Music Network Artist Residency 2018

26 July 2018


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

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: TonosThe 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. To view concerts, visit