The Drawing From the Well programme – developed by the Irish Traditional Music Archive – connects Ireland’s leading contemporary traditional performers with the great traditional collections housed in the archive in order to inspire new work. So the ITMA has assembled many of those artists for a series of concerts of traditional music, song and dance. (For more information on the Drawing from the Well Project, see https://www.itma.ie/drawingfromthewell).
The first event takes place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin on September 11 – featuring an extensive line-up of 14 of the country’s top musicians, singers and dancers who have been inspired by the ITMA collections under the Drawing from the Well Programme. They are Laoise Kelly (harp), Cormac Begley (concertina), Conor Connolly (accordion), Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle), Jesse Smith (fiddle), Deirdre Hurley (flute), Mairéad Hurley (concertina), Aoife Granville (flute) and Steve Cooney (guitar) will perform along with renowned singers Daoirí Farrell, Radie Peat and Brían Mac Gloinn, and distinguished dancers Edwina Guckian and Caitlín Nic Gabhann who also is one of Ireland’s leading young concertina players. The NCH programme will also be interspersed with the spoken word by poets Vincent Woods and Moya Cannon who will present the performances.
- September 12: Séamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, Co. Derry
- September 13: Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
- September 14: Áras Éanna Ionad Ealaine Inis Oirr, Inisheer, Co. Galway
- September 15: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
- September 16: Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly
Information on booking tickets is available from https://www.itma.ie/events.