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Louth Contemporary Music Society

“Exceptional things only happen when the passion of individuals nourish an idea,” Pärt tells me. “When Eamonn approached me in 2006 and asked for a new work, I felt this passion. It, and the story of Ireland, inspired me to create The Deer’s Cry, which ever since has been very close to my heart. I gratefully remember my collaboration with him and his society. The music world needs such committed fighters as Eamonn Quinn.”

Arvo Pärt speaking to The Guardian June 2017 about Louth Contemporary Music's Eamonn Quinn
The Guardian 17 June 2017

Louth CMS founder Eamonn Quinn on running the best small music festival in Ireland.

‘You’re talking away and then you think to yourself, oh my, Christian Wolff is in my house and he’s talking to me about John Cage.’

As the founder of Louth Contemporary Music Society, an ambitious attempt to present the best contemporary music in the less-than-familiar locations of Drogheda and Dundalk – two relatively small towns in the smallest county in Ireland – Eamonn Quinn has a few stories like this. A soft-spoken man in his early 50s with a full-time job and a family, organising and promoting concerts is mostly something that happens in the evenings after work, a fact that makes the consistently adventurous programming of LCMS even more remarkable.

June 2017

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