Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Fun for all ages at Graig' festivals

By Staff Reporter
GRAIGNAMANAGH showed off what it has to offer this past weekend as its two annual festivals – the Town of Books Festival and Féile Freaney – brought a selection of books, music and other entertainment from Friday to Sunday.
The Féile Freaney trad music festival kicked things off with a gala concert in Duiske Abbey on Friday night. Drawing a near-capacity crowd including some well known local musicians, headlining band Líadan gave a beautiful and energetic performance which could easily inspired a listener or two to partake of the variety of workshops on offer in the town as part of the festival.

The six-piece band including fiddles, harp, piano accordion, flutes and tin whistle delighted the crowd with their lively jigs and reels, but the highlight for this listener was their enchanting songs, in particular those sung by Valerie Casey, with a voice reminiscent of Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.

Their powerful harmonies filled the abbey with beautiful precision, each voice blending with the others and none overpowering. It was also a treat to hear Mary Bergin on tin whistle and Michael Rooney on harp at the interval, in particular a piece that the harpist composed in honour of his sister.

Followed by trad sessions in at least five of the town’s pubs, it set the mood for the rest of the weekend, the bookshops all set to open for the early-morning browsers who came from near and far in search of favourite and new titles. The storytelling for children was also a hit, as was the craft fair on Sunday afternoon.

Blessed with clear sunshine and blue skies once again, there was plenty to enjoy in Graig’ for the three days. It just goes to show what the town is capable of, and one hopes it could bring them one step closer to realising the dream of a year-roud Town of Books.

Source: Kilkenny People
Location: Kilkenny City

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Bagatelle to be honored in New York

Legendary Irish band Bagatelle, who have been playing together since the late 1970’s, will be honored at an event in New York City on Thursday, October 1 for their contribution to Irish music. The event celebrates their 30 year anniversary, with proceeds going to benefit the Widows and Children Fund of fallen members of the NYPD.

Created by New York singer-songwriter, Enda Keegan, The Streets Of New York Benefit, named after the song by Bagatelle frontman Liam Reilly, will honor the Irish rockers for all they have given to the world through their music and for opening doors for others who have followed.

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to honor Liam & Bagatelle” said Timothy Bergin, President of the Emerald Society.

Performers for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m. at P.D. O’Hurley’s Bar Pier 84, 44th and 12thAve in New York City, include Bagatelle, Joe Hurley and the Gents, and Enda Keegan. Advance ticket sales are available for $30 and at the door for $35. Tickets can be purchased at P.D. O’Hurley’s or online through Enda Keegan Music at

Formed in Dundalk, Co. Louth, Bagatelle produced a number of hit records over the years including Summer in Dublin, Second Violin, Love is the Reason and Leeson Street Lady. They have shared the stage with some of the top names in the music industry including Bob Marley, Don McClean, The Boomtown Rats, Jose Feliciano and many, many more.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Tulla festival a feast of culture

By Paul Keating

Tulla, Co. Clare -- It would seem to be one of those scenarios where it would be bringing “coals to Newcastle” to call over the Atlantic and to New Jersey, in particular, for a couple of musicians to deliver jigs and reels in an area that had no shortage of them in the tradition.

The East Clare area around Tulla and neighboring East Galway and Tipperary across the Shannon share a bountiful traditional music legacy that has played a large part in making the scene as robust as it is.

By inviting Mike Rafferty from Hasbrouck Heights and Willie Kelly from Boonton to headline the Tulla Trad Music Festival over the weekend of September 11-13 in Tulla, the organizing committee recognized the continuum aspect of reeling in the music wherever it may have traveled from the banks of the Shannon.

The lovely music contained in their new CD The New Broom merited a launch here on the opening Friday night and a special place on the Sunday concert slot, and once again added to a wonderful celebration of the music in a county known for waving the “Banner” high for it.

