Marcas Ó Murchú
Marcas Ó Murchu (1961) is a Belfast-raised Irish woodwind flute player. In 1997 his album Ó Bhéal go Béal (CICD 126) was released. His latest seventeen-track CD, Turas Ceoil (CICD 163), features some of his musical friends and pupils, some quite old tunes as well as his own compositions.
He became Music Laureate Ard-Ollamh at the All Ireland fleadh cheoil in 2013. This was to recognise his success in teaching, promotion of Irish language through his musical programmes on BBC and RTÉ-RnaG and his research into Irish music.
He has represented Ireland at the Edinburgh festival as guest of Iomairt Cholmcille organization to promote links with Gaelic Scotland. This was the very first occasion the event was held, Skara Brae and Oisin Mac Diarmada of Téada were among the others. He has been invited to USA and Canada by Comhaltas and Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in 1983 and 1990. He also represented Ireland at the An Chruinnaght festival in the Isle of Man and the Pan Celtic festival in Scotland. His fluency in Irish and Spanish and an ability to communicate makes him a popular choice for concerts and events. He lectured in Spanish in BIFHE Belfast Institute and in Music in University of Ulster and Limerick University. He also lectured in Irish language and literature in Magee College, Derry.
Ó Murchú has performed on TG4 on numerous occasions and has presented a number of programmes, most notably, Geantraí. A fluent Irish speaker, he is known for broadcasting a weekly summer radio show, Turas Ceoil, on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta relating to Irish music.
Since 1993 he has lived in Derry. Some of his pupils have become excellent musicians and linguists. He teaches Spanish and Irish at St Columb's College in Derry and has taught at many traditional music workshops. He is senior flute teacher at the highly respected Willie Clancy Summer School and has taught several All Ireland champions from beginners.
He donated 700 plus hours of his own field recordings to the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. It is believed to be the biggest ever collection of such material.
- Laffey, Sean. "Editor". Irish Music Magazine. Irish Music Magazine. Retrieved 2013.
- Cló Iar-Chonnachta, his record label
- Living Tradition review of album
- A Guide to the Irish Flute: recommended flute players
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