Following the Songlines @ Kitchen Cabinet Room
Jun 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Following the Songlines @ Kitchen Cabinet Room | County Dublin | Ireland

Following The Songlines: Theo Dorgan with special guest Cormac Breatnach

Theo Dorgan is a poet, novelist, prose writer, editor, essayist and translator. Among his recent publications are ‘Jason & The Argonauts’ (2014; a libretto); ‘Liberty Walks Naked’ (2015; translations from the French of the Syrian poet Maram al-Masri); ‘Foundation Stone: Towards a Constitution for a 21st Century Republic’ (2013, editor); and  the novel ‘Making Way’ (2013). His most recent collections of poems include ‘Nine Bright Shiners’, which was awarded the Irish Times/Poetry Now Prize for best collection published in 2014, and ‘Orpheus’, a collection of poems published in 2018. He is a member of Aosdána.

Throughout his long career Cormac Juan Breatnach has played with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams, Donal Lunny, Bernard Purdie and Susan McKeown. In 2018 Cormac collaborated with Daire Bracken and Martin Tourish to record his ‘Whistle Blower’ CD, performing his compositions live in 2019 with film and graphics.

Theo and Cormac have long shared an interest in the relationships between lyric poetry and traditional music. Mixing poems, tunes, compositions and conversation. Reflecting on the influence of Greece on Dorgan’s poems and of the Basque country on Breatnach’s music, they explore the cross-influences of the known and the unfamiliar.

When: Saturday 1st June
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Kitchen Cabinet Room

Tickets: €10 each or €30 for a family of 4. Tickets available from

Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne @ Farmleigh Ballroom

Elsafty, Armstrong & Browne

Witness the scintillating voice of one of Ireland’s finest singers Róisín Elsafty, together with the very rare and meltingly beautiful sound of the medieval Irish harp, played by Ireland’s foremost historical harper Siobhán Armstrong, woven through with the diverse colours of Ronan Browne’s flutes, whistles and 180-year-old Irish pipes.

From sparkling songs to harp laments and old pipes ‘pieces’, this concert will treat you to an all-too-rare experience of the rich and unique sound of early Ireland. Róisín performs mesmerising, unaccompanied songs in the florid Connemara style and, with Siobhán and Ronan, evocative love songs of the old Irish harpers. Siobhán plays an almost unique copy of Ireland’s national emblem, the medieval Trinity College or Brian Boru harp, in the ancient manner with fingernails striking wire strings producing a delicious sound that transfixes the listener. And Ronan’s low-pitched Grand Union pipes, dating from the 1840s, have that rich tone that makes you want to curl up and snuggle deep into their rumbling purr as he performs old airs, marches and jigs.

The coming together of these three musical minds with their deep fascination, love and respect for that past which created our present, makes for a warm, informative and joyous evening’s entertainment.

When: Saturday 15th June
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom

Tickets: €15 each or €50 for a family of 4. Tickets available from

Dublin Musical Saunter @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Jun 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dublin Musical Saunter @ Farmleigh Ballroom

Dublin Musical Saunter 2 by Great Music in Irish Houses Festival

A John O’Conor Celebration

This second concert in the 2019 Dublin Musical Saunter demonstrates the successes of some of John O’Conor’s students at international competitions around the world. An impressive line-up of pianists from home and abroad, Finghin Collins, Soo Jung Ann, Lance Coburn, Alexander Bernstein and Sae Yoon Chon will perform. The programme includes five works by Irish composers who were commissioned by the Dublin International Piano Competition over its 30-year history and of which John O’Conor is co-founder and Artistic Director.

Elaine Agnew: Seagull
Vine: Five Bagatelles
John Kinsella: Reflection II
Marian Ingoldsby: Exchange:The Irish and Normans Mingle at the Fair from the Ros Tapestry Suite
David Byers: A Full Moon
Amy Beach: A Hermit Thrush at Eve, op 92 no 1
Deirdre Gribbin: Unseen
Rachmaninov: Lilacs, op 21 no 5 Daisies, op 38
Gráinne Mulvey: Interference Patterns
Frederic Rzewski: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

When: Sunday 16 June
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
Tickets €10 – €15 on

Mid Summer Songs @ Farmleigh Ballroom
Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

MID-SUMMER SONGS with AMY NÍ FHEARRAIGH (soprano) & DAVID HOWES (bass-baritone), accompanied by AOIFE O’SULLIVAN (piano) 

Amy Ní Fhearraigh graduated from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with first class honours and is one of four Young Artists in Irish National Opera’s 2018-2019 Studio. She made her RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra debut in a live broadcast on Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive on RTÉ lyric fm. She has performed in the annual Glasthule Opera Gala under David Brophy, for the inaugural Rising Stars Concert in the University Concert Hall, and the Cahersiveen Festival of Music and the Arts with the INO Orchestra conducted by Killian Farrell.

David Howes is a Bass-Baritone from Limerick, where he began his studies with Olive Cowpar. He now studies with Robert Dean and is a graduate of the distinguished Young Artist Programme with Northern Ireland Opera. In opera, David has had the honour of premiering the roles of Jack and Flynn in the world premiere of Andrew Synott’s Dubliners and also “Rose” in John O Brien’s Nightingale and The Rose.

Join Amy and David this mid-summer Saturday for a feast of light-hearted and uplifting songs from the best-known operas and composers.

This event is supported by Precision Pianos, Ireland’s premier piano showroom.

When: Saturday 22nd June
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom

Tickets: €15 each or €50 for a family of 4. Tickets available from