TV TUNES?Accordion player Darragh Healy and dancer Cathy Scanlon in McGing’s Bar, Westport, for An Samhradh Linn.
An Samhradh Linn returns to Mayo
The third series of TG4’s An Samhradh Linn continues this Thursday, July 18, at 9pm, when the programme returns to County Mayo, and host Síle Ní Bhraonáin brings us the finest traditional music, up-and-coming talent, local cuisine and heritage attractions the county has to offer.
Síle visits the atmospheric McGing’s Bar in Westport, where excellent local musicians Marie McHugh, Heather Cole-Mullen, Liam McGonigle and Shane Mulchrone regale us with the best of traditional Irish music. Sixteen-year-old box-player Tony Sweeney from Belmullet – definitely a rising star – plays a tune, while the delightful Creena Mulchrone sings. Renowned dancer Cathy Scanlon entertains with a sean-nós dance, accompanied by the extremely talented accordionist, Darragh Healy.
Síle also drops in on The Café at Sol Rio in Westport, where owner/chef José Barroso shows how to prepare a scrumptious chicken curry in pitta bread.
An Samhradh Linn then heads north, as it follows Uinsíonn Mac Grath and Stiofán Ó Donnacadha as they explore the Céide Fields near Ballycastle and find out all about the Stone Age settlement, consisting of field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs. The stone walled fields, extending over thousands of acres, are almost 6,000 years old. They are covered by a natural blanket bog with its own unique vegetation and wildlife.