Lo­cal com­poser hits the right note with launch

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

WITH the mu­ral of the Tay­lor Broth­ers re­spon­si­ble for the mod­ern uil­lean pipes hang­ing at the en­trance, how ap­pro­pri­ate that the Au­gus­tinian Chruch was cho­sen for the launch of Michael Holo­han’s new CD ‘ The Road to Lough Swilly’.

Last Thurs­day night, the renowned uil­leann piper Mick O’ Brien and the won­der­ful Boyne Cham­ber Orches­tra per­formed a num­ber of move­ments from the new com­po­si­tion to a very ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence. They also played three of his Memo­ri­als ‘Sweet Doo­ley Gate’, ‘March­ing to Drogheda’ and ‘ The Re­turn from Fin­gal’. The other half of the dou­ble CD is ‘Run­ning Beast’ , a live record­ing from The Na­tional Con­cert Hall of the play­wright Donal O’ Kelly’s and Michael’s col­lab­o­ra­tion about the life of the great Hugh O’ Neill.

Dr Fin­tan Val­lely, the au­thor of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed Com­pan­ion to Ir­ish Tra­di­tional Mu­sic, launched the dou­ble al­bum. Dr Val­lely, who has al­ready writ­ten about the com­poser’s mu­sic in the Com­pan­ion hailed the CD as ‘a mas­terly and seam­less com­bi­na­tion of Ir­ish tra­di­tional and Euro­pean clas­si­cal forms’. The Mayor of Drogheda, Cllr. Frank God­frey made a very com­pli­men­tary speech about the com­poser’s mu­sic and com­mended Michael ‘for his con­tri­bu­tion to pro­mot­ing mu­sic and the arts both in Drogheda and na­tion­ally

Michael made pre­sen­ta­tions to Dr Val­lely, Mick O’ Brien and He­len Leahy of the Boyne Cham­ber Orches­tra. He thanked the Mayor for at­tend­ing and Fr. Colm O’ Ma­hony, Prior of The Au­gus­tinian Com­mu­nity for giv­ing him the use such a beau­ti­ful church for the launch. The CDs, The Road to Lough Swilly (€15) and Fields of Blue and White are avail­able in The High­lanes Gallery, The De­sign Gallery and The Au­gus­tinian Shop.

Michael Holo­han with Mick O’Brien at the Launch of Michael’s CD

CD Launch of The Road to Lough Swilly by Michael Holo­han at Au­gus­tinian Church

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