Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra is the only orchestra in the western world to perform exclusively by memory. Ireland’s living music tradition soars into the 21st Century with this outstanding ensemble mixing Celtic horns, strings, winds, pipes, reeds and a swinging rhythm section. Máirtín O’Connor’s dazzling accordion playing is the icing on the cake of the tour.
Repertoire includes Inside the Box: Outside the Box, a suite of Máirtín O’Connor tunes orchestrated by Flynn and orchestral songs by Flynn and lyricist Pádraic Ó Beirn sung by Corkonians Róisín Donohoe and Niamh Varian-Barry. Flynn’s much-loved Clare Concerto brings audiences on an exciting and moving journey around the landmarks and musicians of Clare.
The outstanding 20 piece ensemble features some of the best musicians in the business including conductor Bjorn Bantock, harpist Anne-Marie O’Farrell, piper Mark Redmond, flautist Aisling Agnew, guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and Ensemble Ériu founders Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen. Together they bring audiences to their feet from London to Moscow, Clare to Korea.
Speaking about the tour, IMO founder Dave Flynn said;
“I’m really looking forward to bringing the 20 piece IMO to Cork City for the first time and returning to our spiritual home of Clare. I last played Cork Folk Festival in 2012 as part of The Tune Makers with Máirtin O’Connor & Liz Carroll. On that tour Máirtín joined the orchestra for our inaugural concert in glór. It’ll be a joy to perform Máirtín’s music with him again. We end our tour with a more intimate show in Kilkenny’s Watergate Theatre where Máirtín and I will be joined by Niamh Varian-Barry, Róisín Donohoe, Aisling Agnew and Aidan Dunphy for a great evening of music, song and Máirtín’s inimitable storytelling!”
FRI 5 OCTOBER Glór
SAT 6 OCTOBER Cork Folk Festival
SUN 7 OCTOBER Watergate Theatre