In fact, it wasn’t really a stretch to have Rafferty and Kelly here as part the Tulla Traditional Music Festival because it wasn’t just their music that had ties to this locality. Rafferty, soon to be 83 at the end of the month, grew up a short distance away in Larraga, near Ballinakill over the Galway border up north.

Since landing in New York over 60 years ago he has been one of the primary tradition-bearers and keepers of the flame of Irish music from this part of the world, influencing several generations of musicians with his down-home approach to the music.

Kelly was taught by the Glin-County Limerick legend, Martin Mulvihill (from further down the Shannon) in New Jersey, and though his father Joe was from Mayo, records from the Tulla Ceili Band were worn out on the record player at home.

Later on he developed a strong affinity for the music of East Galway and Clare through Rafferty, which was further reinforced through his courtship and marriage to Siobhan Moloney of O’Callaghan Mills not far from Tulla, a very fine flute player herself.

Until this CD came out, his status as one of the finest fiddle players in this style was kept a secret for too long. So this wasn’t any ordinary CD launch, but more of a homecoming for two of the finest gentlemen in Irish America who are well respected across the generations and the Atlantic Ocean.

Paula Carroll of Clare FM provided the opening remarks about their significance -- and that of Irish music in America -- appropriately enough because she captured it on one of her Kitchen Session programs broadcast from America back in February of this year from Willie and Siobhan Kelly’s house.

The back room of Minogues’ Bar in the center of town was where the CD received its Clare launch some months after it came out in April and was launched in New York City and the Catskills. The lovely pacing and simpatico of the music between the venerable native of Ballinakill in East Galway (Rafferty) and his long-time compadre (Kelly) raised in Dumont, New Jersey was a natural for this festival and further enhanced by the accompaniment of Donal Clancy, Mike’s son-in-law who recently returned to Waterford to live in June with his wife Mary Rafferty and family.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

A night of Irish Music

Probably only the Irish would celebrate the first Irish Music night six months to the day before St. Paddy’s Day!

It’s short notice but on Thursday 17th September, the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre will play host to two of the area’s most talented folk musicians – Phil Trainor and Bill O’Brien

Bill O’Brian has been gigging around the Costa Blanca for many years now and he has long pedigree in the music business having has toured Europe with Rory Gallagher, played in the Paris Olympia as part of Chuck Berry’s touring band, gigged in the Wembley Arena in a Country Music Festival, formed one of Ireland’s first Punk band in Cork in 1977 and played at more Irish weddings than he can recall!

His first band, however, was an Irish Folk group and it is to this music, the foundation of much of what is good in the best of world music today, that he returns in the company of Phil Trainor. Bill plays guitar, harmonica, bouzouki and (when he can get his hands on one) banjo. He sings a few songs too.

He’s partnered on the night by Belfast lad Phil Trainor, who is a relative newcomer to the music scene. Phil is a multi instrumentalist and Folk music is Phil’s forte; and Irish music in particular. He normally performs as a solo artist and delivers his material with an unplugged feel and a wicked sense of humour.

All proceeds of the gig are to be donated to the charity Esperanza y Vida (Hope and Life), a charity which helps individuals and families recover from addiction – whether that addiction is drug or alcohol related. This is the first time such a concert has been held at the Virgen del Carmen in Torrevieja. A similar St David’s Day celtic themed show was held a few years ago, but this is the first time an Irish Folk music concert has been staged.

Tickets are priced at €5 each and are on sale at the official box office (Taquilla), which is located at the front of the Municipal Theatre, Plaza Miguel Hernández, Torrevieja with the show taking place in the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre at 2000 hrs..

For more information about the gig or tickets, please call Phil Trainor on 678 980 237.

Keith Nicol

Irish Music Festival kicks off Friday in Muskegon

The Holland Sentinel
Posted Sep 15, 2009 @ 05:11 PM
Muskegon, MI —
The annual Michigan Irish Music Festival returns to Heritage Landing in downtown Muskegon Friday through Sunday, with a complete weekend of live Irish entertainment, activities and culture. Presented by Mercy General Health Partners, the festival features live Irish and Celtic music on three covered stages.

