Every journey has to start somewhere, in the case of FleadhTV it first appeared on TV screens in 2013 with Fleadh Cheoil taking place in the north of Ireland, for the first time, in Derry (then titled Fleadh Live). A little programme coming from the monster of an event that is Fleadh Cheoil has now become one of TG4’s flagship programmes of the year let alone summer! In 2017 the series was watched by over 700,000 over the weekend of live shows. However FleadhTV isn’t just another music TV show, it’s one of the leading lights of multiscreen viewing with their social channels exploding content. On Fleadh week in 2017, 1 million video views were logged on FleadhTV’s own social networks. This is the very social Fleadh!
Produced by the double IFTA Award winning team at Gifted Empire Productions, led by Paul McKay, FleadhTV is going bigger, longer, brighter and travelling on their biggest journeys yet!
The FleadhTV shows in August are the main stay of the series, this year there is an extra show so it’s now running from Thursday 16th August to Sunday 19th August inclusive from 2030hrs to 2330hrs (or when the music stops!) each night. Fleadh Cheoil 2018 will be taking place on the East Coast of Ireland in Drogheda and excitement is already building for what looks likely to be the summer day trip event to go to.
NEW for this year the team will be taking the Fleadh journey back to where it starts, the Provincial Fleadh’s. The four provinces are covered – Connaught in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim on July 8th, Leinster in Bagnelstown on July 15th then it’s a trip to Ennis, Co Clare for the Munster Fleadh on Sunday 22nd July and finally finishing in Castlewellan, Co Down for the Ulster Fleadh on July 29th. Each show air from 2000hrs to 2130hrs, just in time to tune in to the Sunday Game! The Provincial Fleadh’s are where the competitions are fierce, getting a place at the All-Ireland’s is a huge pride in the traditional music community, expect incredible music from new and well-known talent!
All journeys need an inspiring leader and FleadhTV has this in buckets with Hector Ó hEochagáin returning this year to cause mayhem on the Drogheda streets! Joining him in her debut on FleadhTV is renowned musician and gaeilgóir Doireann Ni Ghlacáin. New to the presenting team also is well known RTÉ Radio 1 presenter and lead vocalist from The Evertides Ruth Smith. For the Provincial Fleadh’s Doireann will take the helm in presenting the shows ably assisted by another newcomer to the team, Aindrias de Staic.
So there you have it, summer is sorted with a musical journey of great “ceol agus caint” from the four corners of Ireland. When you’ve come in from the sun, what better way to round off the day with tunes, tails and a whole lot more, this is no ordinary music and online TV show, this is FleadhTV
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Gifted Empire Productions produce FleadhTV for TG4. Gifted Empire Productions are a Derry based TV Production company that has won two IFTA Awards for their shows. In 2015 they took home the IFTA for Best Life Event for FleadhTV and in 2018 they won again in Best Live Event for TG4XX Beo, the 20th anniversary celebrations of TG4 from NUIG. Paul McKay is Executive Producer and Director. Gifted Empire Productions will produce a brand new TV show from Derry on October 31st, 2018. Samhain Live will celebrate the city’s spectacular Halloween celebrations for the first time on live TV. Samhain Live will be jointly broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland and TG4. The show will feature some of the very best of Irish contemporary musicians and bands.
FleadhTV 2018 Main Show Presenter bios
Hector’s home for 16 years has been TG4, where he has recently returned from the jungles of Central America with his latest TV hit “Hector Central. He is in full development of a number of projects & a brand new travel adventure on TG4 for 2018.
Hector has been entertaining the country on radio over the last few years, first with his hugely popular weekend show with Tommy Tiernan, then he continued to “keep er lit” on acclaimed breakfast show on 2fm & now has resumed radio duties with his brand new “Sunday Sitting room” on Today FM.
Hector has won multiple IFTA awards with his shows have spanned 15 years on our screens. He is unique in creating & writing the majority of his television ideas, from the Horse Racing hit “Only Fools Buy Horses” to “Hanging with Hector” and on to the series where he immersed himself in sub cultures all over the country “Hector Goes”, which aired on Primetime RTE 1 in 2013 & 2014.
Doireann Ní Ghlacáin, hails from Dublin and is currently undergoing a PHD in Irish in NUIG. Her thesis is based on the sean nós songs of the Muskerry Gaeltacht, many of which were reintroduced into the modern tradition by her maternal grandfather, Seán Ó’Riada. Although an accomplished sean nós singer, having won many prestigious awards such as that of Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Glackin is better known for her fiddle playing. She learnt the fiddle from her father Kevin Glackin and has gone on to bring her music to the world stage in recent years. She has also performed on all major traditional music broadcasts of late such as HUP, Béaloideas Beo and of note Tradfest TG4 a forthcoming series, which she also presents.
Ruth Smith is a performer, broadcaster, musician & teacher based in County Clare.
She holds a BA in Music, Drama & Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Trad Performance from the World Academy of Music & Dance, University of Limerick as well as a CCÉ TTCT & Royal Irish Academy Teachers Diploma.
As 1/3 of the vocal & instrumental trio The Evertides https://theevertides.com Ruth plays fiddle, piano & guitar and has performed at Doolin Folk Festival, Body & Soul & Temple Bar Trad Fest, supporting the likes of Wallis Bird & The Lost Brothers. Her recent on stage work includes performing as ‘Ex-Girldfriend’ in the Oscar and Tony award winning musical ‘Once’ for the 2017 Summer production in The Olympia Theatre, Dublin with Landmark Productions, and as a member of the original cast of THISISPOPBABY’s hit show RIOT.
An experienced MC & events producer Ruth has worked with the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race and the 2012 London Olympics and closer to home with Croke Park – GAA, MC’ing for League & Championship fixtures over the past few years, including the Senior All-Ireland Finals to a packed Croke Park.
Ruth is a regular presenter on RTÉ Radio 1 with her show Simply Folk http://www.rte.ie/radio1/simply-folk/ – along with broadcaster John Creedon, Ruth will be hosting the inaugural RTÉRadio1 Folk Awards in Vicar Street on the 25th October.
FleadhTV Provincial final shows presenters bio
Aindrias de Staic is a much-loved Irish tv Presenter, broadcaster, musician and comic actor.
As a broadcaster he works on Radio and TV in Ireland and abroad. He is well known for presenting the music shows; Jig Gig (RTE/TG4) and Bualadh Busk (BBC/NI).
He appears as a pundit on Score Encore and Busker Abú. His reputation as a musician, performer and storyteller sees him work regularly in the media and on the live circuit.
He is currently on stage in The Abbey’s debut production of “Jimmys Hall” In London Aindrias starred in the West-End show “Woody Sez” (nominated for Evening Standard Award)
He enjoyed acting roles in Hardy Bucks (RTE), The Clinic (RTE) and Rás na Rún (TG4)
He is his own unique and authentic brand of Irish. An accomplished and acclaimed actor, writer, television presenter, and filmmaker, there is nothing status quo about him.
As a solo artist, he lights up the stage with his animated antics, his quirky, intelligent one man shows and his virtuoso style violin playing. His most recent one-man show, “the Man from Moogaga” received support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and aired nationally as a special on St Patricks Day 2017 on Newstalk.
A finalist at the “Irish Comedian of the Year ” 2016, Aindrias continues to sell out Comedy festivals internationally.
His most recent show “Seven Shades of Shtax” enjoyed a sell-out run at Dublin Fringe in 2017 and sold out at Vodafone Comedy Carnival. Aindrias has just won the “best Radio Comedy” at the Celtic Media Awards in the UK for his show “man from Moogaga” rebroadcast on Newstalk in early June.