Byrne is the hot ticket in Dri­moleague Fes­ti­val

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

Renowned Ir­ish so­prano Ce­line Byrne trav­els to a small ru­ral west Cork vil­lage later this month to per­form in its in­au­gu­ral singing fes­ti­val.

The event — which runs from Septem­ber 21-24 in venues that range from the lo­cal church, to pubs and rail­way build­ings — boasts a glit­ter­ing line-up of other ac­claimed names, from Liam O’Maon­lai and John Spil­lane, to Lisa O’Neill, Jimmy Crow­ley, Nell Ní Chronín, Seán Ó Sé, and Cór Chúil Aodha.

Ms Byrne, who will per­form in the clos­ing con­cert of the fes­ti­val, at 8pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 24, in All Saints Church, Dri­moleague, will be ac­com­pa­nied by Dearbhla Bros­nan, pi­ano, Lynda O’Con­nor, vi­o­lin and Ailbhe McDonough, cello.

As well as for­mal con­certs, the fes­ti­val, the brain­child of Dri­moleague na­tive and filmmaker Pat Collins, will in­clude singing and song­writ­ing work­shops as well as in­for­mal singing ses­sions through­out the week­end.

“There has al­ways been a good tra­di­tion of singing, go­ing back gen­er­a­tions in Dri­moleague,” said Pat, who had the idea of a singing fes­ti­val in his na­tive vil­lage af­ter mak­ing a film about the late sean nós singer Joe Heaney.

“While work­ing on the film I got the idea of cre­at­ing a fes­ti­val of singing in Dri­moleague — there was al­ways a good singing tra­di­tion in the vil­lage,” he said, adding that the fes­ti­val is some­thing the or­gan­is­ers ex­pect to be­come an an­nual event.

To­gether with his sis­ter, Noreen Collins and friend Paul O’Brien, he came up with a way to re­vive a tra­di­tion of singing in Dri­moleague and en­sure the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of lo­cals in the fes­ti­val, which is a key aim.

The event, which of­fers a singing trail, pop-up choirs and a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of Dri­moleague called Dri­moleague Imag­ined, has gained the sup­port of Cork County Coun­cil, the Arts Coun­cil, and a plethora of lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als.

Fes­ti­val chair­per­son Paul O’Brien said they were “ab­so­lutely thrilled to have se­cured an artist of the cal­i­bre of Ce­line Byrne for the fi­nal con­cert of our first fes­ti­val”.

“As a cel­e­bra­tion of the hu­man voice in the heart of west Cork, there will be no finer way to bring down the curtain on our fes­ti­val than with the magic of Ce­line’s voice. We can­not wait.”

Tick­ets for Ce­line Byrne are priced at €25 each and for more in­for­ma­tion and on­line book­ing for all events visit: dri­moleaguesing­ingfes­ti­

Ce­line Byrne will take part in the Dri­moleague Fes­ti­val.

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