SONGS FOR BÉAL TUINNE
In 2007 Shaun Davey and Rita Connolly formed a band with their neighbours in a small village in West Kerry, to perform a specially-composed collection of songs. The words of the songs - in Irish - are from the poems of local poet, Caomhín ó Cinneide (d. 1982). The band was named Béal Tuinne (The Breaking Wave) after the name of his boat. The band also features Seamus Begley, Eilís Kennedy and Lawrence Courtney, and Eóin ó Beaglaoich, joined by Jim Murray, Gerry O'Beirne, Donagh Hennessey and Daithi O Sé. They recorded the album Béal Tuinne, live in Dingle in 2007 and toured for several years with concerts including The National Concert Hall, Dublin. Trinity College, Dublin and the Irish Cultural Centre, Paris. Their collaboration is the subject of a TV film documentary made for RTE's An Droichead Beo (The Living Bridge). Excerpts below appear by courtesy of Phillip King and South Wind Blows productions.