Festival favorites returning this year include Seamus Kennedy, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Switchback, Craic Wisely, Old Blind Dogs, Fonn Mor, and Blackthorn. In addition, several new bands will make an appearance at this year’s festival including Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Solas, Slide, and The Makem & Spain Brothers.

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, masters of fiddle, are two of the world’s most celebrated fiddlers. They also happen to be married. Together, Natalie and Donnell are a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, dance and song. Festival guests will have the chance to hear the fruits of this renowned musical matrimony during an evening of Celtic music.

Solas stepped out onto the world stage in 1996, when Irish music was poised at the brink of a new era of innovation and popularity. The five young musicians who made up the band at the time had no idea that they were to be a galvanizing element in the Irish music scene.

The Makem & Spain Brothers promise to be a crowd favorite this year. A host of various instruments and five male vocals, using three-part harmonies blend for what many have described as a wall of sound.

The origins of Slide trace back to 1999, to southwest Ireland, to a town called Brandon. It was here that the organizers of a local festival invited three Dublin based musicians to play sessions in various pubs over the weekend. Such was the inherent connection of musical approach, style and mindset that the idea of forming some kind of group was born.

Bob and Bernie’s Pub will offer live music, a limerick contest, and irish food.

Other festival activities include the Irish Marketplace, children’s activities, a cultural center, and an acoustic tent.

A highlight on Saturday is the Feis, an Irish dance competition taking place at Muskegon Catholic Central High School. Admission is $8. The school is located at 1145 W. Laketon Ave., Muskegon.
Sunday morning, a Catholic Mass will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a traditional Irish breakfast.
The festival offers an Early-In Free promotion on Friday only from 5 to 6 p.m. sponsored by Family Financial Credit Union. General admission tickets for the festival are $6 on Friday (5 to 11 p.m.), $12 on Saturday (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) and $10 on Sunday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For additional information, tickets, and a complete entertainment schedule, call (231) 739-2028 or visit

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


50th anniversary CD release of first Gael Linn LP

Gael Linn is Ireland’s oldest recording company. Its first LP was issued in 1958 and to commemorate it we are now re-issuing the album on CD for the first time. Prior to issuing an LP, Gael Linn had been issuing gramophone records (78s) since 1957 where songs and music were featured on alternate sides. The same order was followed for the first LP.

On the CD, Cork baritone Tomás Ó Súilleabháin sings eight well-known songs in Irish. Interestingly, the arrangement and piano accompaniment were by Seán Ó Riada, making this Ó Riada’s first commercial recording.

Ó Súilleabháin, who is now retired and living in Dublin, was a regular guest on radio programmes in the 1950s and 60s. During this time, he also toured the States with singers and musiciians who included the late Dermot Troy and Veronica Dunne. Tomás’s personal favourite on the album is Seán Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna.

The album contains Irish airs arranged by contemporary composers and played by the Raidió Éireann Light Orchestra, under the direction of Éimear Ó Broin. The featured composers are: Ó Gallchobhair, Duff, Ó Frighil, Bodley, Ó Riada, Larchet, Fachtna Ó hAnnracháin and TC Kelly.

Many will recognise the theme tune for The Riordans (track 12) and the signature tune of the Chivers sponsored radio programme (track 9).

Gael Linn CEO, Antoine Ó Coileáin, says of the album: ‘Ceolta Éireann is a nostalgic tribute to a bygone era. The album’s music was known and loved by Radio Éireann listeners some fifty years ago.’

