Farmleigh Music and Arts Festival – Nov 28th to Dec 1st, 2019

4-Day festival of contemporary music, drama, literature and poetry.

Curated by Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn, in association with the Office of Public Works, featuring Stephen Rea, Laura Snowden, Barry McGovern, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Paddy Glackin Moya Cannon, Theo Dorgan, Mick O’Brien, Cliona Doris, Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet, Peter Sheridan, Farmleigh Voices conducted by David Brophy & more.


About this Event
Laura Snowden

Laura Snowden

Sunday 1st December 2019 | 7pm – 9:30pm | The Ballroom | Free Admission

Beckett’s Glass Guitar

with Barry McGovern, Peter Sheridan and The Beckett Guitar Quartet (Laura Snowden, Michael O’Toole, David Creevy and Dave Flynn)

“Music always wins” – Samuel Beckett

The first of the minimalist pieces……..were written to go with Beckett.” – Philip Glass

Exploring the influence of Samuel Beckett on musical minimalism. This unique event features readings by Beckett experts Barry McGovern and Peter Sheridan, interspersed with Beckett-influenced music by Philip Glass, arranged for guitar quartet by Dave Flynn.

The writings of Beckett are perhaps the single biggest influence on the early minimalist music  of Philip Glass. Glass knew Beckett in 1960’s Paris and though Beckett rarely allowed music in productions of his work, he gave Glass permission to compose music for several productions including Company, for which Beckett sent Glass one simple instruction – “The music should go into the interstices of the text, as it were.”

The Beckett Guitar Quartet, formed especially for this show, will perform Glass’ music for Company alongside his 3rd Quartet Mishima. Laura Snowden and Michael O’Toole will each also perform minimalist guitar solos composed by Snowden and Flynn.


Free Admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. Performance starts at 7pm.

Farmleigh House is accessed through the Phoenix Park. For directions please click here.