Traditional musicians for new Resonate residencies

Three projects involving musicians with a traditional background have been named by Music Network among the six approved for this year’s second edition of its Resonate programme which places established professional musicians in creative residencies in six cultural spaces around Ireland between July and October.
Singer, Pauline Scanlon, and multi-instrumentalist, Barry Kerr (pictured above), will collaborate on a traditional singing project while composer and concertina player, Niall Vallely, will team up with cellist, Kate Ellis, and saxophone player, Kenneth Edge, to create new instrumental pieces. Irish-Dutch singer and guitarist Patrick Stefan Groenland will join forces with the Irish-Persian folk band, Navà, to create new songs with Irish, Persian and African folk influences. 
Focusing on traditional songs where feelings of longing for home, freedom, love, acceptance, and peace are central themes, The Longing project, led by Scanlon and Kerr, aims to create beautiful, contemporary arrangements culminating in a performance in Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, accompanied by singer and harpist. Síle Denvir, and percussionist, Eamon Murray.

Meanwhile the collaboration led by Niall Vallely will create and perform a new series of pieces entitled Bearna which translates as a gap or space. The trio will explore the musical concepts offered by spaces that exist in between different genres of music and people’s varied musical perspectives.

With a shared a love of global music, Patrick Stefan Groenland and Navá will build on recent successful instrumental performances, adding vocals to complement their considerable multi-string sound palette. Their collaboration will be showcased at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny. 

Each project will also receive an award of €8,000 to support and facilitate the making of new work and creative partnerships. Audiences will have opportunities to enjoy the new material at live concerts in November and later online on social media platforms.

The other three projects are led by mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell, in residence at glór, Ennis; classical violinist, Patrick Rafter, at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork; and soprano, Elizabeth Hilliard, at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Among the participants in the Resonate programme in 2021 were singer-songwriter, Emma Langford, uilleann piper, David Power, and.fiddler and singer, Clare Sands.

Niall Vallely
Kate Ellis
Emma Langford
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