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Musicians in Residence 2018


We've just announced the appointment of the dlr Arts Office 2018 Musicians-in-Residence, jointly funded by the Arts Council, and managed by Music Network. There are three residencies in 2018: two for established musicians/groups and one for an emerging musician/group. Each residency will include rehearsal time in dlr LexIcon Studio, performance opportunities and a fee. 

The 2 established residencies were awarded to Susan McKeown and Conor Linehan, and the emerging residency was awarded to Craig Cox.

The aim of the Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is to provide opportunities to develop and showcase new work which may be compositional and/or performance focused, i.e. to create a new work/body of material and/or to develop a new artistic collaboration. 

The residencies will be part-time in format, taking place from June – September 2018 and will culminate in a series of free concerts at the dlr LexIcon Studio and Library from July to September as follows:

Residency concert series - The Studio, dlr LexIcon

All concert are free; booking essentail - follow the link to book

Vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown will perform a series of songs about her experience as a woman living in Dun 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 will be joined by collaborators Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass) for two concerts.

Sunday 29th July, 2pm  - Book tickets

Susan McKeown (voice), Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass)

Thursday 6th September, 7pm - Book tickets
Susan McKeown (voice), Ger Kiely (guitar) and Trevor Hutchinson (double bass)


Pianist and composer Conor Linehan will perform a concert on Sunday 16th September which will include a showing of work in progress 'Madame Violante's Commodious Booth' and a piece for piano and dancer based on Ravel's cycle 'Le Tombeau de Couperin' featuring Emma O'Kane. On Sunday 30th September Conor will present a concert for violin and piano with Oonagh Keogh which will include a new piece based on and incorporating interviews with friends and family around growing up in Blackrock in the 70s and 80s. 

Sunday 16th September, 2pmBook tickets
Conor Linehan, piano, Emma O'Kane, dancer

Sunday 30th September, 2pmBook tickets

Conor Linehan, piano and Oonagh Keogh, violin - New music by Conor Linehan


Sound artist and composer Craig Cox will perform 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 will be joined by his frequent collaborator Aoife Hammond, an experimental guitarist and Sebastian Jezzi who is a jazz drummer. Composers Nikki Sheth and Aurelie Ferriere will also present intriguing spatial compositions as part of the concert programme on Thursday 13th September.

Thursday 13th September, 7pm - Book tickets
Craig Cox violin & electronics, Aoife Hammond, guitar, Sebastian Jezzi, drums, Nikki Sheth, sound artist, Aurelie Ferriere, sound artist

About the musicians

Conor Linehan

Conor Linehan is a pianist and composer based in Dublin. As a pianist he has performed with the National Symphomy Orchestra of Ireland,The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Dublin Philharmonic and The Crash Ensemble amongst others. He has written scores for theatre companies Druid Shakespeare for Druid theatre (Lincoln Center Festival),The Abbey,The Royal Shakespeare Company, The British National Theatre, The Gate Theatre, the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Liverpool Playhouse, Hampstead Theatre, Coisceim Dance Theatre, The Corn Exchange and Siren Productions. Conor is on the piano faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Perfomance in association with Trinity College Dublin.

Susan McKeown

Grammy Award-winner and BBC Folk Music Award nominee Susan McKeown is a singer-songwriter and producer from Dublin. In a distinguished career, she has performed with Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie and The Klezmatics and at venues such as Glastonbury, Carnegie Hall and The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her most recent album Belong reached number 11 on the American Folk Music Chart and her song ‘Everything We Had Was Good’ reached number 1. In February she received the Anam Irish diaspora cultural award from IrishCentral for discovering and revealing the soul of Irish music.

Craig Cox

Craig Cox is a sound artist and composer. He has been resident sound designer with acclaimed aerial company Loosysmokes since their formation, and is an active part of Dublin's experimental music community. His work is based in improvisation, collaboration and site responsiveness. He is currently on a collaborative residency with dance artist Deirdre Griffin at Dance Limerick to produce a new work, and will be premiering a new work with Loosysmokes at this year's Kilkenny Arts Festival. 

Throughout the residencies the wider community will have an opportunity to gain an intriguing insight into the creative process through a regular online video diary created by each musician – a series of recordings where they talk about their progress throughout the residencies.

Previous Musicians in Residence have included Mongoose and Nick Roth in 2017; emerging musician and composer Sebastian Adams, The Eidola Trio which is made up of Malachy Robinson (viola de gamba), Eamonn Sweeney (baroque guitar, lute) and Anita Vedres (baroque violin), Elizabeth Hilliard and Grainne Mulvey (Opera), Matthew Jacobson (Jazz Drummer) and Metier (Jazz Quintet headed up by Ronan Guilfoyle).