‘Courage’ series two has garnered a fantastic global response since it began on the 23rd of June, with concerts from James Vincent McMorrow, Maija Sofia, Lankum, The Murder Capital, Kodaline, Neil Hannon, Cathy Davey, Eve Belle, Saint Sister and Fontaines D.C. They continue this week with performances from Cormac Begley joined by dancer Stephanie Keane, Laoise Kelly & Anna Mieke.
Esteemed concertina player Cormac Begley comes from a traditional music dynasty, he has played across the globe and is involved in musical projects with other lauded musicians, along with Irish traditional step dancer Stephanie Keane he will play for us in Kylemore Abbey in Connemara on the 16th of July. Also joining us in Kylemore Abbey are world renowned harpist Laoise Kelly, who was named TG4 Gradam Ceoil’s Musician of the Year in 2020 and singer-songwriter Anna Mieke whose critically acclaimed debut album ‘Idle Mind’ came out in 2019, Viewers will recognise her music from the Normal People soundtrack and the last series of Other Voices where she performed in the IMRO Ireland Other Room.
This performance will take place on Thursday night and will be made available worldwide, free of charge, thanks to the support of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ and IMRO. Courage series two is currently being shown on RTÉ 2 Thursdays at 22:30.
Speaking of the project Minister Madigan said: “Building on the phenomenal success of the original Courage programme with a reach of over 2.7m, I am delighted to support this new initiative of live streamed performances from some of our best known heritage sites. The outpouring of wellbeing created by the first series of performances will no doubt be carried through Courage 2 and reminds us that culture lifts us up beyond circumstance and challenges and is vital to the core of our collective humanity.”
IMRO Chief Executive Victor Finn said “In times of crisis we often turn to music creators and artists for their unique ability to interpret and reflect on the world in which we live. Music is a collective experience which can overcome physical distance and is the perfect antidote to the growing sense of alienation and isolation we have all felt in recent times – even more so, now we are being asked to actively practise social distancing. The Other Voices’ Courage series brings some of our finest Irish music creators to the world stage from a number of unique locations around Ireland in what we hope will be inspiring and unforgettable performances.”
Other Voices founder and director Philip King said “We are delighted to present this second season of Other Voices Courage as part of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is about bringing people together through music, and recognising the essential and powerful contribution that artists continue to make to our lives. We are inspired by the response here in Ireland and globally to the first season of Other Voices Courage, and our artists and crews have helped to bring beauty, solace, strength and a sense of belonging to people at this time of national and global crisis – is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has played a leading and imaginative role in making it possible for our artists and crews to work together to create and present Other Voices Courage.”
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