Martin Hayes

Saoithe 6 Dolly Mc Mahon

Saoithe episode 6 features renowned Galway born singer Dolly McMahon in conversation with Lisa Lambe.

Dolly McMahon was born and raised in East Galway into a house that was rich in folklore, history and music. Her father Martin had a stór of local songs and seanchas which he passed on to his daughter Dolly. After marrying Ciarán Mac Mathúna in the mid 1950s, she moved to Dublin and became a central figure in the traditional music and ballad revival in the 1960s. Her album on the Claddagh label 'Dolly' was a seminal release in 1966. Dolly's style and repetoire has been an inspiration to younger singers including contemporary artiste Lisa Lambe. This interview opens a window to Dolly's unique musical background in conversation with Lisa with whom she has developed a close relationship

The long-format Q&A style interviews, with performance and illustrative archival recordings, expand our understanding of these artists by exploring their influences and by seeking out their personal philosophies as traditional artists.

The fortnightly series premiered with Christy Moore in conversation with ITMA Director Liam O'Connor, and can be freely viewed on the ITMA YouTube Channel and on Facebook.

The series continues each fortnight with: Catherine McEvoy, Frankie Gavin, Sarah Ghriallais, Matt Molloy, Dolly McMahon, and Paddy Moloney (1938-2021).

SAOITHE is an extension of ITMA’s online archival series Drawing from the Well which is available to watch here:

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