In the early 1980s, Clare Arts Office created Dial a Seanachaí, an initiative whereby members of the public could dial a number on their telephone and listen to local Seanachaís tell a story and play the odd tune.
2020 sees local hip-hop artist John Lillis seeking to reinvent this project in conjunction with Clare Arts Office and glór.
John proposes to record some of Ireland’s greatest storytellers and musicians, whose music is rooted in stories. Departing from the traditional 'seanachaí,' this project will explore how traditional stories weave their way into the inspiration of contemporary musicians across a range of genres – traditional, folk, hip-hop, contemporary including Ian Lynch of Lankum (see image) and Lisa O’Neill.
The musicians / performers will be recorded and their recordings will then be made available to members of the public to ring a number to hear them. It will be proactively marketed, in particular to the elderly.
The project will run until 2021.
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