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 www.eventbrite.ie
PATRICK RAFTER (violin) & ELLEN JANSSON (piano)
Celebrated as one of Ireland’s most gifted and exciting musicians, Patrick Rafter has compelled and inspired audiences throughout the world. A star-studded journey includes debuts with some of the finest orchestras such as Prague Philharmonia, performances alongside leading conductors including Semyon Bychkov and Marin Alsop, and sharing the stage with the world’s most acclaimed musicians such as Maxim Vengerov and Shlomo Mintz. A personal invitation to study under Vengerov has led to 1st prizes in international competitions and has been a catalyst to an international career. Upcoming projects include an album recording, performances throughout Europe and debuts with leading orchestras such as the London Mozart Players.
Born into an exceptionally musical family, Patrick quickly rose to attention with over 50 national accolades. He is a top graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. He has studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin under Fionnuala Hunt and Eyal Kless. He is deeply grateful to the department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht whose support allows him to perform on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin made in Paris in 1840 and a Eugene Sartory bow from Paris 1925.
Ellen Jansson recently graduated top of her class from the undergraduate programme at CIT Cork School of Music, where she was also recipient of the Cork Orchestral Society Emerging Artist Award. She spent a year studying with Professor Martin Hughes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and is also a past pupil of the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where she was the winner of the Chetham’s Yamaha Piano Competition. Ellen has also been awarded first prize in both the CSM Advanced Recital and Senior Concerto Competitions and was the recipient of a Flax Trust bursary at the Camerata Ireland Academy of Clandeboye Festival 2016.
Ellen has appeared as soloist with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Esker Festival Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and CSM Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in many prominent venues in Ireland and abroad, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Großes Studio Mozarteum (Salzburg), Alexela Concert Hall (Tallinn, Estonia), Ukrainian Radio Concert Hall (Kiev), RDS Concert Hall, John Field Room NCH and the National Concert Hall (Dublin). Recent festival appearances for Ellen include the Ortús Chamber Music Festival, Killaloe Chamber Music Festival and the ‘Finding a Voice’ Festival in Clonmel.
César Franck – Sonata in A for piano and violin
Claude Debussy – Sonata for violin and piano in G minor
Eugène Ysaÿe – Sonata No. 3 in D minor (Ballade)
Maurice Ravel – Tzigane
This event is supported by Precision Pianos, Ireland’s premier piano showroom.
Saturday 20th July 2019 | 3pm | Farmleigh Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)
ZOË CONWAY (fiddle) & JOHN Mc INTYRE (guitar)
With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new. The husband and wife folk duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments.
They have released two recordings to date – the newest release is a superb collection of live European performances, Live in Concert, released in spring 2017. The album showcases their mesmerising musical interaction on-stage, and also reveals some of their more virtuosic repertoire outside of the Irish traditional genre. Relaxed and atmospheric, the respect and understanding that they have of traditional Irish music and song also shines through.
Their debut duo album, entitled ‘Go Mairir I Bhfad’ (‘Long Life To You’), received a glorious 5 stars from national paper, The Irish Times. For this unique album, they commissioned twelve leading Irish composers to each compose a piece specifically for Zoë and John, for fiddle and guitar, with the aim of collectively presenting a snapshot of traditional Irish music alive today. The renowned composers who took part in the project were Liz Carroll, Steve Cooney, Frankie Gavin, Andy Irvine, Charlie Lennon, Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Peadar Ó Riada, Mícheál Ó Súilleabhán, Tommy Peoples, Niall Vallely and Bill Whelan.
The release of these albums has brought international attention to the duo, and so they are increasingly in demand in Ireland and abroad for performances, talks and workshops.
Zoë, no stranger to the stage, has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Riverdance, Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella to mention but a few. In contrast to this, she has been an important figure within classical music circles in Ireland and abroad, as her crossover discipline has allowed her the pleasure of appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German WDR Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include her own compositions and works composed for her by world renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.
John grew up in the Cooley Mountains of north County Louth where he took up guitar at 8 years of age. He began his career as electric guitarist with the successful indie band, The Revs, with whom he performed on many famous stages and festivals including Oxygen, and Slane in Ireland, Reading and Leeds in the UK, and toured extensively in USA, Australia and Europe. He has worked alongside many world renowned producers, and is now also producing and recording in many genres. John studied classical guitar and piano for many years, and from early childhood was immersed in the language, songs and traditional dance music of south west Donegal – his father’s homeplace.
Together, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre have been described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC), and audiences in Ireland and beyond keep coming back for more. They have performed for rock stars, millionaires and dignitaries around the world, including Irish Presidents Mary Mc Aleese and Michael D. Higgins. They were awarded Best Live Show from popular YouTube channel, Balcony TV, and have received in excess of a combined half a million views online. “An ceol is binne agus is cruinne dá gcuala mé riamh.”
Saturday 27th July 2019 | 3pm | Farmleigh Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)
GRÁINNE HAMBLY (harp, concertina) & WILLIAM JACKSON (harp, tin whistle, bouzouki)
Gráinne Hambly, from County Mayo, is an internationally recognised exponent of the Irish harp, and is in great demand as a performer and teacher, both at home and abroad. She studied music at Queen’s University Belfast and also plays concertina. She has attracted glowing praise for her live performances and recorded material, which brilliantly showcase what has been described as her ‘absolute mastery of the Irish harp’. Gráinne has toured and recorded with various artists and has released a number of CDs, including Music from Ireland and Scotland with William Jackson, as well as having written books of arrangements for solo harp and harp ensemble.
