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A SE­RIES of six con­certs cu­rated by Mu­sic Net­work mu­si­cian in res­i­dence Ea­mon Sweeney will take place at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre in Bray from Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13, to Satur­day, May 25, 2019.

‘Con­certs at Mer­maid’ is be­ing ar­ranged in con­junc­tion with Mu­sic Net­work, Wick­low County Coun­cil and Mer­maid.

The se­ries high­lights some of Ire­land’s finest mu­si­cians while in­tro­duc­ing in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians of renown. Mu­si­cian in res­i­dence Ea­mon Sweeney has put to­gether a rich and var­ied pro­gramme of out­reach and con­certs re­flect­ing his pas­sions – early mu­sic, ir­ish mu­sic, clas­si­cal mu­sic, po­etry, song, mu­sic for chil­dren and ba­bies.

On De­cem­ber 13 ‘Tra­di­tion in the Royal Court’ fea­tures Paula Mur­rihy (Mezzo So­prano), Colm Mac Con Io­maire (Vi­o­lin), Cor­mac Breatnach (Susato Whis­tles), Ea­monn Bon­ner (Tenor) and Ea­mon Sweeney (Lute and Early Gui­tars) per­form­ing mu­sic by Dow­land, O Catháin, and from the tra­di­tional canon. Ir­ish mu­sic and mu­si­cians were prized in Re­nais­sance Europe, and this spe­cial con­cert explores Ir­ish mu­sic in Re­nais­sance Europe.

‘The First 100 Years’ with the Ir­ish Cham­ber Orches­tra takes place on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17, and fea­tures spe­cial guests Mary Cough­lan, Theo Dor­gan, Son­a­mus – Cor­mac Breatnach (Susato Whis­tles), An­nette Cleary (Cello), Rachel Fac­tor (Harp­si­chord) and Ea­mon Sweeney (Gui­tars). In 1919 the first Dáil con­vened in Dublin and the first Demo­cratic Pro­gramme for Gov­ern­ment was de­vised. There have been changes in Ir­ish so­ci­ety over the last cen­tury that would have been in­con­ceiv­able to those first TDs. This very spe­cial con­cert will re­flect on 100 years of the Ir­ish Repub­lic through po­etry, mu­sic, and song - in­clud­ing a newly com­posed work by Fi­achra Trench and fea­tur­ing some of Ire­land’s finest artists.

On Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 8, harpist Tri­ona Mar­shall comes to­gether with gui­tarist Tim Edey, and the Rithim Orches­tra from Mu­sic Gen­er­a­tion Wick­low in a once-off meet­ing of es­tab­lished and up-and-com­ing vir­tu­osos. Hear some stun­ning gui­tar and harp play­ing from two lead­ing lights of the tra­di­tional mu­sic world; mu­sic from mu­si­cal stars of the fu­ture; and an ex­cit­ing com­ing to­gether of all the mu­si­cians.

On Fri­day, March 29, com­poser and mu­si­cian Brian Irvine will be joined by Malachy Robin­son (bass), Francesco Tur­risi (multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist) and Ea­mon Sweeney (gui­tar) for a con­cert of newly-com­posed works, im­pro­vi­sa­tions and on-the-spot cre­ations pro­duced in as­so­ci­a­tion with Mu­sic Gen­er­a­tion Wick­low.

On Fri­day, April 26, baroque gui­tarist Xavier Diaz-La­torr brings his in­cred­i­ble vir­tu­os­ity to Ire­land for the first time. The 17 th cen­tury was a golden age for the gui­tar and some of the pe­riod’s greatest mu­si­cians played and com­posed for it.

For the fi­nal con­cert in the se­ries on Satur­day, Mary 25, renowned Por­tuguese com­pany ‘Con­cer­tos para Bébes’ per­form with Ea­mon Sweeney, a con­cert of mu­sic for ba­bies and fam­i­lies that will in­clude their own ar­range­ments of Ir­ish and Baroque mu­sic in­clud­ing – Dia di bheatha (Aodh ac Aingil); Ca­narios (Gas­par Sanz) and Mon­teverdi. Con­cer­tos para Be­bés spe­cialise in con­certs where ba­bies are in­vited to lis­ten to clas­si­cal mu­sic, tra­di­tional songs, from pop-rock, and vo­cal-in­stru­men­tal im­pro­vi­sa­tions with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of ev­ery­body in the au­di­ence. From Mon­teverdi to Mozart, from the small Por­tuguese gui­tar to the didgeri­doo, as­ton­ish­ment is ex­changed and sighs are heard.

For tick­ets to all per­for­mances, go to mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie.

Ea­mon Sweeney

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