World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Na Casaidigh

Article Id: WHEBN0004348309
Reproduction Date:

Title: Na Casaidigh  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Gweedore, Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair, Irish folk musical groups, Irish language
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Na Casaidigh

The Cassidys
Origin Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, Ireland
Genres Irish Traditional
Folk
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Phillips
Skellig Records
Website Official website
Members Aongus Ó Casaide
Ciarán Ó Casaide
Feargus Ó Casaide
Fionntán Ó Casaide
Odhrán Ó Casaide
Seathrún Ó Casaide

Na Casaidigh or The Cassidys are an Irish traditional group. They have been based in Dublin for many years, but they originally hail from Gweedore, County Donegal. The group consists of brothers Aongus, Seathrún, Ciarán, Fionntán, Feargus, and Odhrán. Irish is their native tongue and they had to study English as a second language during their school years, which allows Na Casaidigh to alternate easily between both languages in their songs. It hardly matters, however, which language they choose to sing in. The brothers' music has attracted worldwide attention and brought them to audiences from Togoland in West Africa to Carnegie Hall in New York.

The Cassidys' father has long been a church choirmaster. He instilled his love of music, and Gaelic music in particular. Music instruction was woven through the boys' childhood. Piano or fiddle was introduced first, followed by other instruments that included whistles and pipes, bodhrán, and guitar. The home atmosphere that created a love of music and learning also implanted the idea that music is a social pursuit meant to bring pleasure to both the audience and the players.

All of the Cassidy brothers contribute to the group's lush harmonies. In addition, each plays several instruments. Odhrán studied the violin in Dublin, Vienna, and Manchester. He went on to play classical concertos with a number of orchestras. He is also accomplished on the uilleann pipes. Seathrún, who gave up his desire to work as a professional harpsichordist, plays piano, guitar, a number of different flutes, and bouzouki. Feargus plays bodhrán and rhythm guitar, while Aongus plays viola and fiddle. Ciarán is the group's accordionist and bassist, and also plays the synthesizer. Fionntán plays mandolin and fiddle.

Na Casaidigh's first venture into the world's spotlight came during a mid-'80s visit to Ireland by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The Irish government requested a performance from the brothers for a state banquet. The event was televised live from Dublin Castle. The brothers repeated the state honor about a decade later during then-U.S. President Bill Clinton's peace-promoting trip to their country.

The group has toured throughout the United States, including stops in New York at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Radio City Music Hall. The brothers have received warm welcomes at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In West Africa, they appeared at the celebration held to mark the Lome Convention's signing by the European Union. On the trip out of Africa, as their airplane soared over the Sahara, the EU Commission's president requested some songs from the brothers. The impromptu performance turned into an intimate but long concert at 33,000 feet.

Their lyrics are mostly in Irish. They have performed classic Irish songs, such as "Bó na Leathadhairce", "Báidín Fheilimí", "Peigí Leitir Móir" and "Beidh Aonach Amárach". They have added a rock-twist to their music in recent years.

Discography

  • Na Casaidigh (1980)
  • Fead an Iolair (1984)
  • The Cassidys Live (1985)
  • 1691 (1991)
  • Off to Philadelphia (1996)
  • Óró na Casaidigh (1997)
  • Singing From Memory (1998)
  • The Cassidys-Na Casaidigh (2001)

External links

  • Official site
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.