Seosamh Ó hÉanaí, Joe Heaney Archive, Joe Éinniú


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Joe Heaney: the archives

Welcome to the Joe Heaney Archives, where you can explore the life and artistry of Joe Heaney (known in Irish as Joe Éinniú or, more formally, Seosamh Ó hÉanaí or Seosamh Ó hÉinigh), one of Ireland's finest and most famous traditional sean-nós singers. Experience his singing, storytelling and traditional lore in both Irish and English through a wide variety of audio and video recordings, accompanied by transcriptions, translations and notes.

Féile Chomórtha Joe Éinniú 2014

Read the full programme on this website or visit the Féile's Facebook page.

A celebration of Joe Éinniú

These Archives are also a celebration of Joe Heaney's life and work. Most of the audio and video clips available here were recorded by hos own students and friends.

New recordings

Singing in Carna: English songs

There is no doubt but that the districts of Carna and Aird an Chaisleáin ar steeped in a rich singing tradition - as indeed is the wider Iorras Aithneach area.

For the most part, of course, this means songs in Irish. That said, a certain number of English songs have evidently featured in the repertoires of these communities for quite some time.

In this video, Mícheál Ó Cuaig gives us an insight into the singing of English songs in Joe Éinniú's native area.

This recording was made on the 10ú November 2012 in Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim, Roisín na Mainiach. As this was an impromptu recording, the sound quality is variable.

An Sagairtín

We have added a recording of the song An Sagairtín, sung by Bríd Ní Mhaoilchiaráin, Joe's grand-neice.

Mícheál Ó Cuaig and the Joe Heaney Collection

(Video in Irish.) A copy of the Joe Heaney Collection has been kept in Áras Shorcha Ní Ghuairim, on behalf of the people of Carna, for several years. It was from this copy that much of the material in these online Archives was extracted.

It was Mícheál Ó Cuaig, organiser of Féile Chomórtha Joe Éinniú, who contacted the Department of Ethnomusicology in the University of Washington and persuaded them to present this copy to Joe's own native community.

In this video, which was recorded on the 10th March 2012, Mícheál tells us how he learned of the Collection's existance and how he arranged for a copy to be brought home. NB: This was an impromptu recording. The sound quality is variable.

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