Musicians-in-Residence at dlr LexIcon

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office Musicians-in-Residence Scheme 2018 is jointly funded by the Arts Council, and managed by Music Network. Three residencies were offered in 2018: residencies for established musicians were awarded to Susan McKeown and Conor Linehan, and a residency for an emerging musician was awarded to Craig Cox. The residencies culminated in a series of free concerts at the dlr LexIcon from July to September. Watch the online video diaries below to gain an insight into the creative process of each artist.

Susan McKeown

Grammy award‐winning and BBC Folk Music Award nominated vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown performed a series of songs about her experience as a woman living in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown today, taking inspiration from her own life and everyday encounters with people in the town as well as the Pier, the Forty Foot, Killiney Hill and beyond. Susan was joined by collaborators Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass) for two concerts - Sunday 29th July and Thursday 6th September.


To view all of Susan’s blog updates, visit


Conor Linehan

Pianist and composer Conor Linehan performed concert on Sunday 16th September which included a showing of work in progress 'Madame Violante's Commodious Booth' and other songs and music by Conor, performed with Susannah de Wrixon and Mark O'Regan (vocals) and Ailbhe McDonagh (cello).

On Sunday 30th September Conor presented a piece based on Ravel's cycle 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' featuring Oonagh Keogh on violin with movement by Emma O'Kane. The concert includes a new composition by Conor Linehan for piano and violin based on and incorporating interviews with friends and family around growing up in Blackrock in the 70s and 80s, as well as Ravel's Tzigane, and 3 pieces for violin and piano by Oonagh Keogh.


To view all of Conor's blog updates, visit


Craig Cox

Sound artist and composer Craig Cox performed a new work inspired by and incorporating the incidental rhythms and percussive sounds made by the inhabitants of the area. Performing on violin and electronics, he was joined by his frequent collaborator Aoife Hammond, an experimental guitarist and Sebastian Jezzi, jazz drummer. Composers Nikki Sheth and Aurelie Ferriere also presented intriguing spatial compositions as part of the concert programme on Thursday 13th September.


To view all of Craig's blog updates, visit