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April 26, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Iconic Ulster Singer.
Rosie Stewart is a singer and ambassador for traditional Ulster singing. With a style that is entirely her own, she picks and chooses her repertoire from songs that might be 200 or 20 years old. With a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from growing up with the tradition, Rosie will delight us at the R3S Folk Club.
Born Rosie McKeaney in the townland of Cashel in the parish of Garrison, Co Fermanagh, Stewart has music and song in her veins – she has been listening to her grandfather, her parents and neighbours since she was a baby. Her father, Patrick McKeaney, was best known as a step dancer but he was also a great singer with a vast repertoire of songs. When she attended a session in the early eighties at The Metropole in Kilkenny and heard Sarah Ann O’Neill and her brother Geordie Hanna (icons of the Ulster singing tradition) she was ‘blown away’ by their presence and their songs and knew she wanted to emulate them.
Rosie Stewart has featured on radio and appeared on TV shows including The Pure Drop on RTE, The Corner House & Blas Cheoil on the BBC and she recorded songs for a Channel 4 series about Irish history. She played Queen Aeval, Queen of Munster in the Galway Druid Theatre’s staging of the 18th century musical, The Midnight Court.
In 2004, when she received a TG4 award for Best Traditional Singer, it came as a complete and wonderful surprise. She said: “Frank Harte and Len Graham had previously won the same award, so I was in very good company”.