18 episodes

Hosted by Joanne Barry, the National Folk Theatre’s Repertory Director, Sounds Like Folk is a podcast that traces folk voices, past and present. Through a series of eight conversations, Joanne will speak to some of Siamsa Tíre's oldest and newest friends about Siamsa and folk's influence on their childhood and adulthood, the sense of community it created, and why they hold the collective close to their hearts. The series will also examine the idea of folk theatre and where it stands in today’s world.

Sounds Like Folk Siamsa Tire

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Hosted by Joanne Barry, the National Folk Theatre’s Repertory Director, Sounds Like Folk is a podcast that traces folk voices, past and present. Through a series of eight conversations, Joanne will speak to some of Siamsa Tíre's oldest and newest friends about Siamsa and folk's influence on their childhood and adulthood, the sense of community it created, and why they hold the collective close to their hearts. The series will also examine the idea of folk theatre and where it stands in today’s world.

    Sounds Like Folk – Jo Mangan

    Sounds Like Folk – Jo Mangan

    Sounds like Folk’s guest for this episode is the wonderful Jo Mangan. Jo first worked with Siamsa Tíre 12 years ago on our site-specific piece 'What the Folk' which toured to Dublin Theatre festival, Cork Midsummer Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. Jo is Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation and ss recent Director/CEO of Carlow Arts Festival, she pioneered digital work including VR Cinema and a VR Festival Campus. Among other amazing things, she created the BIG House Festival and was Director of the Bram Stoker Festival. Her awards include multiple Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, the UK based Clore Leadership Fellowship and the prestigious Fedora Digital Prize. Jo also founded The Performance Corporation’s SPACE Programme - Ireland’s longest-running multi-disciplinary international artists residency with a current focus on Arts and Immersive Technology. Jo never fails to inspire and ignite new directions and ideas in the world of creativity, it is always a pleasure to be in her company! Enjoy!

    • 35 min
    Sounds Like Folk 2022 - Siamsa Tíre's Choral and music repertoire

    Sounds Like Folk 2022 - Siamsa Tíre's Choral and music repertoire

    In this week's special episode of Sounds Like Folk Joanne presents a specially curated episode wrapped in the legacy of Siamsa’s choral work and music to date - highlighting some chosen pieces from the National Folk Theatre’s music catalogue. We hear some well-known favourites as well as some newly composed pieces from the repertoire down through the years, while celebrating the unique arrangement of traditional songs as large choral, harmonised works. As well as using dance, song and music from Ireland’s rich tradition, and newly composed pieces, Siamsa Tíre can share our unique embodiment of our particular type of folk theatre, a theatre for and of the people.

    • 30 min
    Sounds Like Folk - Conor Mitchell

    Sounds Like Folk - Conor Mitchell

    Joanne's next guest is multi-award-winning opera/music-theatre composer, librettist and stage director, Conor Mitchell. Joanne first met Conor in 2013 when he composed the score for Siamsa’s production Imigéin. Conor’s unique music blends the worlds of stage design with contemporary visual arts and finds new ways to engage his audience through socially relevant, politically charged subjects. A double Ivor Novello nominee and double Fringe First winner, he is the recipient of the Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artists Award - the highest honour bestowed by the agency - and a life fellow of the Arts Foundation for composition.

    • 47 min
    Sounds Like Folk - Aoife Spillane-Hinks

    Sounds Like Folk - Aoife Spillane-Hinks

    Sounds Like Folk has returned with host Joanne Barry at the helm! Her first guest in the new series is Aoife Spillane-Hinks, a director who works in both Ireland and the United States. Aoife is the founder and lead artist of the Literary Department at Axis Ballymun in Dublin, has trained as a director on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme and holds a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway. She is also the co-founder of Then This Theatre. Joanne was delighted to reconnect with Aoife again after many years and chat with her about her passions and work to date. Enjoy!

    • 52 min
    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Season 3, Episode 1

    Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh - Season 3, Episode 1

    Sounds Like Folk returns for a third series and in the first episode Joanne is really thrilled to chat with Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, one of Ireland's finest traditional singers and herself an ‘alumna’ of Siamsa Tíre. Muireann is a multi-award-winning traditional singer and musician from Corca Dhuibhne in West Kerry and is a leading exponent of the sean nós style. Her repertoire also includes songs from a wide variety of folk and contemporary sources. Here she chats to Joanne about music, singing, performance and motherhood.

    • 40 min
    Siamsa Tire Academy Students – Series 2, Episode 5

    Siamsa Tire Academy Students – Series 2, Episode 5

    In this very special episode of Sounds Like Folk, Joanne chats to the young voices of Siamsa Tíre's Training Academy! First Grace, Mary, Sarah, Sadie, Sean, Jamie & Layla Kate share what Siamsa means to them and then later the Advanced Class students and Community Cast members tell Joanne about their incredible journey so far.

    • 52 min

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