Music Network Artist Residency 2018
26 July 2018
“You seem entirely at home in your art” – Seamus Heaney on Eamon Sweeney
Music Network, with Wicklow County Council and Mermaid Arts Centre, are pleased to announce Eamon Sweeney as Music Network’s Artist in Residence 2018.
Eamon will programme a series of six concerts in Mermaid Arts Centre, running from December 2018 to May 2019. In conjunction with the concert series a Learning and Participation programme will be developed that will engage with a range of community groups. More at mermaidartscentre.ie.
The first two concerts of the series highlight some of Ireland’s finest musicians. On December 13th ‘Tradition in the Royal Court’ features Paula Murrihy (Mezzo Soprano), Eamonn Bonner (Tenor), Cormac Breatnach (Susato Whistles), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (Violin) and Eamon Sweeney (Lute and Early Guitars). 'The First 100 Years' with the Irish Chamber Orchestra takes place on January 17th and features special guests Mary Coughlan, Theo Dorgan, Sonamus – Cormac Breatnach (Susato Whistles), Annette Cleary (Cello), Rachel Factor (Harpsichord) and Eamon Sweeney (Guitars). The concert series continues in February 2019, details of further performances will be announced at a later date.
Commenting on the residency, Eamon Sweeney says,
“I am excited and grateful to have this fantastic opportunity to bring together many of my favourite artists in one great venue and present a varied programme of outreach and concerts which reflects my passions – Early Music, Irish Music, Poetry, Song, Music for Children and Babies”.
Eamon began his musical studies on the violin, picked up a guitar while in his teens and subsequently studied classical guitar at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Whilst there he was exposed to the Baroque guitar, inspiring his doctoral research into the 17th century instrument and its variants.
Eamon teaches and performs extensively in a variety of genres and styles, giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in Ireland and abroad. He is a member of a number of ensembles which focus on the performance of early and traditional music: Tonos, The Gregory Walkers and Sonamus. He is also co- director of the Wicklow-based music in the community initiative, Alchemy Music.
He is committed to the provision of Community Music, Music in Healthcare Settings and Early Years Music. He works with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, City of Dublin ETB, Kildare-Wicklow ETB, Music Generation and various national cultural institutions. Eamon has received many awards and supports for his work and gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Offices of Wicklow, Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Councils, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Arts Council and Music Network.
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December 13th 2018, 8pm
Tradition in the Royal Court
Renaissance Europe and Irish Music
Irish music and musicians were prized in Renaissance Europe, and this special concert explores the marriage of Irish and European music from the 16th and 17th centuries. It features celebrated musicians from the traditional, classical and early music worlds - Paula Murrihy (Mezzo Soprano), Eamonn Bonner (Tenor), Cormac Breatnach (Susato Whistles), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (Violin) and Eamon Sweeney (Lute, Early Guitars) - performing music by 17th century composers John Dowland, Ruairí Dall Ó Catháin, and from the traditional canon.
This concert is curated by Eamon Sweeney, Music Network Artist in Residence 2018. Tickets cost €16/14 and are available from Mermaid Arts Centre either online at www.mermaidartscentre.ie or by calling Box Office on 01-2724030.
January 17th 2019, 8pm
‘The First 100 Years’
In 1919 the first Dáil convened in Dublin and the first Democratic Programme for Government was devised. There have been changes in Irish society over the last century that would have been inconceivable to those first TDs. This very special concert will reflect on 100 years of the Irish Republic through poetry, music, and song - including a newly composed work by Fiachra Trench and featuring some of Ireland’s finest artists.
Irish Chamber Orchestra with guest artists: Mary Coughlan, Theo Dorgan, Sonamus [Cormac Breatnach (Susato Whistles), Annette Cleary (Cello), Rachel Factor (Harpsichord) and Eamon Sweeney (Guitars)].
This concert is curated by Eamon Sweeney, Music Network Artist in Residence 2018. Tickets cost €18/16 and are available from Mermaid Arts Centre either online at www.mermaidartscentre.ie or by calling Box Office on 01-2724030.
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