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MYTH IN THE MUSIC
by Siofra Kilroy
Local Irish composer Joe Thoma of Kenmare, County Kerry on the South
West coast of Ireland, has created a musical innovation in the form
of `Inbhear Sceine'.
The project is an original composition of Celtic music that
recaptures some of the mythical history surrounding the Kenmare Bay,
telling these legends through the sounds of wind, string and
percussion instruments. `Inbhear Sceine' is the ancient name given
to the estuary that flows into Kenmare town which in present times
is known as Kenmare Bay. `Inbhear' being the Gaelic translation for
estuary, and `Sceine' ; the princess after whom the estuary was
named by Amerghin a Gaelic poet who legend tells composed the first
ever poem on Irish soil.
Joe Thoma has used the evocative sound of the Uileann pipes to
convey the melancholy of the loss of Princess Sceine, while using
this instrument's incredible versatility to also recapture the power
of battle when the Milesians; ancestors of the Celts, invaded
Ireland in 2000BC, raging battle on Ireland's ruling tribe the
Tuatha De Danann.
Joe collaborated with music teacher Peggy Healy and local children
in the creating of an orchestra to play `Inbhear Sceine', with the
project culminating in a live open air concert. The performance
took place in a park in the heart of Kenmare town July 2000,
accompanied by Irish Uileann piper Mick O' Brien and a stunning
display of Irish dancing.
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