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.
This week's podcast comes ten years after Siamsa Tire was invited to perform at WERK, hosted by Thisispopbaby, the company which is co-directed by today's guest Phillip McMahon. Both companies appear to inhabit very different theatrical worlds which is why Joanne wanted to chat with Phillip, a Dublin-based director and playwright who holds a strong belief in active citizenship and taking responsibility as an artist to create places that people want to be in – be that in a theatrical setting or in the everyday. Enjoy!
Anne O' Donnell, Noirin Lynch and Pierce Heaslip
This week's episode is a mixture of chat, memories and musings on the future of Siamsa with three of the company's most beloved cast members. Anne is Training and Development Officer with Siamsa and long-serving folk artist. Noirin is a teacher, former board member and Community Cast member, who has toured and performed with the company for many, many years. While Pierce is a wonderful singer/performer and second generation Siamsa cast member. His father Liam (RIP) was one of the founding members of the company. Enjoy!
Hosted by Joanne Barry, the National Folk Theatre’s Repertory Director, Sounds Like Folk will trace folk voices, past and present. In the second episode of the series, Joanne meets musician, collaborator, broadcaster, and new Siamsa friend Ruth Smith. Ruth is a multi-instrumentalist and is a regular presenter on RTÉ Radio 1 where she shares her knowledge and passion for folk music every Sunday evening on her show Simply Folk. She tells Joanne about how this grá for folk tradition came to be and how her new role as Associate Artist with Siamsa Tíre will help to strengthen this relationship.
Hosted by Joanne Barry, the National Folk Theatre’s Repertory Director, Sounds Like Folk will trace folk voices, past and present. In the first episode, Joanne chats to internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy about her Siamsa Tíre Community Cast roots and her incredible career to date. Paula is a regular guest at the world’s major opera houses and concert halls performing a wide variety of repertoire. Previously a member of the Ensemble at the Oper Frankfurt, Paula’s roles have included creating the title role Carmen in Barry Kosky’s iconic production, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Dido Dido and Aeneas, title role Pénélope, Fauré and Polissena Radamisto.