Miotas Draiocht Ceol: The Myth, Magic and Music of Ireland
In a darkened hall where a turf fire glows, fairies, leprechauns, giants, heros, and even a few treacherous princes will come to life in a multi-media event designed to transport the audience back to ancient Ireland when myth, magic, and music were a part of the fabric of everyday life.
Miotas Draiocht Ceol, which is Irish for Myth, Magic and Music, is the creation of Augusta musician Carl Purdy and writer/photographer Debbie van Tuyll. Their program will recreate the intimacy of an evening around a peat fire with an Irish seanchai (a traditional storyteller), only better. While the seanchai is spinning her yarns, the audience will see images of locations where the tales occurred, and these will be accompanied by original musical compositions as well as a few traditional jigs and reels.
The stories will include those of Fionn MacCumhail, who built the World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway, so he could accept a challenge from the Scottish giant and the young Cú Cuhlainn who would single-handedly fend off Queen Medbh’s entire army during the Cattle Raid of Cooley. The evening will also include stories of magic harps, gods and goddesses, treacherous princes, adventures to the Otherworld, and, of course, no evening around of storytelling around a turf fire would be complete without a fairy tale or two.
Van Tuyll and Purdy are both professors at Georgia Regents University, as well as being creative professionals. Purdy teaches music and is a noted Augusta musician who played with the Augusta Symphony for 24 years. Van Tuyll has been a writer and student of Irish mythology and legend for most of her life, though her academic work has only recently shifted into this area after years of studying Civil War-era journalism.
This program is one of products of their work to build a Town-and-Gown community of enthusiasts of Irish music and culture in Augusta. Sponsors of the program include the Porter Fleming Foundation, the GRU Office of Sponsored Research, the GRU Department of Communications, and the GRU Department of Music.
The program is Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Performing Arts Center on the Summerville Campus of Georgia Regents University. Tickets: $15 for the public; $5 for GRU students with JAG cards and children under 12.