Sunday, 22 May 2022

E-Bow - World Premier

World premiere of E-Bow, composed by Dave Flynn and joined by Galway's ConTempo Quartet.

About this event

Galway Music Residency (GMR) in association with Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) presents the World Premiere of E-Bow, a new work by Irish composer Dave Flynn for string quartet and electric guitar, performed by Galway’s ConTempo Quartet and the composer himself. The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency and Galway City Council.

The work will be housed in a wider event which will include other musical performances, talks and an interview with the composer Dave Flynn.

Praised in the New York Times for the "power and intensity" of his music, composer and virtuoso guitarist Dave Flynn works across several genres and some of the world's best musicians. His music is acclaimed internationally and has been performed in prestigious venues such as MoMA and Ireland's National Concert Hall by ensembles including the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Formed in 1995 in Bucharest, ConTempo Quartet is recognised as one of the most exciting and vibrant chamber ensembles performing today. The quartet was chosen as GMR’s Ensemble in Residence in 2003 and continues to captivate audiences throughout the city and county with its repertoire of classical, contemporary, folk and traditional music.

This event is supported by Galway City Council & the Arts Council.

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Location: O'Donoghue Theatre, NUI Galway    
Time: 15:00

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Máirtín O'Connor

Máirtín O'Connor joined by Ciara O'Connor, Sinead O'Connor, Garry O'Briain & Jim Higgins for this musical performance.

About this event

He began playing the accordion at the age of nine, and his remarkable career has seen him as a member of many traditional music's leading groups including, Midnight Well, De Dannan, The Boys of the Lough, Skylark. He has also played with Christy Moore. His first solo album 'A Connachtman's Rambles' established him as a solo musician and proved a major critical success. The album remained in the British Folk charts for a considerable period. Máirtín's second solo album 'Perpetual Motion', released in 1990 is one of the best accordion albums ever produced by an Irish artist and displays his astounding skill, dexterity and versatility to the full. The release in 1993 of his 'Chatterbox' album have further evidence of his outstanding technique, imagination and compositional talent.

Máirtín's infectious and irresistible style and constantly growing status has kept him very busy not only with live concerts but also as a session musician on recordings by many national and international musicians such as Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello, Mark Knofler, Tanita Tikaram, Townes Van Zandt, Chieftans, the Dubliners, Davy Spillane, Maire Brennan, the Waterboys.

In 1995 Máirtín became the first recipient of the Allied Irish Banks, Traditional Musician of the Year award at a ceremony in his hometown of Galway. The award was to acknowledge the tremendous contribution made by Máirtín to traditional Irish Music and in particular accordion music.

As a soloist he has performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra on Bill Whelan's 'Sevillle Suite' and in 1995 he played a major role in Bill's world renowned 'Riverdance'. He has also worked on the music for Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' featuring Ben Kingsley and written by Shaun Davey, plus Bill Whelan's 'Some Mother's Son'.

For the last decade he has worked with Cathal Hayden, Seamie O'Dowd and Jim Higgins, recording two albums 'Crossroads' and 'Going Places'.

As well as his two daughters, Máirtín will be joined on stage by fellow Galwegians, Garry O'Briain and Jim Higgins. Garry has been a member of a number of Irish bands, including Aengus, Buttons and bows, Skylark, and The Brothers, and he has appeared on an extensive list of recordings as a session players. Jim Higgins is a member of Galway's iconic rock band 'The Stunning' as well as collaborating with some of Ireland's finest musicians in his own right.


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Location: The Cube, NUI Galway    
Time: 13:00

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Arts in Action - Ralph Vaughan Williams 150th Anniversary

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
About this event

Christopher Bowen - Tenor

Finghin Collins - Piano

ConTempo Quartet

INA BOYLE "Lament for Bion" (world premiere) VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "On Wenlock Edge"

This very special lunchtime concert features six musicians in an outstanding programme which includes two major 20th century works: the world premiere of Irish composer Ina Boyle's "Lament for Bion" for tenor and string quartet and Vaughan Williams' popular song cycle "On Wenlock Edge" for tenor, string quartet and piano.

MfG's Artistic Director Finghin Collins and Glaway's ConTempo Quartet are joined by New Zealand tenor Christopher Bowen to perform these evocative works.

Presented by Music for Galway in association with Galway Music Residency and NUIGalway Arts in Action.

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Location: Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway    
Time: 13:00

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Arts in Action - Julie Comparini & Yonit Kosovske

Julie Comparini & Yonit Kosovske

Watershed is a new song cycle for voice and piano inspired by the natural bodies of water and land in Ireland's midwest region and along the Atlantic coast.  With music by renowned Irish composer Ailís Ní Ríain and text by Ballina-Killaloe resident, poet Jessica Brown, it is a song cycle inextricably rooted in place and in nature. Central to the song-texts - which are taken from Jessica's superb collection, And Say (Revival Press, Limerick 2019) - are themes informed by the writer's personal interaction with water and the surrounding landscapes in counties Clare and Tipperary: Holy Island, the hills of Moylussa and Tountinna overlooking Lough Derg, the dunes of Fanore, the Burren cliffs, and the forest path of the Galtees and the Silvermines.

