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Music of the 17th and 18th centuries from Ireland, England, France and Spain

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Róisín O’Grady - Soprano

Eamon Sweeney - Baroque Guitar, Bandora and Lute

Special Guest

Cárthach Mac Craith - Sean Nós Singer

The Port City of Waterford in the 1600s was a thriving place, busy with

trade from all corners of Europe. The coming of Oliver Cromwell and the

Siege of Waterford in 1649 was to change the face of the city and Ireland’s

culture forever. While ‘to Hell or to Connaught’ were the options presented

to poorer Irish, merchants of means fled Waterford to far-off lands including

France and Spain. Meanwhile Irish culture, language and traditions were

sent underground, to live on in the more remote corners of the country.

This concert presents music that was heard both in Ireland and abroad

during this turbulent period.

Tonos and Cárthach perform a beautiful selection of European and Irish

music from the 17th and 18th centuries - mixing Irish song with works by

English and Continental masters and highlighting common threads and

distinct differences. This concert provides a unique opportunity to hear the

sean nós singing tradition alongside that of the classical style, both telling

stories through song in different ways. Composers performed will include

Purcell, Handel,Lully, Aranes, Marín, O’Carolan, Mac Domhnaill and Ó


This concert is kindly supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

Music from Reginald’s Tower


Tonos comprise Waterford based soprano Róisin O’Grady and Wicklow based Baroque and

early guitar specialist Dr. Eamon Sweeney. They specialize in a blend of Irish and European

music from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, performing little known repertoire from this period.

They have performed at all Irish Baroque music festivals including Galway Early Music Festival,

East Cork Music Festival, Sligo Festival of Music and Ardee Baroque Festival. Other

performances include the John Field Room, National Concert Hall and were broadcast in

concert by Lyric FM. The duo has released two CDs, Songs of Identity and Belonging and


Róisin O’Grady has performed in recital and oratorio throughout Ireland and the UK. A

graduate of University College Cork and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama,

Róisin was a member of the National Chamber Choir of Ireland for over two years. As a soloist,

Róisin has performed with early music ensembles, orchestras and choral societies including the

RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Festival performances include West Cork Chamber Music

Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival and all major Irish Baroque festivals. Róisin was a recipient of

the Artist Bursary Award with the Arts Council in 2019.

Eamon Sweeney’s doctoral research explored the guitar’s role as a continuo instrument in the

court of Louis XIV, a previously unexamined area of French Baroque music. Eamon teaches

and performs extensively including giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in Ireland and

abroad. In addition to his work with tonos, Eamon is the founder member of ensembles The

Gregory Walkers and Sonamus and has been fortunate enough to work with many of Ireland’s

leading artists including Seamus Heaney. Eamon gratefully acknowledges the support of The

Department of the Arts, the Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme

and The Artist Bursary Award.

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