Ceol Connected (est 2011) is a young and impassioned company that strives to create meaningful, beguiling, virtuosic, fantastical, and gloriously joyful work for young audiences that is of the highest quality and that draws inspiration and intrigue from the world of traditional arts. We are the makers of ‘The Quiet Tree’; The Far Field’; ‘The Wonderful Tune’; ‘Return of Spring’; ‘Whistle in the Wind’; and most recently ‘A Winter Wish’.
We take our responsibility to present high quality shows to young audiences very seriously. The development of each production from concept to stage involves close collaboration between artists, creatives, and children to ensure that what we ultimately present is the best that it can possibly be.
Ceol Connected also produces Tradoodle Festival and Tradoodle Events – celebrations of the traditional arts for children and young people in partnership with Monaghan County Council, Hawk’s Well Sligo, and Roscommon Arts Centre.
Touring AT CEOL CONNECTED
In 2017, we embarked on an 8-venue national tour of The Far Field supported by the Arts Council. Since 2017, The Quiet Tree has toured to 24 venues and has been presented internationally - in Finnish at Etnosoi! Festival in Finland, and in Polish at Cross-Culture Festival in Warsaw, supported by Culture Ireland. In 2018, The Wonderful Tune delighted audiences during our 8-venue tour supported by the Arts Council. Forthcoming touring productions include A Winter Wish (October - December 2018) and Return of Spring (January - April 2019).
In recent years, we have worked with organisations such as the National Concert Hall, Common Ground, Music Network, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Helium Arts, The Ark, Púca Puppets, Beyond the Bark, Music Generation Partnerships, and Early Childhood Ireland. Current projects include Tradoodle-in-School with the National Concert Hall’s Tradition Now Festival and the Tiny Voices Mentorship Programme with Common Ground. We are also active in the area of online music education and have produced Whistleberry Tunes, a fun and engaging series of traditional music lessons research and developed especially for children. Whistleberry Tunes is presented in partnership with our friends at Dabbledoomusic.
Our rigorous and effective research and evaluation translates into guidance and recommendations that can help you to deliver better projects or programmes. We work with clients to plan, design, and deliver sustainable music education projects, demonstrate their impact, and identify opportunities for you to evolve and grow. Recent clients include Galway Music Residency, Music Generation Carlow, Common Ground, the Online Academy of Irish Music, and Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board.