Dr Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin is an author, singer and writer of songs. She is the first Traditional Singer at Queen’s University and her residency is based in the Seamus Heaney Centre. She is author of the critically acclaimed A Hidden Ulster - people, songs and traditions of Oriel (Four Courts Press) 2003) and has recorded six albums of traditional songs. Her most recent CD Áilleacht (Gael Linn CEFCD 189, 2005) is a selection of her own compositions which include settings for contemporary poetry in Irish. She has been a recipient of many awards including a Major Arts Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Cultural Relations Council.
She conducts a series of workshops, seminars and presentations in the Schools of Music and Modern Languages within the campus and elsewhere in the wider community on an outreach basis.
During her residency she has completed two of five CD recordings of the songs published in A Hidden Ulster: The Gaelic Songs of Oriel Vol 1 (2007). She is currently researching aspects of the cross border song tradition of Breffni in south west Ulster as well as the the song tradition of the Ulster Gaelic poets and is co-editing the Music Collection of Patrick McGahon with Dr Fintan Vallely.
A Hidden Ulster –People Songs and Traditions of Oriel, Published by Four Courts Press 2003
A Stór is a Stóirín (Songs for All Ages) 2 CD and Book, Gael Linn CEFCD 166, (1994, 2004)
An Dara Craiceann (Beneach the Surface) Gael Linn CEFCD 174, (1995)
When I Was Young with Len Graham (Gael Linn Fonn 001, (1997)
Suantraí – An Irish Lullaby, Shanachie US , 1999
An Dealg Óir (The Golden Thorn) Gael Linn CEFCD 183, 2002
Áilleacht (Beauty) Gael Linn CEFCD 187, 2005
A Hidden Ulster - The Gaelic Songs of Oriel, Volume 1 (Ceoltai Eireann 5056, 2007)
“The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry is attached to the School of English at Queen's University, Belfast . Since the 1960s poetry has been one of the activities the activity for which the University is best known throughout the world. Its alumni include Paul Muldoon, Frank Ormsby, Ciaran Carson , Medbh McGuckian, and, most notably, the Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, for whom the Centre is named. The influence of traditional song on the work of some of these poets—Heaney, Carson, and Muldoon—has been noted. The Director of the Centre, Ciaran Carson , has an abiding interest in traditional song and music, and is the author of a widely acclaimed book on the subject, Last Night's Fun. Among the programme of events planned for the Centre are presentations of traditional music and song, and it is hoped that these will provide a creative stimulus to participants in the M.A. in Creative Writing at the School of English, which is housed in the Centre. The Centre thus provides an ideal base for the presence of someone like Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, who, in addition to being a performer and scholar, is also a writer of songs.”