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'Literature of Irish Exile' Autumn School, 15 October 2005

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The following performance by Len Graham will take place at 2:00-3:00pm:


LEN GRAHAM

Born in County Antrim to a family steeped in traditional music and song, Len Graham was heavily influenced by the tradition of his own locality. He has been cultivating the song traditions of his native Ulster all his life. He became a full-time professional singer in 1982 and now performs at festivals throughout the world with the storyteller John Campbell.Len also makes frequent appearances at festivals throughout Ireland and Europe with his wife, the singer Pádraigin Ní Uallacháin. Among the poets with whom Graham has performed are Ciaran Carson, Michael Longley, Seamus Heaney, Brendan Kennelly and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.
Len Graham is also a noted collector, and some of his field recordings have been published by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He has recorded 12 albums to date, mainly on the Claddagh label. He is the only singer of traditional songs in English to have been recorded by Gael Linn. Len is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Seán O'Boyle Cultural Traditions Award in 1993 and more recently the TG4 National Music Award for 'Traditional Singer of The Year'. He has been an important source of songs for many of Ireland's leading traditional bands and singers, including Altan, The Chieftains, De Danann, Dolores Keane, Karan Casey and many others.


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