Byrne is the hot ticket in Drimoleague Festival
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: drimoleaguesingingfestival.ie
Celine Byrne will take part in the Drimoleague Festival.