Tuesday 5th March – 9.30pm
Ronan Sweeney (Uilleann Pipes)
Tadhg Mulligan (Fiddle)
Cáitlín Nic Gabhann (Concertina)
Tommy Fitzharris (Flute)
The Cobblestone Bar, 77 North King Street, Dublin 7
Starting at 9:30pm (Doors 9.00pm)
Admission : €12.00 (concession €8.00)
(Please note that the Cobblestone is an Over 18s Only Venue)
Young duet Ronan Sweeney and Tadhg Mulligan will begin this month’s Session with the Pipers at the Cobblestone in Smithfield. They first met at a music festival in Ballinaglera County Leitrim and the pair clicked. The following year they met again in Miltown Malbay at the Willie Clancy festival and performed on Radio na Gaeltachta, which determined the duet. Ronan and Tadhg were both heavily influenced by their music teachers, PJ Flood, Pádraig McGovern and Austin Dawe, as well as other musicians such as Mick O’Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, and their extended musical families: the Mulligans, originally from Leitrim and the McGoverns from West Cavan.
Tommy Fitzharris (flute) is no stranger to the stage and has played support to Lúnasa, Frankie Gavin and Dervish among others. He has featured on the Fleadh programmes, Ceilí House and the Tubridy Show before his appearance on the recent series Lorg Lunny. He has recently completed his Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Tommy currently plays concertina and flute with Ciorras, a group formed as part of the Lorg Lunny programme on TG4.
Three times winner of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, Caitlín Nic Gabhann is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She was raised in a home full of music and dance in Co. Meath. Caitlín learned most of her music from her father Antóin Mac Gabhann, a noted fiddler and fiddle teacher and his playing has greatly influenced her style and rhythm. She started playing the concertina at the age of 8, under the tutelage of Clare concertina teacher, Riona Traynor and later Meabh Ni Lochlainn. She was also greatly influenced by the playing of Micheál Ó Raghallaigh and Catherine McEvoy who lived nearby.
Bell X1 recently announced that their sixth studio album, Chop Chop, will be released on June 28th, on their own label Belly Up. Last month the band reveled a song from the album – “Starlings Over Brighton Pier”
The band will play The National Concert Hall on June 29th and have just announced a date for Cork – Live at the Marquee on July 4th.
The album was recorded in January of this year at Tarquin Studios, Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was produced by Peter Katis and Thomas Bartlett. Bell X1 will premiere Chop Chop live at The National Concert Hall, Dublin on Saturday June 29th, playing it in its entirety, before performing some songs from their back catalogue. Paul Noonan said “Last summer the three of us got together in Dave’s studio and demoed 15 songs. We returned to simpler times, when all around here was fields – piano and guitar, bass & drums… less computers and noises from boxes. Shrink the palette! We’ve loved some of the records that Peter Katis has made in the last few years, and the cut of Thomas Bartlett playing with The Gloaming, so when the stars aligned for two weeks in January we made a record together – Chop Chop.
Tickets for the National Concert Hall are on sale now – Tickets for the Marquee, Cork on sale 7th March.
National Concert Hall, Dublin – June 29th
Bell X1 are Dave Geraghty, Paul Noonan and Dominic Phillips.
IMRO member Vincent Kennedy’s latest work “The Chronicles of Meath” will be premiered at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan on 14 March at 8pm. “The Chronicles of Meath” is written for six Irish harps and will be performed by the Meath Harp Ensemble. There are seven movements of exquisite music each depicting a different time in the history of County Meath: Newgrange, The Hill of Tara – The Hill of Slane, The Book of Kells, O’Carolan’s Arrival, Lament at the Boyne, an arrangement of O’Carolan’s Concerto, and finally, Have You Ever Been To Nobber In the County of Meath? Vincent was commissioned by Meath County Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme. “The Chronicles of Meath” is a public Art project and admission is free but tickets must be booked by contacting the Solstice Arts Centre Box Office directly at 046-9092300.
The performance comes soon after Vincent Received the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras special achievement award “For outstanding artistic achievement and for outstanding promotion of music in the community.” The award was a wonderful recognition for all involved in The Happy Prince production particularly Little John Nee (who wrote and retells Oscar Wilde’s story so beautifully) and Vincent, who wrote the music and conducted all the performances with the Donegal Youth Orchestra and Donegal Youth Choir. The award was presented to Vincent at the National Concert Hall on 9 February.
Phrasing: The Body Language of Your Song
Date: Monday 25th March
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
To reserve a place at this event send an email to ei.ormi@pihsrebmem
Limited Availability | No Admission Charge | Booking Essential
This presentation will give you important keys to phrasing your lyrics for the most impact and support of meaning. Working with rhythms and placements, you’ll learn how to make sure that the line, like body language, helps to really deliver the emotion you intend. This is another “can’t miss” seminar — it’s bound to take your writing to the next level.
Pat Pattison is a Professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches Lyric Writing and Poetry.
In addition to his four books, Songwriting Without Boundaries, Writing Better Lyrics, The Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure, and The Essential Guide to Rhyming, Pat has developed three online lyric writing courses, one on poetry, and one on creative writing available through Berkleemusic.com. He has filmed a series of lectures and masterclasses, available through Songwork.com and has written over 50 articles for various magazines and blogs.
Pat continues to present songwriting clinics across the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Several of his students have won Grammys, including John Mayer and Gillian Welch.