Vocal Chords: Treasa Ní Mhiolláin teaches Michael Gallen Sean Nós singing

Oct 31, 2014, 05:12 PM

Iarla and one of the Vocal Chords producers Michael Gallen visited Treasa at her home on the beautiful island of Inis Mór, Co Galway. Here, Treasa a renowned sean nós singer and winner of the sean nós Cois Life award teaches Michael, who is the lead singer with band Ana Gog, the art of sean nós singing.

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Iarla: Anyway, which song would you think he’d be..d’you think..d’ya have a look at him there, what song do you think he’s got in him?

Treasa Ní Mhiolláin: (laughs in background)

Iarla: (laughs)

Michael Gallen: (speaking over laughter) There isn’t any song in me...right.

Treasa: We’ll try the *irish song name* so.

Michael: Okay.

Treasa: (sings phrase in Irish.)

Michael: Repeats what TM sang with her help.

Treasa: Again.

*both begin phrase but stop after a few words*

Treasa: Yeah...

*both sing phrase again but Treasa finishes alone*

*Michael begins phrase and Treasa finishes it, Michael imitates ending*

Treasa: Yeah!


*Treasa sings new phrase in Irish.*

*Michael tries to imitate with Treasa’s help but falters at end so Treasa finishes phrase*

*Michael reattempts ending with Treasa’s help*

Treasa: *speaks irish*

*Both sing original phrase*

*Treasa sings second phrase and Michael imitates beginning, Treasa finishes for him*

*Michael tries to sing the ending of second phrase again, falters twice but Treasa helps him finish.*


*Treasa sings the next phrase of the song*

*Treasa teaches Michael each individual part of the phrase before they both sing it together*

*Treasa sings last phrase twice. Michael joins in the second time.*




Photo credit: Iarla Ó'Lionáird


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