CEOLTA ÉIREANN is now available in music stores or on-line from and costs €19.99

Cavan town to host Fleadh 2010

It was the worst kept secret in this region for months, but Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has finally confirmed that Cavan town will host Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2010.
Cavan is celebrating the announcement following a meeting at Comhaltas headquarters in Monkstown, Dublin on September 12, at which the Ardchomhairle voted to stage Ireland's premier traditional culture event in the Lake County.
The Director General of Comhaltas, Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, said that Tullamore, who has hosted the event for the past three years, has set the bar very high for future venues. "Their innovation, dedication, professionalism, hospitality and attention to detail were inspiring. They have placed our cultural traditions on a pedestal and have raised the morale of the hundreds of thousands of people who attended the Fleadhanna for the last three years".
Speaking after the announcement, the County Arts Officer, Catriona O'Reilly said the Fleadh will greatly enrich the cultural life of the entire region.
County Manager Jack Keyes added that the event will be a unique opportunity for Cavan to showcase its talents as well as bringing a welcome boost to the local economy during these difficult times. According to one of the Fleadh organisers, renowned Cavan musician Martin Donohoe, the All-Ireland Fleadh is Ireland's largest festival of music, song and dance and 2010 in Cavan promises to attract over 200,000 visitors and 11,000 musicians from all over the world. The fleadh competitions alone attracting over 4,000 competitors annually from all over Ireland, Britain, Europe, USA and as far away as the Tokyo branch.
The All Ireland Fleadh which plays host to hundreds of sessions will confirm Cavan's place at the heart of Ireland's living tradition.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

The Chieftains held New York’s hand after 9/11

Paddy Moloney's memorable music at Ground Zero
By GEORGINA BRENNAN , Former Irish Voice Reporter

This story first appeared in the Irish Voice newspaper, on October 16, 2001

"Will you hold my hand?" asked Lauren Murphy as she braced herself to greet her husband's mourners. Lauren was speaking to Paddy Moloney, founder of the Chieftains, the Grammy award winning musical ambassadors of Ireland.

Moloney and the band had come to New York specially to play at the memorial service for Lauren's husband Matthew, who considered himself the Chieftains' biggest fan.

Matthew O'Mahony, a merchant banker for Cantor Fitzgerald, had been on the 95th floor of Tower One on September 11. His death brought thousands of mourners to St. Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue on the afternoon of October 10, 2001.

It also brought the Chieftains to grieve the loss of their number one fan. "He never missed any of our concerts," said Moloney sadly. Moloney wanted to come for Lauren, but he also felt that he had some work to do in New York.

Down at Ground Zero the following day, almost no one went untouched as the Chieftains leader remembered the fallen. As mechanical diggers and rescue workers worked side by side in the shadow of the breaking day, Moloney played his tin whistle surrounded by a small group of Irish cops, friends and his daughter Edin.

Moloney played the haunting "Taimse 'imo Chodladh" (I am asleep, don't wake me), an Irish wake song. As the weight of devastation sat heavy on the crowd's hearts Moloney played another lament "Dochas" (hope).

The old Irish tradition of waking the dead that inspired Moloney to come to Ground Zero also made a difference to the rescue workers as they stopped, in the midst of smoke rising from the pits, to gaze at the sight of a small man playing music larger than the city itself.

"When I left the service yesterday, I knew my work here was not done. I felt my visit was not complete," he said. "I hadn't planned to play those tunes, I hadn't rehearsed.

“That often happens; you get inspired at that very split second. Then as I played I felt I saw them, all the faces, faces without images. The mechanics of the music disappeared and my heart went into it. I got the shivers up my back. But now I feel more relaxed," he said as he prepared to catch a flight back to Ireland. His personal tribute was done.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

There's music in them there hills...

THE hills around Pomeroy will soon be filled with music again as pupils enroled in traditional music classes commence again on Tuesday 15th September in St. Marys' Primary school Pomeroy.
Pomeroy branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann has just announced its programme for the 2009/2010 year.

Enrolment for music classes will be held in St. Mary's Primary school on Tuesday 8th September between 7pm and 9pm.

