Song of Granite has won the award for excellence in arts at this evening’s Celtic Media Festival awards ceremony in Llanelli in Wales.
The films portrays the impressions of the life and times of legendary Connemara-born traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney The beautiful yet harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Carna childhood helped shape this complex and gifted character. Enigmatic and fascinating, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost to him and those closest to him.
Most of his adult life was spent in the USA where his brilliance was recognised as a key influence in the folk-revival and his concerts and recordings drew widespread acclaim and recognition.
Cast includes Macdara Ó Fatharta, Micheál Ó Confhaola, Jaren Cerf, Pól Ó Ceannabháin and Colm Seoighe. Directed by Pat Collins, the project received support from Section 481 and from a number of film agencies and funds in North America.
The film can be viewed here https://www.tg4.ie/ga/player/baile/?pid=5761108024001
TG4 commissioning editor, Proinsias Ní Ghráinne congratulated the winning entry saying that “this award shows the support for schemes such as Cine4 which encourages the development of new talent and creativity opening international doors for many production companies.”
Images available here https://flic.kr/s/aHsmiZ2NFQ
Clip from the film https://youtu.be/LAghIrGvjAg