Tunes for Garech - A Farmleigh Summer Session

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Tunes for Garech - A Farmleigh Summer Session

Time: July 14, 2018 from 2pm to 5pm
Location: Farmleigh Estate
Street: Phoenix Park
City/Town: Dublin
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Event Type: live, open, session, -, all, welcome
Organized By: Kieran Owens on behalf of Farmleigh / OPW
Latest Activity: Jul 3, 2018

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Event Description

An upcoming traditional music event, which is being organised to honour the memory of and contribution to our national musical heritage by the late Garech Browne.

On Saturday 14th July, between 2pm and 5pm, a 'Tunes for Garech' event will take place in Farmleigh Estate, as part of the Exhibition Support Programme for the current Anthony Palliser portrait exhibition. Anthony and Garech were longtime friends and it was through the latter that the former met and painted many Irish cultural icons, including the musicians Paddy Moloney, Siobhán Armstrong, Ronan Browne and Bill Whelan.

The afternoon is structured to be an open invitation to any singer or player who would like to come and pay a personal musical tribute to Garech for his contribution to the development of the Irish musical tradition. It is intended to be a very loose and open affair. We are hoping that a core of traditional players from the city's regular sessions might like to attend, but any performer of any age or skill level is welcome, especially if they end up having the opportunity of sitting in with other more seasoned musicians.

The uileann piper Ronan Browne will giving a free performance talk at 3pm in Farmleigh Gallery on Saturday 28th July (the last in the Exhibition Support Programme series) entitled 'Pipers, Portraits & Planxties', on the theme of the Planxty as a reflextion or portrait of the paton's character (ala Carolan and the tunes like Planxty Irwin and Planxty Davis etc.). He is amongst several people kindly helping to spread the word about the 'Tunes for Garech' event. In that same spirit, It would be appreciated if anyone with an interest would mail out a notice of the afternoon to whoever they know that might be in a position to come and play.

The session will be a special moment to pay homage to Garech in the most open, democratic and uplifting way possible. If all goes to plan, and the weather is kind to us, it could turn out to be the most magical, memorable and heart-felt traditional music event that the city has seen in a while.

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