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Seamus Heaney commemoration at Los Garos Irish Writers’ Festival

Playing at a celebration of Séamus Heaney – ‘The Berkeley Years’

Programme extract:

“We kick off this year’s Irish Writers’ Festival with a tribute to Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel laureate in literature, who is often referred to as the greatest Irish poet since Yeats.

Heaney, who passed away in 2013, spent a considerable amount of time at UC Berkeley in the early 1970s, arriving from the Northern Irish conflict only to be faced with a troubled UC campus stirred by anti-war protest.

Joining us from Ireland this festival weekend is Seamus Heaney’s son, journalist and broadcaster Michael Heaney, who chats today with close family friend and UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus, Robert Tracy.

Featured poet and Fulbright Scholar, Tess Taylor, recently returned from the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast, joins visiting poets and writers with tributes and readings, offering insights into Heaney’s work and influences during this pivotal time of his career in the Bay Area.

Music by virtuoso violinist Colm O’Riain, and Irish traditional flute player, researcher and writer, Fintan Vallely.

Moderated by Conor Howard, Anna Livia Books

Start: 5 October, 2017
End: 5 October, 2017
Venue: Montalvo Arts Center
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Saratoga, United States

Playing at The Plough and the Stars, San Francisco

Fintan will be joined by Richard Mandel on guitar

Start: 29 September, 2017
End: 4 October, 2017
Venue: The Plough and the Stars
Phone: (415) 751-1122
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116 Clement St., 9411, San Francisco, CA, United States, 9411

Compánach music concert at Munich Folk Club

A ‘melodic documentary’, this is performed by Dundalk fiddle-player Gerry O’Connor, Monaghan uilleann piper Tiarnán Ó Duinnchín, and Armagh-Dublin flute-player and music authority Fintan Vallely. The production is shaped by Vallely’s encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music, the text of which is, literally, “turned back into music”. The music is seamless, but rapidly-changing – some 90 tunes running without commentary in the full show of 25 sets; the mood is bright, and the tempos and rhythms are brought to vivid life by expert playing. The story is subliminal, directed by tunes named after places in each county on the island of Ireland and in exile regions abroad. The concert’s cue has been the way some 20% of Irish tunes were named in the late 1800s and early 1900s, making the music a map of where the music was played or of where the players came. Compánach presents a rich sense of stylistic variety and melodic pulse: a varied repertoire in music on flute, fiddles, pipes interspersed with song Compánach appeals equally to aficionados of the music and those interested in Irish culture.

Start: 18 September, 2017 8:00 pm
End: 18 September, 2017 11:00 pm
Venue: Munich Folk Club
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Compánach music concert at Stuttgart, Germany

Concert of Compánach music with mezzo-soprano Aylish Kerrigan, hosted by Deutsch-Irische Freundeskreis (the German-Irish Friendship club of Baden-Wuerttemberg), the Stuttgarter Europa Club and the Kulturamt, Stuttgart.

Start: 17 September, 2017
End: 17 September, 2017
Venue: Studio Olgastrasse
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93B Olgastrasse, Stuttgart, Germany, 70180 Stuttgart

Concert ‘Compánach – music in its place’ at Leonberg-Höfingen, Germany

Concert ‘Irish Music in its place’ with Gerry O’Connor and Tiarnán Duinnchinn for Höfinger Heimat- und Kulturverein (Höfingen Local History and Cultural Organisation), in the Altes Rathaus, Höfingen

Start: 16 September, 2017
End: 16 September, 2017
Venue: Altes Rathaus
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Höfingen, Germany

Teaching flute, playing and speaking at Boxwood festival, Nova Scotia, Canada

Flute workshops, performance and talks in an assembly of musicians from several countries. July 22-29 2017. Further details.

2017 Performers and Guest Artists:

Start: 21 July, 2017
End: 29 July, 2017
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Teaching Flute at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

Start: 3 July, 2017
End: 8 July, 2017
Venue: Willie Clancy Summer School
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Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland

Concert for Carleton College, Minneapolis

Concert with Gerry O’Connor (fiddle), Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin (uilleann pipes), Máire Ní Chloilm (song in Irish), and Mary Beth Taylor (sean-nós step dance) for Carleton College summer school programme in Ireland.

Start: 27 June, 2017
End: 27 June, 2017
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Dublin, Ireland

Concert for Carlow College, Pittsburgh Universtiy

Concert with Gerry O’Connor (fiddle), Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin (uilleann pipes), Helen Diamond (song), and Síbeal Davitt (sean-nós step dance) for Carlow College, Pittsburgh Universityh Irish Studies summer school programme in Ireland.

Start: 12 June, 2017
End: 12 June, 2017
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Dublin, Ireland

Spanish Association for Irish Studies, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain

Keynote paper to AEDEI 2017 Conference at Universidad de La Rioja

“The note is as mighty as words … ”

Traditional music as played today. Its revival and status are the product of a highly-motivated, politically-driven, extra-State activism which has been confident of the music’s intrinsic artistic merit, aesthetic importance and symbolic value. The music’s re-establishment is not only an achievement to be maintained, but is also an invitation to development. It is at an artistically-thrilling watershed with three directions being explored by performers: refinement (maintaining styles and standards), expansion (development in the Contemporary Classical idiom), and fusion/crossover (engaging with Popular/Rock). Like the written word, the ‘Traditional’ music idiom is simultaneously a barometer, gauge and agent of identity-related artistic expression.

Download draft AEDEI programme



Start: 27 May, 2017
End: 27 May, 2017
Venue: Universidad de La Rioja
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C/San José de Calasanz, 33, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain, 26005 Logroño

Compánach at L’Arbre de la Liberté, Castlebar

Compánach is being performed as a special event at L’Arbre de la Liberté – Liberty Tree Conference, Castlebar, on April 29th, 2017. Performers Gerry O’Connor, Fintan Vallely, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchin and Róisín Chambers.

Start: 29 April, 2017
End: 29 April, 2017
Venue: Breaffy House Hotel
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Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland

Compánach at Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork

Start: 10 March, 2017
End: 10 March, 2017
Venue: Ionad Cutúrtha Bhaile Bhúirne
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Ballyvourney, Ireland
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