Having already racked up an impressive CV of performances and awards in their time together, Longford’s Sé Chairde were on a high last Friday, after completing their most high-profile performance to date - on the Late Late Toy Show.
Chosen from among thousands of applicants for a highly-coveted spot on the show, Sé Chairde, consisting of Laura Packenham on whistle and bodhrán; Mikey Doyle on button accordion; Ciarán Mulligan on fiddle; Mary Sheridan on whistle and bodhrán; Lorna Beer on fiddle and Grace Ross on guitar, bodhrán, banjo and sean nós dancing, performed a medley of song and dance alongside performers and groups from all around the country.
“The music was fabulous, they loved it from the beginning,” explained Ann Mulligan, the proud mother of one of the band. “They were delighted that RTÉ had kept the music very traditional.”
While they are thrilled with the coverage they received on Friday night, and the positive feedback they have gotten since, Ann added that one of the highlights was the number of friends they made from the experience.
“In between rehearsals and while they were off set they were all jamming together,” Ann added.
Though the Toy Show is now over for another year, Ann revealed that the band are keeping busy, with two local gigs lined up in the coming days, but Friday’s performance is one which will live long in their memories.
“It was a long couple of weeks, but a really enjoyable experience and one they won’t ever forget,” Ann smiled.