Commemorating The Battle of Clontarf - Temple Bar Trad Fest - Friday 24th January

Deep End of the Ford are an "avant-garde improvisatory compositional collective whose interest in Old-Irish mythology and the oral prose tradition of pre-Christian Ireland is synonymous with their development as an improvisatory collective".

On Friday 24th at 8pm in St. Michans Church in Dublin "The Temple Bar TradFest, will host the world premiere of a specially commissioned cycle of songs which span a millennium and contain eye witness accounts of Dublin from 1014 and 2014 commemorating the Battle of Clontarf.  Performed and composed by Deep End of the Ford the group combines four of the most progressive avant-garde talents in improvised and folk music; Lorcan McMathuna, Martin Tourish, Eoghan Neff and Seán MacErlaine. An improvisational collective, their style is based on the flexible shape of language; spoken, and sung.  Their inspiration comes from the epic depictions of history and mythology. In this composition they will be joined by Norse singer and instrumentalist Raphael De Cock. 

The Battle of Clontarf; 1000 years ago Sigtrygg Silkenbeard, the Norse King of Dublin, watched from the walls of the greatest city in the western Viking world as two armies slaughtered one another on the beach outside his city walls. The victor of the day, Brian Ború, didn’t live to enjoy the fruits of his victory, and for the Vikings it spelt the death knell of their suzerainty in the western Viking world. Norse and Irish eye witnesses gave gripping accounts of this bloody power struggle and Deep End of the Ford will present a picture of the battle taken from these accounts.


Working with schools and groups in Dublin’s inner city  Lorcan and his musicians will ask; “what is the sense of connection with place and history for today’s communities who exist as the latest layer in the life of the city.” Their answer will be manifest in the spectacular finale of this concert as members of these communities perform the world premiere of their interpretation of the story of Dublin through music and song.


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