Places are limited in accordion, banjo, fiddle and tin whistle. The classes commence on Tuesday afternoon on 15th September 2009.

The tutors for this year are Clare McCrystal (fiddle), Eugene Hackett (Banjo/Mandolin), Martina Quinn (accordion) and Donna Campbell (tin whistle).

This year it has been decided to hold a family session after each 6 week block of lessons.

This session will replace the music classes for that week and will be held in the primary school as normal. There will be no charge on this night.

The intention is to give all pupils and families an opportunity to socialise and it will enable parents to meet the teachers and established their childrens' progress.

This family session will also provide a platform for pupils to perform as members of a group or as soloists and will give younger pupils the chance to hear the music they will be taught in the future.

It is hoped that all pupils will attend and bring at least one parent to the family sessions to enjoy a tune and a cup of tea in an informal setting.

During the coming year more information will be provided about regular sessions and events (to be arranged).

All enquiries about classes should be directed to Donna Campbell. Telephone 02887757931

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Cootehill is trad capital for Gerry Whelan Festival

Whatever about the weather, Cootehill is always guaranteed a sparkling weekend of traditional music towards the end of September, when some of the biggest names in the business mix it with talented local artists in a festival that has become firmly established as one of the highlights on the Co Cavan town's annual calendar of events.
And whatever about the economy, this year's fifth annual Gerry Whelan Memorial Weekend, from September 18 to 20, looks guaranteed to bring the summer season to a close on an upbeat note of celebration and cheer, as fiddle legend Frankie Gavin heads another all-star line up in honour of a man whose lifelong support and commitment helped build the music tradition into the great bulwark of Irish culture that it is now.
A lively and well-attended pre-launch night of music and song to hail the advent of the festival was held in Mullen's Lounge, Cootehill last Friday night. The memorial weekend itself will see hundreds of local people and visitors alike enjoy concerts, seisiúin, marching band parades and other events, all showcasing what's best in the tradition - and it's only fitting that it takes place in the town that Gerry Whelan, a great supporter of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Irish music had made his home.
Comhaltas, in turn, has returned the compliment over the last five years by enthusiastically playing the part of chief sponsor to this sparkling annual celebration of traditional music and song in Gerry's memory. Marching bands were a particular passion for Gerry, and the annual Whelan festival always brings the town of Cootehill to life with some of the bands that take part in the Gerald Whelan Memorial competition held in his memory at each year's All-Ireland Fleadh.
The weekend's festivities will again include the very cream of traditional music performers, including musicians like fiddling greats Frankie Gavin and Jim McKillop, box maestro Martin Donohoe, Téada guitarist Sean McElwain with concertina specialist Rona Dinkin and fiddler Barry McLaughlin, and great traditional singers like Cavan's Aoife Murray, Frances Rodgers from Down, veteran vocalist Mick Quinn of Armagh and lilting legend Seamus Fay.
For those who want to play the music or enhance their skills, a series of workshops will be given by tutors who are well-recognised masters of their instruments. These include Gerry O'Connor on fiddle, Martin Quinn on accordion, Angelina Carberry on banjo and Áine McGeeney on tin whistle.
The late Gerry Whelan, a native of Mohill, Co Leitrim, was actively involved with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann since the organisation was set up in 1951, and was President of the Ulster Council for a period of thirty years.
As a successful business leader in the footwear industry, he ensured that Irish music and culture benefitted greatly from his entrepreneurial skills, donating generously to fleadhs and other events organised by Comhaltas. With his beloved melodeon or bodhran in hand, Gerry liked nothing better than to settle down to a good seisiún.
The organisers give thanks to sponsors Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Wrangler Footwear, Inishfree Dance Shoes, to Cootehill CCE committee members, and to supporting publicans Kieran Mullen, Don Smith, Hannigan Bros, Gene Bannon, Fergie Donaghue, Kenneth Connolly as well as the White Horse Hotel, Cootehill.
For the full programme of events and more information on what is already showing all the hallmarks of another memorable weekend, log on to, or contact Geraldine Whelan-O'Meara at 085 776 6217 or, or Roisin Lyons at 086 333 9242 or for more information on workshop bookings and concert tickets.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Irish Music MP3 downloads

Download this complete album for free, courtesy of the group Slainte who apparently broke up in 2000. More's the pity...

