The world premiere of Causeway, a specially commissioned work by award-winning Scottish musician, Mohsen Amini, will be performed by Nós Nua – the Louth Youth Folk Orchestra. Delayed by two years because of the pandemic, the premiere will finally take place on on May 1 in Drogheda’s Barbican Centre as part of the Drogheda Arts Festival.
Inspired by the legend of the Giant’s Causeway, Causeway celebrates the cultural connections between Scotland and Ireland. As well as the premiere, the event will see a special performance by concertina virtuoso, Mohsen Amini, along with award-winning fiddler, Bene Morris, his bandmate in the trio, Talisk. The pair will be joined by Fermoy piper, Ryan Murphy, who is a member of Mohsen’s “other band” – the renwned instrumental quintet, Ìmar. Completing the line-up for this special concert will be guitarist, Shane McCartan.
Founded in in 2017 as a joint initiative of Music Generation Louth and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Nós Nua draws its membership from across Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan and Armagh. Nós Nua was the first folk orchestra to perform at the Festival of Youth Orchestras in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. They have performed on TG4’s Fleadh TV, at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Drogheda and recently recorded music for John Creedon’s Atlas of Ireland.
The Causeway project is funded by the Irish Arts Council through the Young Ensemble Scheme.