Music inspired by Irish language and text from across age and genre: poetic writing from the seventh and twentieth century, sean nós song, and new fiction writing.
Performed by Ireland’s finest exponent’s of new music: Crash Ensemble, with very special guests Iarla Ó Lionáird and Adrian Crowley.
Adrian Crowley’s dark new fiction writing as spoken word, with a soundscape devised by Crash Ensemble.
Iarla Ó’Lionáird, sean-nós singer and composer Linda Buckley’s Ó Íochtar Mara (From the Ocean’s Floor - commissioned by the Vanbrugh Quartet from an Arts Council Project Award 2014), presenting poetic texts from the seventh to mid-twentieth century.
Donnacha Dennehy’s string quartet Céad Slán (One Hundred Goodbyes), based on1926 recordings of traditional songs and Gaelic speech.
Performed by Adrian Crowley, Iarla Ó’Lionáird, Linda Buckley and Crash Ensemble.
Iarla Ó Lionáird is an Irish singer and record producer. He sings in the traditional sean-nós style. He was a member of the Afro Celt Sound System and is a member of the Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming.
Adrian Crowley is a singer-songwriter from Galway, he has released six albums, winning the Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year for Season of the Sparks (2009) and nominations for Long Distance Swimmer (2007) and I See Tree Birds Flying (2012). In a Rolling Stone interview, Ryan Adams cited Crowley as “the best songwriter that no one's heard of".
Linda Buckley, Composer
Linda Buckley is a composer from Cork, whose music has been described as “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe), a “fascinating interaction between live sound and electronics” (Irish Times), with “an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers working in the medium” (Journal of Music).