Music and Story from the Courts, Castles, and Kitchens of Ireland…
‘Cultural Research’ and ‘Ireland’s Music in Context’ are two phrases that have become synonomous with the the work of Tale of the Gael in recent times. We are very proud of that, as we devote a lot of time to sculpting history and music into a performance that rolls off the stage as something that informs as it entertains and in some ways draws diverse strands of the same culture entity together. It can be history laced with song, or dance music edged with poetry, it can be a gentle Carolan piece spiced with anecdote, and it will always tell a tale of the Gael.
The traditional music side of the group is firmly rooted in the uillean pipes and fiddle, while a more classical sound is introduced through the silver flute. Add harp, bodhran, bass and bouzouki, singing and sometimes an actor and a specially written script. The result is an evening that not just delivers Irish music, but brings echoes of it’s origins, historical scope and context into the mix too. Recent and on-going projects include:
‘The Flight of the Earls 2008,
The O Donnell Chieftains of Tir Chonaill, 2010,
Remembering Brian Boru 2014,
The Poet and the Harper: Yeats and Carolan 2011-2015,
Lady Gregory’s Legacy 2015 / Yeats 150: Harp Festival of Moons
Ireland: 100 Years a Nation 2016
Just Music…Tale also plays events that are purely musical…a mix of Ireland’s finest dance music, songs, 18th century harp music and contemporary pieces… for events that don’t require the spoken word, but do require a finely blended, non-intrusive repertoire of Irish music.
Working like this, everything is always new…
Described as ‘highly entertaining, well crafted and musically outstanding’ most of the recent performances have had audiences on their feet. Individually, Tale of the Gael have played for diplomats and film starts, with orchestras, choirs, and as solo performers, at music festivals from New Zealand to South Africa, all over Europe and the U.S., in Carnegie Hall and the Zurich Opera House, and of course regularly in their own kitchens and local sessions…
Upcoming Events The site will give you an idea of what the band has done, and will be doing until the end of the year. (Scroll up to find it)