Carolan Revisited

Carolan Revisited

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Church of St John the Baptist


Valentia Island


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We bring to live audiences some of our discoveries from 2020 in marking Carolan’s 350th anniversary, with Flook artist Sarah Allen.

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Re-inviting Chamber Music on Valentia artist Sarah Allen flute player with the sensational band Flook, in collaboration with Chamber Music on Valentia’s 2022 string and harpsichord players, we bring to live audiences some of our discoveries from 2020 in marking Carolan’s 350th anniversary. These arrangements reimagine music of the time as it might have been heard in Irish houses. Also programmed is a brand new work ‘Carolan and his friends’ by Michael Finnissy taking inspiration from original tunes by Carolan. The performance is further complemented by readings of Carolan's poetry by Kerry resident conductor, Robert Houlihan.

This event is supported by RVW Trust.

Translations of Carolan's texts by Máire Breathnach.

Event programme

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin: Óiche Nollag

Turlough Carolan: The Fairy Queen – Baptist Johnston – Morgan Magan – Sir Arthur Shaen – Miss Murphy – Mrs Power (Carolan’s Concerto)

Michael Finnissy: Carolan and his friends (World premiere)

Turlough Carolan: Mrs (Madame) Cole; Lament for Limerick ; Planxty – Eleanor Plunkett – Carolan’s Dream; Dubourg’s Minuet – The Irish Ho-Hoane; Mrs Bermingham, 1st Air; Mrs O Connor – Planxty Charles Coote – Carolan’s Draught; Bridget Cruise; Bach Minuet in G – Planxty Power – Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór – Colonel John Irwin

Event performers

Sarah Allen (flutes)

Darragh Morgan, Una Sveinbjarnardóttir (violins)

Claudio Lamberti (viola)

Dirk Wietheger (cello)

Mary Dullea (harpsichord)

Robert Houlihan (spoken word)

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