Traditional Irish Music
The festival a collaboration between The National Concert Hall and the Arts Council. Details on how to enter this competition are detailed at the bottom of this article.
With a focus on international collaboration as well as creative and innovative new work the festival features over ten concerts by a range of established and contemporary artists from widely acclaimed Irish band Lankum (formerly Lynched) to Gaelic singer from outer Hebrides Julie Fowlis and Beoga with RTÉ Concert Orchestra to Galician piper Carlos Nuñez, and many more. The festival also comprises of the inaugural Tradition Now Artist in Residence, namely concertina player Cormac Begley and is complimented by a full programme of family events appealing to a wider audience.
Comprised of three main stage concerts and a host of smaller more intimate talks, concerts and family concerts Tradition Now explores various themes including: the sound of traditional music and song in the city of Dublin with independent folk band Lankum and multicultural interchange of Irish/Iranian group Navá; the re-examination of ‘tradition’ with harpist Siobhan Armstrong and Lankum’s exploration of old song in a modern context; innovative new works by singer Julie Fowlis and fiddler Zoë Conway as well as international dialogue and musical exchange with The Rolling Wave exploring Atlantic piping traditions and more.
TRADITION NOW 2017
DAY 1: Julie Fowlis, the multi-award winning singer whose voice can be heard on songs from the filmBrave, has collaborated with renowned Irish fiddler Zoë Conway and guitarists John McIntyre andEamon Doorley on a new project aimed at creating new songs from existing and old Scottish Gaelic poems which can be heard on Tues. 3rd October, the Studio at 8.30pm
DAY 2: In the first of the main stage events Beoga (meaning ‘Lively’), a traditional band who recently collaborated with famed singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, will perform an uplifting concert of traditional music with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy, Wednesday 4th October at 8pm.
DAY 3: Renowned harpist and founder of The Historical Harp Society Siobhán Armstrong, a prolific performer and early Irish harp enthusiast will perform a rare and intimate recital with sean-nós singer of Connemara heritage Roisín Elsafty Thursday 5th October at 7.30pm in the Kevin Barry Recital Room.Daughter of well-known sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Cheannabháin, Roisin’s own musical discovery and output can be heard on her numerous recordings with The Irish Times describing her first solo album as ‘a thing of beauty from beginning to end’.
DAY 4: Comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes together with Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe, a new band Navá explore ancient music cultures of Ireland and Persia melding Irish jigs and reels with Persian ‘dastgáh’, original compositions and improvisations in a unique performance on Friday 6th October at 6pm, Kevin Barry Recital Room. The event will also see the band release their new album.
DAY 5: Nominated for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Album’ in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lankum(formerly Lynched) have been described as “the most convincing band to come out of Ireland for years” byThe Guardian. Although heavily influenced by Irish legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty and The Dubliners, the group add subtle traces of American music hall, ambient techno and psychedelic folk into the mix. The traditional four-piece folk group combine haunting vocal harmonies with Uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar for their hugely anticipated concert on Saturday 7th October at 8pm on the Main Stage.
DAY 6: Renowned concertina player from West Kerry Cormac Begley is the inaugural Tradition Now Artist in Residence. Founder of ‘Tunes in the Church’, Begley has performed with a vast range of renowned musicians from fiddler Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh to the well- known concertina player Jack Talty and others. For this special NCH concert on the 8th October 6pm in The Studio, he collaborates with another fine musician, fiddler Liam O’Connor a former TG4 Young Musician of the Year (2002).
The festival culminates with ‘The Rolling Wave; A Celebration of Atlantic Piping Traditions’ on the main stage on Sunday 8th October at 8pm. Galician piper Carlos Nuñez and band join the St. Lawrence O’Toole Pipe Band, young piping sensation Cian Smith from Waterford, the acclaimed Breton duo ofYouenn le Bihan and Patrick Molard and the Scottish piper Brighde Chaimbeul for a compelling and intricate musical journey through the musical and cultural conversation between the regions of Ireland, Northern Spain, Brittany and the Western isles of Scotland making this a must attend event for piping enthusiasts.
Preceding this will be a talk hosted by Na Píobairí Uilleann surveying the 300 year history of the pipes, the music and its players at 6pm in the Kevin Barry Room, Sunday 8th October.
Tradition Now is also enhanced by a complimentary programme of family friendly and dementia friendly concerts devised by the NCH Learning and Participation to encourage and enthuse audiences through musical exploration, interaction and dramatic presentation. Traditional Tea Dance Tunes is a dementia friendly concert aimed at those living with dementia, their carers and families in which Luke Cheevers and Fergus Russell perform traditional songs of Dublin. (Friday 6th October at 3pm John Field Room)
Ceol Connected’s The Far Field is an irresistibly joyful musical tale for younger audiences (aged 3- 7) infused with Irish traditional music, puppetry and folklore. (Saturday 7th October at 12.30pm and 2.30pm The Studio)
Ceol le Cheile is an interactive concert where young audiences are taken on a wonderful participative journey through the rich and diverse sound of traditional Irish music with fun foyer activity planned in foyer from 12pm/ Concert at 1.30pm. (Foyer at 12pm, The Studio at 1.30pm)
For more information and tickets visit www.nch.ie/Online/Tradition-Now-2017
COMPETITION : WIN TICKETS
Answer this question : In which Irish city will you find The National Concert Hall?
Add your answer as a comment to this blog and state which concert you wish to attend (Lankum, Beoga or The Rolling Wave). We have 2 tickets to giveaway for each concert.
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