Marcas Ó Murchú

Since 1997, when his celebrated first album Ó Bhéal go Béal (CICD 126) was released and follow up Turas Ceoil in 2007 (CICD163), Marcas Ó Murchú has earned a reputation as an internationally respected Irish fluteplayer. In 2013, he was recognised at home with the honour Ard-Ollamh, the “Chief Bard ” at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in 2013 to recognise his success in teaching, promotion of Irish music and language through his musical programmes on BBC and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta for decades. His detailed research into Irish music, which he is always glad to share, is respected at home and abrosdm.

Marcas lectured in Spanish in BIFHE Belfast Institute and in Music at Ulster University and Limerick University, and in Irish language and literature in Magee College, Derry and for two decades was teacher of both Irish and Spanish. He was entrusted as Head of Spanish department for over a decade in St Columb’s prior to his retirement to concentrate on his family and cultural pursuits.

Marcas has featured on BBC traditional programmes, including “Musical Traditions ” and ‘Seinn liom” where he talks about his musical journey through life. He has performed and contributed historical insights on TG4 on numerous occasions and has presented a number of television programmes, most notably, “Geantraí”. He was widely known for broadcasting a weekly summer radio show, Turas Ceoil, on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta for twenty years relating to Irish music and hosted a popular BBC radio traditional music show.

Marcas was the solo flute player for the specially arranged third movement of Shaun Davey’s Relief of Derry, originally composed for Planxty piper Liam Ó Flynn; an interest in community inspired him to solo flute with a 500-piece flute orchestra for the Marie Curie charity.

He has played music with many musicians at home in Culmore, county Derry, often with his musical family and visiting friends since his retirement in 2019. He is a respected carrier of Irish cultural wealth. Marcas was performing in Argentina just prior to the pandemic, promoting Ireland abroad in association with the Irish Embassy.

Marcas generously donated more than 1400 hours of his own field recordings of Irish musicians worldwide to the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin. He donated personal archives of over 200 hours of mostly Ulster Irish language video material to the Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge in Gaoth Dobhair, a branch of University College Galway and over 250 hours of music recorded on video to the Comhaltas National archive in Dublin.

He has taught several all Ireland champions, including in the northwest, Siobhán Molloy and Ciarán Carlin. He has continued to be involved in the local community hosting Irish music workshops at Studio 2, Acadamh Ceoil and Magee College and has been a respected performer on Comhaltas Ceoltóirí tours of USA, UK and a very popular musical guest all over Ireland for many decades.