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Breandán Breathnach Memorial Lecture

Fintan Vallely will give this year’s Breandán Breathnach Memorial lecture at 7.30pm on Saturday, July 7th on the opening night of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare. Venue: The Community Hall.

The Sight of Sound: Traditional music in Irish Art
A century and a half ago, the Young Irelander Thomas Davis urged that the plain people of Ireland and their cultural practices deserved to be represented in painting and sculpture; he regarded Art as: “biography, history and topography taught through the eye”.
Fintan Vallely assessed this aspiration by examining more than five hundred artworks that are the visual record of Traditional music over two centuries of painting and drawing. Much of the work was done by artists from outside Ireland, but despite that he finds that it is a detailed and valuable resource. Dancing is the main feature; bellows-blown pipes are the popular instrument, and there is evidence of teaching and learning. But a change is seen as we approach modern time, with the painter’s eye following the trend in music from music and dance being part of community activity, to a focus on the individual performers. Dance style can be seen to have changed too, as has the gender balance of musicians. These findings, and others, are presented in a lecture supported by images of two hundred wonderful oils, watercolours and engravings which have not been seen together or on such a scale before.
Picture: Session, by Pam O’Connell
Start: 7 July, 2018
End: 7 July, 2018
Venue: St. Joseph's Community Hall
Phone: (065) 7084129
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Church Street, Miltown Malbay, Clare, Ireland

Compánach at National Folk Festival, Canberra, Australia

Performance of Compánach at Canberra. Numerous solo and group performances by members of the group.

Queries on classes in flute, fiddle, step-dance and song in early April in the Sydney-Melbourne axis welcomed.

Start: 29 March, 2018
End: 2 April, 2018
Venue: National Folk Festival
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Canberra, Australia

Performance-based workshops in Singapore

Performance-based illustrative session on Irish music at SOTA music academy, Singapore.

Start: 22 March, 2018
End: 22 March, 2018
Venue: SOTA
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1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore, Singapore, 227968

Edward Bunting’s mark on music today

Fintan Vallely will speak on the persisting mark on music in Ireland made by the 18th-19th century collector Edward Bunting, and the importance of Charlotte Milligan Fox’s publication of his papers. A Saturday 1pm talk, illustrated with music, at St. Mary’s Hall, Rosemary Street, Belfast, part of weekend Edward Bunting festival in Belfast.

Start: 17 February, 2018 12:00 am
End: 17 February, 2018 11:00 pm
Venue: St. Mary's Hall
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Rosemary Street, Belfast, Ireland

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
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