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Thursday, 8th August 2019

From Drogheda to Prince Edward Island and back to play at the Fleadh

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Gormlaith Maynes (second from left) with the other members of Inn Echo who will be playing on Friday 16th August in the Fleadh Dome, alongside artists Frankie Gavin, Karen Casey and Stevie Dunne.

Hundreds of thousands of people are about to arrive in Drogheda for the Fleadh, many of them will be first time visitors while others are returning for more of the same as they got last year.

Many Drogheda natives living abroad will also be returning for the ceoil and the craic and among this group is Gormlaith Maynes who grew up on the Dublin Road but is currently living and working on Prince Edward Island which is off Nova Scotia in Eastern Canada. The difference with her is that she's booked to play at the Fleadh dome.

Gormlaith is returning to her home town along with three Canadian friends with whom she plays in a band called Inn Echo who are all very excited because they will be playing on Friday 16th August in the Fleadh Dome, alongside artists Frankie Gavin, Karen Casey and Stevie Dunne. 

“All my life I've played traditional music, entering competitions and attending fleadhanna” Gormlaith told Drogheda Life.

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There are no prizes for guessing what she studied at college. She has a Masters of Arts in Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick!

“Finishing my studies last year I decided to apply for a scholarship to teach the Irish language at University in Canada” Gormlaith said.

“They placed me on Prince Edward Island where I was lucky to meet three other musicians; Tuli Porcher from British Columbia, Karson McKeown from Ottawa and Jesse Periard from New Brunswick.”

These three Canadians came from different provinces but they had all studied as part of the School of Performing Arts Program at Holland College which is where they met Gormlaith.

“We started jamming and decided to make something of our music, forming the band which we called Inn Echo” Gormlaith said.

“We released our self-titled debut album in June 2019 and have since toured Eastern Canada playing festivals and theatre performances across Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec. And soon we’ll be playing at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann!”

Incorporating elements of indie and jazz, Inn Echo’s music with its Canadian and Irish influences has been described as a vibrant, instrumentally-fuelled road trip through genres, echoing melodies of old and new, while maintaining true to the fun and energetic spirit of traditional music.

For more information about Inn Echo see: here's avideo to give you a flavour of their style:

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