November 28, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Farmleigh Ballroom
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
Mick O'Brien

Mick O’Brien

Thursday 28th November 2019 | 8pm – 10:30pm | The Ballroom | Ticket €10

Stories from the Old World – Ceol Nua for Voice, Pipes, String Quartet and Harps

“We have entered a new era in Irish music, in which a language based on traditional music and song is producing extraordinary work across genres” – Toner Quinn (Journal of Music)

Farmleigh Composer-in-Residence Dave Flynn invites you to enter a new world conjured from ancient Irish sounds, in an unprecedented gathering of leading Irish musicians.

Kerry Slides and Polkas dance with the minimalism of Steve Reich when the luminous voice of Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and the majestic piping of Mick O’Brien   merge magnificently with the Irish Memory Orchestra String Quartet in Flynn’s Stories from the Old World. Flynn redeems the reputation of Kerry story-teller Peig Sayers by setting her unsanitised words of wit, wisdom and poetry to a pulsating, ground-breaking score.

Calmly Awaiting the End is a moving tribute to 1916 revolutionary Éamonn Ceannt,  which casts O’Brien as Ceannt the piper, battling the bowed forces of the IMO String Quartet [Maria Ryan, Lucia MacPartlin, Niamh Varian-Barry, Maria O’Connor).

The Cranning is a “tremendously exciting” (Irish Examiner) work praised for its “power and grittiness”. (New York Times).

Virtuoso harpists Cliona Doris and Clare McCague round out the event by performing beautiful modern Irish harp music by Deirdre McKay, Brian Boydell and Joan Trimble.


1st Half

Dave Flynn – String Quartet No.2 The Cranning (12”)

Joan Trimble – Duet for two Irish Harps (5”)

Deirdre McKay –A Pale Yellow Sky (excerpts) (8”)

Dave Flynn – Calmly Awaiting the End (10”)

2nd Half

Dave Flynn – Harp-Lute – 5” (World Premiere)

Brian Boydell – Two Sketches for two Irish Harps (5”)

Deirdre McKay – Handwoven for solo harp (5”)

Dave Flynn – Stories from the Old World (20”)


To Purchase tickets please click here!  Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments available before the performance. Performance starts at 8pm.

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