3/Triúr (In Search of Musical Form)
2012 | Ireland | 55 mins | PAL | Colour + B&W | 16:9
3TRIÚR (In Search of Musical Form) follows the ongoing collaboration between three of Ireland’s most distinguished traditional musicians, Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, in a swirling exploration of the creative process.

“A sublime communion with the music”
Irish Times on 3Triúr Live Performance

It’s rare for musicians of this calibre to allow a filmmaker such extensive access to the intimate, private, often painful creative process, but that’s exactly what they’ve agreed to do for this documentary: an incredible opportunity to view the tradition from three unique perspectives and generations. The musicality of the documentary is complemented by an intimate, personal dimension, given the close bonds that have have grown steadily between the three as they swap stories, thoughts, ideas and tunes in a swirling exploration of the creative process that journeys to the “heart of our music”.

The film begins with the three gathering in April 2009 – before the idea of Triúr even existed – to explore what Martin described as ‘their shared understanding of the music’ and follows their journey over three years; ending on the stage of the historical Abbey Theatre in Dublin in February 2012. The work “sees the three musicians in a sublime communion with the music . . . that achieves such an orchestral sound (it) may echo for years to come” (Irish Times Review).

The collaboration has already produced 3 albums:
2010’s Triúr sa Draighean (The Three in the Blackthorn House),
2012’s Triúr Arís (The Three Again)
& 2013’s Triúr Omós (Respect)

This is the 1st film in Dónal Ó Céilleachair’s ‘Irish Music Trilogy’ that includes
3-TRIÚR (2012),
Aisling Gheal (2013)
& From Coolea to Iona (2014).

Executive Producer for RTÉ


Associate Producers

Produced by ANÚ PICTURES
In Association with RTÉ
Music © Peadar Ó Riada All Rights Reserved

Further info. on the musicians:

Peadar O Riada – www.peadaroriada.ie

Martin Hayes –martinhayes.com

Caoimhin O Raghallaigh – www.caoimhinoraghallaigh.com