Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh Announced as 2016 Kevin Barry Recital Room Resident Artist
Fiddle-player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has been announced as the inaugural Kevin Barry Recital Room Resident Artist at the National Concert Hall.
The Ó Raghallaigh residency, which includes a series of four concerts, is part of a new programme of events and initiatives to mark the restoration of the historic Kevin Barry rooms for the centenary of 1916. Simon Taylor, CEO of the NCH, remarks:
These rooms are of significant historical importance; between 14 December 1921 and 10 January 1922 they were the setting for the treaty ratification debates of the second Dáil Éireann, following the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty in London on December 6th. It is fitting that the rooms should be restored and re-purposed in this, the Ireland 2016 centenary year. The room will provide a platform for artists to perform more intimate concerts of all genres, allowing us to reach out to new audiences and expand our programme offering.
Ó Raghallaigh will perform four concerts in the Kevin Barry Recital Room. On 28 April, he will be joined by Garth Knox (viola d’amore and medieval fiddle), Cormac Begley (concertina) on 19 May, Dan Trueman (hardanger fiddle) on 26 May and Per Oddvar Johansen (drums and percussion) on 15 June.
The rooms have received acoustic treatment and sound proofing, new lighting and sound systems. View a 3D walkthrough of the venue below:
Among the other highlights in the upcoming series are: a performance of the complete Beethoven string quartets by the Vanbrugh Quartet in a series of six Sunday-afternoon concerts; Conor Biggs and Michel Stas performing Schubertreise – an exploration of Schubert songs; three concerts titled Bach and his Contemporaries that focus on Baroque music and which feature Malcolm Proud (harpsichord), 23 June; Redmond O’Toole (guitar), 16 June; and Claire Duff (violin) and Sarah McMahon (cello), 30 June; and jazz trio Gary Peacock (double bass), Marc Copland (piano) and Joey Baron (drums) perform new and classic Peacock compositions on 12 and 13 May.
For full details, see brochure below, or visit www.nch.ie