Originally from Glasgow and now living in the west of Ireland, William Jackson has been at the forefront of Scottish traditional music for many years. In 1976 he was a founding member of the band Ossian, with whom he toured extensively in Europe and North America. Ossian also produced a series of acclaimed recordings which remain a benchmark for Scottish music. In addition to being a renowned harper, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, he has gained an international reputation as a composer of music combining traditional and classical elements. William is also a trained Music Therapist.
Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson are two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland. For this intimate Farmleigh concert, they will perform a selection of Irish and Scottish tunes, including 17th- and 18th-century harp pieces, lively dance tunes and recent compositions. Combining their extraordinary talents on harp, as well as concertina, tin whistle and bouzouki, they perform all over the world, dazzling audiences with their artistry. With demanding solo careers that often have them performing on different continents, their combined show is a special treat.
Saturday 17th August 2019 | 3pm | Farmleigh Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)
KATERINA GARCÍA & BAND
Katerina García & Band is a group of five musicians of diverse nationalities and musical affiliations, ranging from Classical and Jazz (Peter Moc, acoustic guitar, Ales Bajgart, bass) to world music / traditional (Katerina García, lead vocal, Síle Denvir, Irish harp, and Robert Harvey, flute). Together they embark on a musical journey across the European continent, exploring and re-imagining musical traditions as diverse as the Eastern-Mediterranean Sephardic cancionero, the songs of Central Europe, the Iberian Peninsula, and Ireland.
About the performers:
Katerina García is a Czech-Spanish singer born in Prague, raised in Barcelona and currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Since joining her first band in 1999, Katerina been collaborating with numerous musicians across musical genres. In 2013 she founded, together with her sister Barbara García and Bosnian singer and guitarist Predrag Duronjić, the band ‘Kon Sira’, where she performed Sephardic and Balkan traditional music. In 2013, the band released the album Kon Sira: Songs form the Sephardic Tradition, which brought together song material collected by Katerina in the course of her academic research, which focused on the language varieties spoken by Sephardic Jews in Thessaloniki, Greece. Katerina currently works in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Síle Denvir hails from Indreabhán, Conamara and was surrounded by music and song from an early age. Her first language is Irish and this lead naturally to an interest in traditional sean-nós singing. Immersed in this tradition of sean-nós singing, she learned songs from many local singers, including Máire Uí Dhroighneán and Patsy Ó Ceannabháin. Síle is also a harpist and is a founding member of the group Líadan. She is the presenter of the programme ‘Sean-Nós’ on TG4, the second series of which was recently aired on TG4. Síle has a particular interest in Irish language song and in 2008 Cló Iar-Chonnacht published her book ‘Dearcadh an tSaoil – Amhráin Chiaráin Uí Fhátharta’, an edition of songs composed by the Conamara songwriter Ciarán Ó Fátharta, including a critical analysis of the songs and their context. Her most recent CD Caithréim: Ceol agus Amhráin ó Dhrámaí an Phiarsaigh, based on her most recent research project on music and song from the plays of Pearse, was published by Cló Iar-Chonnacht in May 2016. The CD was shortlisted by the Irish Times in the Best Traditional Album 2016 category and it also received the accolade of Best Traditional Album of 2016 at the Nós awards in January 2017. Síle is currently working as an Irish lecturer at Dublin City University.
Robert Harvey Seven times All-Ireland Champion, Dr. Robert Harvey studied music in Trinity College Dublin and Conservatory of Music and Drama DIT, where he graduated with first class honours and was presented with the President’s Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in 2010. Robert recently completed PhD research on Traditional Composition in the East Galway Style. Robert was selected by Donal Lunny as flute player for the Irish television series “Lorg Lunny”, which resulted in the formation of the band Ciorras, with whom he has toured extensively internationally and released the acclaimed album ‘Silver Lining’. In 2017, Robert played the part of ‘Robin’ in the animated short film ‘The Lost Letter’ narrated by Kate Winslet, and also features in the RTÉ produced animated children’s show ‘Peak Zoo’. Robert lectures in Irish music in Trinity College Dublin, in addition to being in demand internationally as a teacher, examiner, adjudicator and performer.
Peter Moc is a full-time educator, performer, music promoter, music director, composer and an author of jazz guitar text book series. This guitarist of Czech origin has performed and taught music in Ireland, the USA, the UK, Denmark and the Czech Republic. Peter has played with legendary American jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, professor Sheryl Bailey from the world-wide known and prestigious Berklee College of music in Boston, and in 2016 he recorded his third album in NYC with jazz super-star Lage Lund. Since 2010, Peter has been working in Ireland and Northern Ireland with nearly all major Jazz artists, such as BBC broadcaster and a trumpet player Linley Hamilton, Kevin Brady and Michael Buckley.
Ales Bajgart is a Czech bass and guitar player for over 25 years. During this period he has been playing in many music bands and groups in various musical genres, primarily Jazz fusion and Blues. In the Czech Republic he was one of the founders of the famous regional jazz band Lady Betka, which performed at concerts and festivals for more than a decade. Ales also performed for over two years as a stage musician in the Slovácko Theatre in Uherské Hradiště (Czech Republic) in the plays “Some Like It Hot” and “Wild Years”. He has spent the last few years as a session musician, contributing to studio recordings and tours. He is currently a member of the Dublin-based jazz/folk band Crow Airport.
Saturday 14th September 2019 | 3pm | The Ballroom | €15 / €50 family ticket (4)