Track List
Kesh Jig / Leitrim Fancy
Silver Spear set
Star of the County Down
Gander in the Pratie Hole / Morrison's Jig / Drowsy Maggie
Carolan's Draught
Maid Behind the Bar set
Denis Murphy's / John Ryan's
Wild Mt. Thyme
Banish set
Julia Delaney set
Si Beag, Si Mor / Snowy Path

Download mp3 tracks here:

Fleadh winners

Westmeath had a number of winners at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Tullamore.
In the senior whistle competition, Audrey Murphy of Moate came in third, and in the tin whistle (slow airs) competition, Audrey took the top title.
Kathryn Nea from Castletown Geoghegan Comhaltas came in first in the ladies singing in English, while in the gents singing in English, Ballymore's Padraig Keena came in third.
Bunbrosna's set dancers came third in the mixed set dancing competition, while the Streamstown dancers came in third in the set dancing competition for girls aged 12-15, and there was also a third place win for the Bunbrosna set dancers in the senior ladies competition.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Irish Early Music Ensemble eX to Present Two Spectacular Original World Premiere Productions

Co. Dublin, Ireland — 22 Aug. 2009 — Supported by a generous grant from the Arts Council of Ireland, the innovative Irish early music ensemble eX, under the artistic direction of Eric Fraad and Caitríona O’Leary, presents a series of two adventurous original premier productions and two master classes which are open to the public including Shipwrecked, an Adventurous Renaissance Cabaret Oratorio and Motion of the Heart an Occult Mannerist Masque
Irish Early Music Ensemble eX to Present Two Spectacular Original World Premiere Productions Including Shipwrecked, an Adventurous Renaissance Cabaret Oratorio and Motion of the Heart an Occult Mannerist Masque

Supported by a generous grant from the Arts Council of Ireland, the innovative Irish early music ensemble eX, under the artistic direction of Eric Fraad and Caitríona O’Leary, presents a series of two adventurous original premier productions and two master classes which are open to the public.

The series commences on Sunday 20th September 8:00 PM in the Great Hall of the Irish Museum of Modern Art with Shipwrecked, a Cabaret Oratorio featuring renaissance music from Spain, Ireland and England and an encounter between these diverse genres and national styles. The production will be staged by Eric Fraad with dazzling costumes created by the Italian period designer Alessio Rosati who designed eX’s critically acclaimed production The Rape of the Lock in 2008.

Shipwrecked is adapted for the stage by Caitríona O’Leary, Eric Fraad and Jocelyn Clarke from a letter written in 1589 by Francisco de Cuellar, a captain from the Spanish Armada, who was shipwrecked off the west coast of Ireland in 1588 and spent seven months in Connaught and Ulster on the run from the English. Captain de Cuellar’s stranger-than-fiction tale of apocalypse, survival, adventure, romance, brutality and compassion is engaging on a human level and a political one as it brings to life both his personal odyssey and one of Ireland’s - and western history’s - most climactic and transformative events.

Three artists, English period dancer, Steve Player, Spanish tenor, Juan Sancho and actor Keith Dunphy will perform the character of Francisco de Cuellar. Mr. Dunphy, a native of Waterford, studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is well known for his intense and dynamic performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The music, which is arranged by Caitríona O’Leary, serves as a programmatic sound track to the narrative and creates a unique and fascinating stylistic synthesis bringing together some of the world’s most celebrated early music and traditional Irish virtuosi. Performers will include, Sony BMG recording artists, Hille Perl (viola da gamba), Lee Santana (Lute, Vihuela) and Steve Player (Guitar, Dance), EMI/BMG recording artist Caitríona O’Leary (Voice), Clara Sanabras (Voice) and Francesco Turrrisi (Percussion) along with Siobhán Armstrong (Harp), Emer Mayock (Irish Whistle) and Mel Mercier (Percussion).

