I’m just back from Kilkenny where I have been running Scoil na gCláirseach and its associated concert series – sold out in Galway!

For me the best moment was the visit, organised at the last minute, of Senegalese griots Solo Cissokho and Seckou Keita to the School of Music to demonstrate their traditions. It was fascinating to see Solo’s response to Ann Heymann’s question about the nitty gritty of the old tradition – he asked for the video camera to be switched off before saying anything more.

Here is Brenda’s wonderfully atmospheric photo of Solo:

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