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2018 Traditional Music Commissions

The Arts Office awarded two commissions for traditional music in 2018.

World Premiere of 78 Revolution by Niall Vallely


Work in progress of new multi-media piece 78 Revolutions 

78 Revolution is an hour-long piece that explores the interaction between live musicians and pre-recorded material; contemporary music and traditional music; modern technology and century-old technology. Composer Niall Vallely was joined by a stellar cast of musicians including Zoe Conway (fiddle), Mick O’Brien (pipes), Mick McAuley (accordion), Kate Ellis (cello) and Caoimhín Vallely (piano) for the premiere performance in the Studio, dlr LexIcon on 9 November.


Dinnseanchas: new work by Lorcán Mac Mathúna

Dinnseanchas is the stories and music, of place-names, and long held traditions. This special performance of traditional music and storytelling which took place on 20 October in the Studio, dlr LexIcon investigates the landscape of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown; from the mountains to the sea, from the present and the past.

The performance showcased new work written and produced by Lorcán Mac Mathúna, with traditional stories selected by Seosam O Maolalaí. Performed by Eamonn Galldubh and the musicians of CCÉ na Píobairí Uilleann under the direction of Clare Walsh; with spoken word by Seosamh O Maolalaí.

Video: Lorcan Mac Mathúna - Dinnseanchas Finale at dlr LexIcon