Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLR) Arts Office, in association with Music Network and funded by the Local Live Performance Scheme, is delighted to present an eclectic day of music showcasing several past DLR Musicians in Residence. These Residencies are offered annually and provide opportunities for performers and composers to develop and perform new work and cultivate new artistic collaborations. Featuring 7 back-to-back concerts within the beautiful dlr LexIcon library building, it will be a music day to suit all tastes – from 12pm until 7pm, what better way to fill a Saturday in May! The concerts are free, and all are welcome.
May Music Day will include 4 performances in the Studio in dlr LexIcon each of 50 minutes and free with booking on Eventbrite.
12pm: The Tommy Halferty Trio featuring Scott Flanigan
Tudo é Som is a new programme of music by Kevin Brady and the Tommy Halferty Trio. Tudo é Som means Everything is Sound and celebrates the cultural diversity of Ireland today. The group features Tommy Halferty (guitar) Kevin Brady (drums) Dave Redmond (electric & double bass) and special guest Scott Flanigan (Fender Rhodes).
2pm: Dave Flynn Presents Dún Laoghaire Guitars
Three outstanding guitarists join award-winning Dún Laoghaire-born composer and guitarist Dave Flynn for the live premiere of Flynn's uplifting Dún Laoghaire Guitars alongside two African-influenced guitar quartets Kora and Chimurenga. Between the quartets Feeley, Snowden and Tsumbu will perform dazzling solo guitar masterpieces from across the ages.
4pm: Conor Linehan & Oonagh Keogh
Conor Linehan was a dlr Musician in Residence in 2018 and this concert features three gorgeous pieces for violin and piano performed by Conor and Oonagh Keogh. Written during his dlr Residency the music reflects his memories of growing up in Blackrock in the 70s and 80s. Conor will also include a piece form Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin in tribute to his late, lamented friend and colleague Emma O'Kane who performed her own choreography for Le Tombeau as part of the residency.
6pm: Susan McKeown
Grammy-winner and BBC Folk Music Award nominee Susan McKeown presents a programme of her own work including new songs about some extraordinary people who lived in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Researched and written when she was a dlr Musician-in-Residence in 2018, Susan will bring these musical gems to the stage performing with wonderful musicians including Ger Kiely on guitar, Trevor Hutchinson on bass and Dave Hingerty on guitar. Dave is an internationally known drummer, percussionist and instructor who has performed on some of the world's greatest stages with artists such as Kíla, Paul Brady, Bronagh Gallagher, The Frames, Swell Season, Josh Ritter, Mary Coughlan. He has extensive recording experience with producers such as Steve Albini, Trevor Horn and Brian Deck.
The day will also feature a number of 30-minute performances in the beautiful setting of the Municipal Gallery surrounded by the photographs of artist Gerry Blake. No booking is required for the Gallery shows and they are free for everyone!
1pm: Iarlaith Mac Gabhann & Ciara Ní Bhriain (Flute and Fiddle)
Introducing a brand-new collaboration featuring two wonderful young Irish musicians, this beautiful concert of traditional Irish music showcases the very best of melodies from the archives and beautiful new contemporary compositions
3pm: Eamonn Sweeney, Aoife Doyle, Cárthach MacCraith (Vocals, Renaissance Lute, Chitarra Battente and Bandora)
Lullabies are present across all recorded cultures, styles, and periods–they are a powerful emblem of identity and tradition. Beautiful, accessible, poignant, relatable–they are the most universal of musical forms. They connect us. This concert will explore gorgeous lullabies & music associated with sleep and the night from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Irish traditions.
5pm: Far Flung Trio
The Far Flung Trio featuring Katherine Hunka (violin), Dermot Dunne (accordion) and Malachy Robinson (double-bass) will bring you a fun and family-friendly selection of their favourite tunes. From Klezmer to Gershwin, the Barber of Seville to Piazzolla's Libertango. Crazy and Beautiful!