2023 Programme

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2023 Programme

Confirmed artists so far – more to be announced

Thursday 7th April - Gerry O’Connor and Gilles le Bigot in concert

The Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen

Two brilliant musicians from two very different disciplines, come together in concert to swop and share their enormous talents. Wonderful music, full of passion, fire and energy….., ” David Kidman

In 2006 Gerry and Gilles recorded an album before a live audience in Brittany. Critics hailed it as “one of the great records of fiddle music” and “flawless in a way that is rarely found with live albums”. Now fourteen years on the duo have chosen Féile Patrick Byrne to record their second live album. Those attending will get to experience two superb musicians close-up while also being part of the recording process.

In 2006 Gerry and Gilles recorded an album before a live audience in Brittany. Critics hailed it as “one of the great records of fiddle music” and “flawless in a way that is rarely found with live albums”. Now fourteen years on the duo have chosen Féile Patrick Byrne to record their second live album. Those attending will get to experience two superb musicians close-up while also being part of the recording process.

Friday 8th April - The Oriel Traditional Orchestra and Dave Flynn

Íontas, Castleblayney
The World premiere of a new work by internationally renowned composer Dave Flynn will be performed by the Oriel Traditional Orchestra. Flynn is well-known as the founder and director of the Irish Memory Orchestra and his compositions have previously been performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Prague Chamber Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Vanbrugh Quartet & ConTempo Quartet amongst others, as well as leading traditional artists including Liz Carroll, Máirtín O’Connor, Paddy Glackin and Martin Hayes.
The Oriel Traditional Orchestra is a voluntary, intergenerational, cross-border community orchestra and has focused on performing music from the Oriel region as well as new compositions inspired by people, places and historical events in counties Armagh, Louth and Monaghan.
The Arts Council have commissioned Dave Flynn to compose a suite of music especially for the Orchestra and inspired by the Oriel region with reference to the harper Patrick Byrne. A World first for the Orchestra and for Féile Patrick Byrne.

Saturday 9th April - Garadice

venue tbc
“A classic Irish folk album, in the footsteps of De Danann or Stockton’s Wing, mixing solid traditional tunes with songs old and new” . . . .Alex Monaghan
Garadice feature Eleanor Shanley (lead vocals), Dave Sheridan (Flute, Accordion and Piano), Padraig McGovern (Uilleann Pipes and Whistles) and John McCartin (Guitar). Brought together by the Leitrim Equation project, the band present beautiful arrangements of songs and tunes, some original and some of which have not been played for over 200 years. They are all master musicians who have gelled together to create a fantastic sound.
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