TREE TV starts at 8pm
WELCOME! WITH EDWINA GUCKIAN
Edwina Guckian is an artist, educator, world-champion Irish dancer and community activist. We are very excited to have Edwina announce our 'LEITRIM TREE OF THE YEAR 2020' WINNER!
The photographer of the winning tree will be awarded two heritage apple trees from Heritage Fruit Tree Nursery! Thanks so much to Danny for the sponsorship of the trees!
Second Prize is a beautiful hardback copy of 'See The Wood From The Trees' By Dr. Marion Mc Garry. Thanks to our friends at Artisan House!
CATHY JORDON & ELEANOR SHANLEY
Dock Commissions Musical
Both Cathy Jordan and Eleanor Shanley are singers and songwriters based in Ireland's North West. As part of a special commission they have both been asked by The Dock to create new work for the 'Whose Woods These Are' festival. We are very excited to bring you this new work tonight on TREE TV.
Cathy has created two brand new songs especially for the festival, both of twhich will have their first airing here on TREE TV.
Passage Through The Woods with words and music by Cathy Jordan
Elsie And Me with music by Cathy Jordan
For her part in the Festival of Trees Eleanor Shanley has created an homage to a large and very old tree that fell in her garden during a storm inthe summer of 2020. “One Storm Too Many" was also written in memory all the wonderful and unforgettable people in the world of the arts who passed away this year.
One Storm Too Many with words and music by Eleanor Shanley
Roscommon born Cathy Jordan is best known as the voice of Dervish while also developing a substantial body of work outside of the Irish Traditional music genre through performances and recordings with group The Unwanted and released a solo album All the Way Home in 2012. As a songwriter, she has written songs with internationally renowned Brendan Graham, best known for the most successful song of the twentieth century, You Raise Me Up. More recently she has been a teacher providing vocal training and exercises to students in Ireland and abroad, as well as expanding her students traditional song repertoire. In 2014, she took up the role of presenter of Fleadh TV with TG4. Cathy has been an ambassador for Irish culture and music for over a quarter of a century, and has a deep understanding of traditional Irish songs and singing and has collected hundreds of songs which otherwise may have been forgotten.
Eleanor Shanley, from Keshcarrigan in Co.Leitrim in the North West of Ireland, is renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs. She has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance as the singer with traditional group De Danann, and subsequently with Ronnie Drew. She has also toured with Christy Moore and Sharon Shannon and as a soloist both in Ireland and abroad, where she is much in demand at top music festivals.
A Visit to Bealtaine Cottage
Colette O'Neill is an Environmentalist, Author, Publisher, Photographer. Creator of Goddess Permaculture.
Join us as we take a short visit to the Goddess-Inspired Permaculture Gardens at Bealtaine Cottage just at the foothills of Sliabh an Iarainn.
Find out more about the Bealtaine Cottage and pick up a book, map or 2021 calendar here.
VANYA LAMBRECHT WARD
'Winter landscapes are also full of life. Fungi are constantly breaking down, reconstituting materials around us, reshaping and influencing – creating our environments. This short video piece is a modest contemplation on these processes and the fungal kingdom at work through one early winter walk in the woods.'
Vanya Lambrecht Ward is a visual artist and mycophile who has been studying and photographing fungi for many years. This fascination with mushrooms stems from a investigation into System Theory and her on-going exploration into perception and our engagements with our environments.
Vanya hold BA’s in Fine Art and Architecture and an MA in Contemporary Art and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Alongside her studio and socially engaged practice she lectures in Theatre Design at IT Sligo and works as a Creative Associate with the Arts Council. To see some of Vanya’s Mushroom photographs please visit her instagram page here or Vanya's website here.
SARAH ELLEN LUNDY
‘Koki [a tribute to the trees]’
Experimental short made whilst on residency at Luznava Manor in Latvia-where trees cover over half of the country-whilst on a travel award under the EUCIDA [European Connections In Digital Art] programme coordinated by Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre 2018-2019. Dense lo-fi audio visual discordance.
Sarah Ellen Lundy is a visual and sound artist from County Sligo currently based in Leitrim.
For the Arboreal Arts Reading Group, we invited an artist to choose a text for us to read as a starting point for discussing their work. Join Eimear and Natalia in conversation with the eco-social art practitioner Cathy Fitzgerald.
We are delighted to welcome Cathy Fitzgerald who has chosen this brilliant Wendell Berry's text on Good Forestry Economy. The full text can be accessed here.
Cathy Fitzgerald explains her practice: 'The Hollywood Forest Story is an ongoing ‘eco-social art practice.' It explores a new story for Irish forestry in transforming the short-rotation conifer plantation I live with, in south Carlow –’the little wood that could’– to a species-rich, permanent, productive and beautiful forest. Place-based creative practice-led work foster transformative insights on how to live well with forests and the wider community of life (Fitzgerald, 2018). Begun in 2008, and featured in The Irish Times (7 March 2020), The Hollywood Forest Story explores new-to-Ireland continuous cover forestry ecological forestry practices, transversal dialogue, visual art activities, and activism.
''Nasam Alina Al Hawa'
Mohammad Syfkhan is a singer and bouzouki player. He blends songs and music from various traditions to provide his own unique take on Syrian folk music. He can sometimes be seen playing music to the trees around his home in Carrick on Shannon. He is currently working on his first solo studio album.
CATHY JORDON & ELEANOR SHANLEY
Another chance to hear the new music created by both Cathy Jordan and Eleanoer Shanley . especially commissioned by The Dock for the 'Whose Woods These Are' festival.
We were delighted to have gotten a chance to speak remotely with Diana Beresford-Kroeger. Diana is a scientist and author who possesses a unique combination of western scientific training and traditional and indigenous ways with which she works to bring a better understanding and appreciation of the scientific complexities of nature to the general public. Her concept of bioplanning challenges ordinary people to develop a new relationship with nature, to view the environment as a biological system and to perform the ecological task of replanting the global forest.
A feature documentary about her work, Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, is available to watch for free during the festival over with our friends at Still Voices Film Festival.