Brian Irvine with Francesco Turrisi, Malachy Robinson and Eamon Sweeney

Brian Irvine with Francesco Turrisi, Malachy Robinson and Eamon Sweeney

Brian Irvine - conductor | Francesco Turrisi - multi-instrumentalist | Malachy Robinson - bass | Eamon Sweeney - guitar

Tour Dates

Fri 29 Mar, 8pm Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

Composer Brian Irvine is joined by multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, Malachy Robinson on bass and Eamon Sweeney on guitar

An exciting, unpredictable musical adventure for children of all ages with a musical wizard, Brian Irvine, as your guide...


On Friday 29th March the unique, multi-award winning, musical dynamo that is composer and musician Brian Irvine will be joined by Malachy Robinson (bass), Francesco Turrisi (multi-instrumentalist) and Eamon Sweeney (guitar) for a concert of newly-composed works, improvisations and on-the-spot creations produced in association with Music Generation Wicklow.

Belfast born composer/conductor Brian Irvine’s work includes operas, orchestral works, large-scale participatory work, films, multi-media installations, dance works as well as ensemble, solo, and chamber pieces. His sound world is a personal concoction of contemporary classical, cartoon, punk, jazz, thrash and trash and combines the lost, the fixed, the free, the learned, the naïve, the precious and the junk. He has won two BSACA British Composers Awards as well as the Radio 3 Jazz Award for best new work.  “Some of the most exhilarating and imaginative music you'll ever hope to hear…”   [Washington Post]. Multi-instrumentalist and “musical alchemist” [Irish Times] Francesco Turrisi has collaborated with a diverse range of musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, L’Arpeggiata and The King Singers. Joining them with “unassuming virtuosity” [Irish Times] is Malachy Robinson, Principal Double Bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Eamon Sweeney, Music Network Artist-in-Residence at the Mermaid 2018/19.


“Concerts at Mermaid” is a series of six concerts curated by Musician in Residence Eamon Sweeney as part of the Music Network Artist Residency in partnership with the Mermaid Arts Centre and Wicklow County Council. Initiated by Music Network in 2015, the first Music Network Artist Residency programme was developed in partnership with Triskel Christchurch and supported by Cork City Council and was curated by pianist Phil Ware.  In 2017 the programme was developed in collaboration with Wexford County Council Arts Office and the National Opera House, Wexford and was curated by guitarist Redmond O’Toole. 

Fri 29 Mar Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 8pm , €14 / €12 / €45 (family - 2 adults, 2 children) 01-2724030