Ceoltoiri Laighean number among them some of the very finest individual performers of Irish traditional music and song. But they are even more important, as a group, for the ideal they represent, blending their talents in the lively expression of a noble tradition.Eamon de Buitlear was an important member of Sean O'Riada's pioneering and enormously influential group, Ceoltoiri Chuallan. He was, in fact, uniquely helpful to O'Riada, in the early 1960s in gathering the original musicians together.
One of them was Clare fiddler John Kelly who, with his knowledge of traditional tunes and local styles, became O'Riada's guide into a virtually hidden world.
For O'Riada the music was as much a means as an end in itself, a means towards cultural integration ,language,song and music fitted into, and fulfilling, a way of life.It is an ideal, requiring a very special community, and it is this ideal that brought Ceoltoiri Laighean into being-to realise, in music and song, whatever of it is possible.
It is highly appropriate that their members should include two very fine individual singers.Diarmuid O'Suilleabhain and Sean O'Liathain,both natives of Cuil Aodha.
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