They Danced When the Musicians Played

They Danced When the Musicians Played

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Church of St. John the Baptist


Valentia Island


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Chamber Music on Valentia welcomes back uilleann piper Cillian Vallely of Lúnasa renown to join with Fidelio Trio.

About this event

Innovative musicians ‘…the virtuosic Fidelio Trio…’ Sunday Times, and traditional musician Cillian Vallely of Lúnasa renown, collaborate in a unique new set of works for uilleann pipes, violin, cello and piano. With roots in Irish traditional music these boundary-busting new works are vivid musical evocations inspired by portraits of traditional musicians by iconic artist John B. Vallely. Celebrated Irish composers who have specially created new music for this include; Shaun Davey, Neil Martin, Linda Buckley, Niall Vallely, Irene Buckley and Rose Connolly.

The programme also features leading Irish contemporary composer David Fennessy’s ‘The blue-eyed lassie’ from his recent Fidelio Trio commission and two works by the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin specially dedicated to the trio; (must be more) Crispy! composed with Mel Mercier and Mícheál's Fidelio Unsung. American composer David Gompper's Finnegan's Wake is an additional evocative rendition for violin and piano.

The concert is complete with a special arrangement of the Blasket Islands’ slow air Port na bPúcaí’ for this ensemble.

This event is supported by Moving on Music.


Mίcheál Ó Súilleabháin - Fidelio Unsung

Niall Vallely - Swaggering

Linda Buckley - Ceolas

David Fennessy - The Blue-eyed Lassie from Piano Trio No. 2, In memoriam Spencer Boney

Shaun Davey - Jigs in A and D

Henry Cowell - The Banshee

Trad. - Port na bPúcaí

David Gompper - Finnegan’s Wake

Irene Buckley - Stray

Rose Connolly - Abhaile

Neil Martin - FITE FUAITE

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin/Mel Mercier - (must be more) Crispy!

Featured performers

Fidelio Trio; Darragh Morgan (violin), Tim Gill (cello), Mary Dullea (piano)

Cillian Vallely (Uilleann pipes, whistles)

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