The Quiet Tree is an intimate and mesmerising Irish traditional music performance specifically designed for children in Junior/Senior Infants and First Class.
Infused with puppetry and storytelling, this musical adventure tells the story of the creatures of Whistleberry Forest who have discovered a little oak tree growing deep in the woods. However, there are no birds singing, no leaves rustling, and no animals scurrying around its trunk. This delightful show takes children and accompanying adults on a journey through the forest where they explore musical instruments, sing, and dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life.
Listen to some of the music and songs from The Quiet Tree at whistleberryforest.bandcamp.com
The Quiet Tree was developed with the kind support of The Ark.
This year at Tradoodle, children can experience the thrill of sean nós dancing as they shuffle and stamp their feet to the beat in this fun-filled workshop. Renowned dancer and musician Sibéal Davitt, known for her appearances on RTÉ’s ‘Centenary’ and TG4’s ‘Glas Vegas’ will introduce children to the lively moves of sean nós. There will be lots of fun, games, movement, and laughter, and a chance for children to create and show off their own brand new fancy footwork!
“Fusing sean-nós with contemporary dance Davitt lets loose, delivering a raw, rhythmic, primal yet playful performance that is searingly powerful and a sheer joy to behold.” – Chris O’Rourke, Irish Examiner.
NEWSFLASH! Sibéal can bring her Feet to the Beat workshop directly to your school or crèche. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for available dates and times.
Ceol Connected’s The Far Field is an irresistibly joyful musical tale for young audiences infused with Irish traditional music, puppetry, and folklore.
One Summer day in the little hills of Co. Monaghan, Lonán the farmer discovers a magical whistle hidden in a hare’s nest. Suspecting that it belongs to the fairy folk who live at the edge of his farm, Lonán decides that the whistle should be returned to its rightful owners. Join Lonán on his quest filled with magical traditional music, puppetry, and storytelling to the enchanted ‘Far Field’.
Described as spellbinding, magical, and a gentle and joyful performance for children, The Far Field comes to Tradoodle Festival hot on the heels of its 8-venue nationwide tour of Ireland, supported by The Arts Council.
Alongside Samantha Harvey (keyboard) and Emma Fisher (puppeteer), The Far Field performers include some of Monaghan’s finest traditional musicians: Thomas Johnston (whistles/vocals) and Seán McElwain (guitar/fiddle).