Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, singer, researcher, poet and composer, was born in 1950 in Co Louth and her early years were spent in Louth, Mayo and Donegal.
She now lives near Mullaghbán in County Armagh with her husband Len Graham and family. Raised in an Irish-speaking household, her early years were steeped in traditional culture, music and song. She is considered an authority on the music and song traditions of Ulster and in particular of her native Oriel region. In this documentary we trace her steps through the ancient kingdom of Oriel and we watch as she warmly welcomes singers and musicians such as Steve Cooney, Ríoghnach Connolly, Sylvia Crawford & Darren Magee, Zoe Conway & John McIntyre to her beautiful home in the foothills of South Armagh.
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin’s career has included periods as a school teacher and a presenter and broadcaster, and since the 1990’s she has been particularly associated with traditional music. Singing has been the main focus of her professional career – recording 9 studio albums and restoring song in the corpus of the IrishLanguageOriel song tradition and also new song composition.