Performing alongside piano player Colm McGonigle, Iarlaith will play a collection of rare tunes he discovered during research undertaken as part of his Residency. Associated with lesser-known players of the North Connacht flute tradition, County Fermanagh and County Leitrim, many of the tunes were taken from historical recordings and manuscripts obtained by Iarlaith, and in some cases have never been heard before in modern times.
These concerts were programmed as part of the dlr Choice Live Performance Series curated by Schweppe Curtis Nunn for dlr Arts Office, and funded by the Local Live Performance Scheme operated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
From Churchtown in Dublin, Iarlaith began learning the flute under various teachers at workshops and festivals around the country. Iarlaith’s music is strongly influenced by flute players such as John McKenna, Tom Morrison, Packie Duignan, Patsy Hanly, Séamus Tansey and Roger Sherlock to name a few. He has performed regularly at festivals including The Cruinniú na Bhfliúit Showcase in 2019 and has taught at a range of festivals including The Festival Interceltique de Lorient. Iarlaith is a member of the band Nuadán, who released their album “Dén Díobháil” to great acclaim in 2020.
Originally from Belfast, Colm McGonigle was first taught to play traditional Irish music on the concertina by his father. He learned to play piano as a child and later the Irish harp.
While studying and working in Cambridge, U.K. he was a regular performer at the Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as The Auld Triangle in Finsbury Park, the Club at The Ivy in the West End and the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Colm was resident harp tutor for The London Irish Music School and Feith an Cheoil School of Music and has taught concertina and harp workshops at The Return To Camden Town Festival, The Trip to Birmingham Trad Festival, Anne & Pat Molloy Summer School, Celtic Connections, Festival Interceltique de Lorient to name but a few.
The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musicians in Residence Scheme provides opportunities for performers and composers to develop and showcase new work and cultivate new artistic collaborations. The Residencies also serve to enrich the cultural environment of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and beyond. The scheme is jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council and managed by Music Network.
The dlr Musicians in Residence Scheme was established in 2015. Previous Musicians-in-Residence have included composer and guitarist Dave Flynn, the Tommy Halferty Trio, chamber group Ikigai, percussionist and composer Éamonn Cagney, improvising pianist and composer Izumi Kimura, composer, sound designer and multi-instrumentalist Lara Gallagher, vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown, pianist and composer Conor Linehan, sound artist and composer Craig Cox, musician and composer Sebastian Adams, The Eidola Trio, soprano Elizabeth Hilliard with composer Gráinne Mulvey, jazz drummer Matthew Jacobson and Metier, a jazz quintet led by Ronan Guilfoyle.