Bobby McFerrinThis March, Waltons World Masters Series will celebrate its 10th anniversary by welcoming Bobby McFerrin back to Ireland for a special two-day event – Bobby Meets Ireland. Each evening’s performance will be a unique collaboration between Bobby and a small, very select group of Irish performers – chosen to represent creativity, tradition and spirit of Ireland.

In December, Waltons World Masters Series announced an Ireland-wide video audition process for musicians and dancers demonstrating ‘mastery of their discipline, unbridled creativity and improvisational flexibility’ who would like the extraordinary opportunity to improvise and perform with Bobby, arguably the greatest vocal innovator and improviser of our time.

Now, after reviewing a huge range of submissions and completing an extraordinary difficult adjudication process, Waltons World Masters Series and Bobby’s creative team in New York have made their final selections. In alphabetical order, the performers are:

Wednesday, 6 March

Maire Dee – Dancer
Kate Ellis – Cello
Robbie Harris – Bodhrán, Bones
Emer Mayock – Irish Flute, Whistle
Úna Ní Fhlannagáin – Harp
Nick Roth – Soprano Saxophone, Flutes
John Sweeney – Guitar
Francesco Turrisi – Piano, Accordion, Percussion

Thursday, 7 March

Cindy Cummings – Dancer
Kate Ellis – Cello
Robbie Harris – Bodhrán, Bones
JPTrio (Ted Kelly, Jos Kelly, Paddy Hazleton) – Banjo, Button Accordion, Cajón Kit
Emer Mayock – Irish Flute, Whistle
Francesco Turrisi – Piano, Accordion, Percussion

Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland takes place at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, 6 and 7 March.

See www.newschool.ie and www.nch.ie for further details and booking information.

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