Musicians Julie Comparini and Yonit Kosovske perform the new work as part of a contemporary Art Song programme titled Lough Derg 1 & 2 in which they present two song titles, new and slightly older: Ailís Ní Ríain's Watershed (2020) alongside Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs (1953) composed on texts by medieval monks and poets writing about Lough Derg in Donegal. The Watershed song cycle was made possible through funding received from the Arts Council Music Commissions Award in 2020. The Watershed CD, produced by Now and Then Media was released in November 2021 and features the song cycle, poetry readings, and field recordings of soundscapes along and near Lough Derg in County Clare.

Presented by Music for Galway in association with Arts in Action.

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Location: Emily Anderson Concert Hall (Upper Aula Maxima), NUI Galway    
Time: 13:00

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Declan O Rourke (reading from 'The Pawnbrokers Reward')

Join us for a very special Arts in Action event where, Declan O’Rourke discuss and read from 'The Pawnbrokers Reward'

About this event

Declan O’Rourke, one of Ireland’s best-loved singer-songwriters turned author will join James Harrold to discuss and read from his literary debut novel, The Pawnbrokers Reward. The book is based on real lives and events from this defining moment in Ireland’s history. It was released in Ireland by Gill Books on 5 Nov 2021 and climbed to Number 2 in Hardback Fiction by the third week of release where it currently sits.

O’ Rourke has been described by The New York Times as a writer of songs full of ‘compassion, romance, a sense of mortality and a sense of history’. His award-winning album Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine illuminated an extraordinary series of eye-witness accounts, including the story of Pádraig and Cáit ua Buachalla in the song ‘Poor Boy’s Shoes’. His hit song ‘Galileo’ has been described by Paul Weller as the song from the past thirty years he most wished he’d written. Other notable fans of O’Rourke include the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Imelda May, Pete Townshend and Eddi Reader, who described O’Rourke as ‘one of the finest songwriters on the planet’.


1846. County Cork.

On the barren outskirts of Macroom, Pádraig and Cáit ua Buachalla face a perilous winter after the comprehensive failure of their blighted crop – the final episode in a whole history threatening to push them over the edge.

From his shop at the centre of town, pawnbroker Cornelius Creed sees the poor in their darkest hour, his premises often being their last stop on the way to the workhouse. Perfectly placed at the juncture between the classes, through Creed we also follow the wider political events that inform local government decisions and their impact on those struggling to survive.

Their stories, and those of many others, weave into a powerful account of the Great Famine’s grip on a single Irish town. At once epic and intimate, this meticulously researched, multilayered work from one of Ireland’s best-loved singer-songwriters delivers a rich, lyrical debut that resonates powerfully with our own troubled times.

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Location: O'Donoghue Centre    
Time: 13:00

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Arts in Action - Andrea Banciu and Aileen Cahill

'Andrea Banciu and Aileen Cahill'

A duo since 2015, Andreea and Aileen have explored the beautiful, but often less familiar, repertoire for viola and piano.

In particular, the duo strive to promote the often-overlooked music of female composers. This programme will include works by Minna Keal, Jane O'Leary, Rebecca Clarke and Franz Schubert.

Andreea is best known as violist in ConTempo Quartet, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Winners of numerous international prizes, their diverse repertoire includes full cycles of Beethoven and Bartok quartets, contemporary music and collaborations with visual artists, dancers and DJs. In recognition of their immense cultural contribution, the ensemble was conferred as Doctors in honoris causa, NUI Galway, and was recently awarded the distinction of Cultural Merit, in the Order of Knighthood, by the President of Romania. Andreea frequently joins the National Symphony Orchestra as Lead Violist, and is an active collaborator across genres. Currently, she lectures in Viola at TU Dublin Conservatoire.

Originally from Sligo, Aileen is a collaborative pianist based in Dublin, where she is a doctoral candidate at TU Dublin Conservatoire. Previously, she lectured in piano and piano accompaniment at the Conservatoire, as well as Dundalk IT and Maynooth University. Aileen has been a multiple prizewinner at Sligo, Arklow and Dublin Feiseanna, and has competed internationally many times. In masterclass, she has worked with esteemed teachers such as Christian Favre, Barry Douglas, Marie-Françoise Bucquet and Jacques Rouvier. In concerto, she has been a regular soloist with the Sligo Baroque Orchestra, Budweis Philharmonic (Czech), Greystones Orchestra and Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. Aileen is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the Contemporary Music Centre, where she will curate a catalogue and performance series to showcase the Centre's rich archive of chamber music.


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Location: Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway    
Time: 13:00

Arts in Action 2022