Festival. Kathleen is playing an air from the Connellan Collection. 

Many thanks to Kathleen for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 11

The Answer: Our cool Cavan dude is of course Martin Donohue

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed Martin Donohue.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Martin from the Willie Clancy Summer School 2019 playing the planxty, Charles Coote and barndance, the Dances at Kinvara. This recording was made by the ITMA Field Recording Team.

Many thanks to Martin for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 10

The Answer: The two sisters side by side are Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed Maighread and Tríona Ni Dhomnhaill.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Maighread, Tríona and Dáithí Sproule singing Suantraí Hiúdaí in Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal in 2013, a recording made by the ITMA Field Recording Team.

Many thanks to Maighread and Tríona for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 9

The Answer: Ye Vagabonds, Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly followed up to Carlow to guess Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, Ye Vagabonds.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Ye Vagabonds singing On yonder hill at the Cobblestone Bar, Dublin in 2017 recording by the ITMA Field Recording Team.

Many thanks to Brían and Diarmuid for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!


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Trad Cherubs Day 8

The Answer: Edwina Guckian

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed our dancing queen in Day 8 is Edwina Guckian.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Edwina dancing at the 2018 Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare.

Many thanks to Edwina for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

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Trad Cherubs Day 7

The Answer: Len Graham

Thanks to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed the Northern Star in Day 7 is Len Graham.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Len singing Tom Targer. We are very grateful to Michael Fortune, folklore & song collector/videographer who recorded the song in December 2014, as part of the series Man, Woman and Child. This series was devised and co-ordinated by Michael Fortune and Aileen Lambert.

Many thanks to Len for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!


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Trad Cherubs Day 6

The Answer: Louise and Michelle Mulcahy

Congratulations to everyone who participated and well done to those who correctly guessed that the Limerick Lasses were Louise and Michelle Mulcahy.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Louise and Michelle playing a set of reels with their father Mick recorded Willie Clancy Summer School in July 2018.

Many thanks to Louise and Michelle for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!


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Trad Cherubs Day 5

The Answer: Jimmy Crowley

Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially those who correctly guessed the name of our rebel cherub is none other that Jimmy Crowley.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Jimmy singing The doll in Cash's window, recorded by ITMA at the Willie Clancy Summer School in July 2010.

Many thanks to Jimmy for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!


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Trad Cherubs Day 4

The Answer: Edel Fox

Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially those who correctly guessed the name of the Cherub was Edel Fox.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Edel playing a set of jigs accompanied by John Joe Kelly at Belfast TradFest, July 2019.

Many thanks to Edel for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!


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Trad Cherubs Day 3

The Answer: Michael Tubridy

Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially those who correctly guessed that Michael Tubridy, flute player and dancer. 

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Michael in the company of Seán Keane, fiddle, and Mary Corcoran, keyboards, at the Tony MacMahon Tribute Concert in Liberty Hall, Dublin in April 2019.

Many thanks to Michael for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

Trad Cherubs Day 2

The Answer: Nell Ní Chrónín

Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially those who correctly guessed that our sean-nós star is Nell Ní Chrónín.

Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Nell accompanied by harper Elaine Hogan recorded by ITMA only a matter of weeks ago at Achill International Harp Festival 2019.

Many thanks to Nell for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

Trad Cherubs Day 1 

The Answer: Dónal Lunny

Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially those who correctly guessed Dónal Lunny. Those names will go in to the drum for the Christmas prize.

Time now to sit back and enjoy a recording of Dónal recorded by ITMA at The Honoria Galwey Weekend 2018 in Moville, Co. Donegal. 

Many thanks to Dónal for being part of Trad Cherubs 2019!

What's it all about?

This year we are featuring 24 bonny babies who have grown up to be among Ireland's finest traditional music performers. 

From 1 December at 12 noon GMT each day, a mystery bonny baby photo will be released on social media (facebook, instagram and twitter) and our website, where you will have a chance to guess their identity in the post comments. 

At 12 noon GMT the following day, their identity will be revealed with a performance selected from the ITMA Field Recording Collection. All 'correct' answers will be added to a draw for a a special ITMA prize on Christmas Day. 

We will then release the next Mystery image and so it will continue until Christmas Day. 

Confused? Have a listen to Áine Hensey explain all and don't worry, once we get going it will work a treat!