Composer and Aosdána member MICHAEL HOLOHAN recently launched his new album, Fields Of Blue And White, in the National Concert Hall.
Fields Of Blue And White is Michael Holohan’s first full-length CD, which includes works that have been commissioned by the National Concert Hall and the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition. It was launched at the NCH on November 6 by the composer Dr. John Buckley.
Born in Dublin in 1956, the former chairman of The Association of Irish Composers was educated at University College Dublin, the Dublin College of Music and Queen’s University, Belfast.
His music has been performed both in Ireland and abroad, and been broadcast by RTÉ, BBC and other international networks. His orchestral works Cromwell (1994), Building Bridges (1995), Leaves Of Glass (1995) and The Lost Land
(1996) have all been premiered by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Running Beast, his collaboration with the playwright Donal O’Kelly, toured Ireland and Europe extensively during 2007 as part of the government’s 400th Commemoration of the Flight of the Earls.
Collaborating regularly with well-known Irish poets such as Seamus Heaney, Richard Murphy, Dermot Healy and Susan Connolly, he won the Celtic Music Prize as RTÉ’s entry at the Celtic Film and Radio Festival in Brittany in 2002 with poet Paul Durcan.
He has lived in Drogheda since 1983, close to the Prehistoric and early Irish Christian sites of the Boyne Valley, which have been a constant source of inspiration to him as a composer.