Ceol Connected is a dynamic & impassioned company that strives to create meaningful, beguiling, virtuosic, fantastical & gloriously joyful work for young audiences that is of the highest quality & that draws inspiration & intrigue from the world of traditional arts.
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 & children to ensure that what we ultimately present is the best that it can possibly be.
Ceol Connected also produces Tradoodle Festival & Tradoodle Events – celebrations of the traditional arts for children & young people in partnership with national & regional partners.
We have produced three critically acclaimed albums for young audiences. Our most recent album – The Far Field – was described as “extraordinary … a total delight” (Ellen Cranitch, RTÉ Lyric FM). In 2021, we will launch TREEHOUSE 360°, an immersive VR album for young audiences that harnesses the power of digital technology, creativity, music production, and high quality artistic engagement.
Touring at Ceol Connected
Since 2017 we have produced six national tours, as well as travelling internationally with our productions. 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 over 30 venues & has been presented internationally - in Finnish at Etnosoi! Festival in Finland & 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. Other tours have included a 21-venue tour of A Winter Wish (October - December 2018), a 19-venue tour of Return of Spring (January - April 2019). In February 2021, we will embark on a national tour of The Far Field.
EDUCATION AND INCLUSIVE ARTS PRACTICE
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. Previous projects include Tradoodle-in-School with the National Concert Hall’s Tradition Now Festival and the Tiny Voices Mentorship Programme with Common Ground. Current projects include Sensory Songs, a series of multisensory musical gift packages for children with complex needs. We are also highly active in the area of online education and have produced Tradoodle TV in collaboration with highly experienced artists and creatives. Tradoodle TV presents workshops in music, song, dance, puppetry, and visual arts that can be accessed at home and at school.
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 arts and music education projects, demonstrate their impact, and identify opportunities for you to evolve and grow. Recent clients include Monaghan County Council, Galway Music Residency, Music Generation Carlow, Common Ground, the Online Academy of Irish Music, and Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board.