On Sunday 6th December at 3:00 PM, in the Shaw Room in the National Gallery of Ireland, eX will present Motion of the Heart with Guest Music Director Erin Headley. Ms. Headley has been a central figure in the world of early music for the past thirty years. Among her numerous credits and over 200 hundred recordings she has single handedly been responsible for the rediscovery of the Lirone, and the vast repertory for this remarkable string instrument that is today a normal member of the continuo of many baroque ensembles. She is co-founder of the award-winning ensemble Tragicomedia and has performed with many of the world’s most celebrated groups including Les Arts Florissants with whom she has been a regular member for the past twenty-eight years. Her new ensemble Atalante premiers in the Purcell Room in London this coming October.

Staged as an esoteric occult masque by Director Eric Fraad, Motion of the Heart explores the emotional, spiritual, anatomical, mystical and symbolic functions of the heart through the mannerist music of the early English and Italian baroque. This complex piece will feature music from Narcissus Marsh’s Lyra Viol Book, a remarkable and rarely performed manuscript of 17th century consort and vocal music collected by Narcissus Marsh, Archbishop of Dublin, Cashel and Armagh. Marsh was the man who coined the term microphone and founded Ireland’s first public library. The Marsh Lyra Viol Book contains compositions by English composers of the 17th century including, William Lawes (1602-1645), John Coperario (1575-1626), John Jenkins (1592-1678) and Theodore Steffkins (1629-1673).

Both Shipwrecked and Motion of the Heart will be recorded and released internationally by Heresy Records, a new early music label that will launch in 2010.

For more information please visit

Details for Concert Calendar Listing

Sunday 20th September at 8:00 PM
Great Hall of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Tickets €22.50 Concession €17.50
Tickets available in advance online at:
Tickets also available at the door

Music Direction: Caitríona O’Leary, Hille Perl, Lee Santana
Stage Director: Eric Fraad
Adaptation for the Stage by Caitríona O’Leary, Eric Fraad, Jocelyn Clarke
Set and Costume Design: Alessio Rosati
Lighting Design: Cormac Veale
Hair and Make up Design: Neil Gogoi

Caitríona O’Leary, Voice
Clara Sanabras, Voice and Guitar
Juan Sancho, Voice
Hille Perl, Viola da Gamba
Lee Santana, Lute, Vihuela
Steve Player, Guitar, Dance
Siobhán Armstrong, Harps
Emer Mayock, Whistles
Mel Mercier, Percussion
Francesco Turrisi, Percussion

Keith Dunphy, Francisco de Cuellar
Abby Phillips, Elizabeth I
Robert Donnelly, Phillip II

Master Class:
Hille Perl, Lee Santana and Caitríona O’Leary
Admission Free to the Public

Monday 14th September 2009 at 6:30 PM
Trinity College Department of Music in the Boydell Room


Sunday 6th December at 3:00 PM
The Shaw Room, National Gallery of Ireland
Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Tickets €22.50 Concession €17.50
Tickets available in advance online at:
Tickets also available at the door

Music Direction: Erin Headley
Stage Direction: Eric Fraad
Set and Costume Design: Alessio Rosati
Lighting Design: Cormac Veale

Nadine Balbese, Soprano
Caitríona O’Leary, Mezzo Soprano
David Morris, treble and bass Viol
Erin Headley, bass Viol
Jörg Jacobi, Organ and Harpsichord
Others TBA

Master Class:
Erin Headley
Friday 27th November 2009 at 6:30 PM
Trinity College Department of Music in the Boydell Room
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