Feb 2022

Thank you to everyone who came to Spike Cello Festival last week! Martin Johnson premiered my cello suite Three Words for Light at the Pepper Cannister – you can read a review of the concert in the Journal of Music. We then took the piece up north and performed it at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace at a concert that included the premiere of Judith Ring‘s Wildwoods (order it on bandcamp here), and I premiered Martin Della Vechia’s A Line, A Circle and performed movements from my own guitar suite Eyewitnesses of His Majesty.

In other news, the Ulster Orchestra‘s performance of my orchestral work Laniakea was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast, and you can listen back here from 1:51:00. Pollen, Blood, and Seaspray was screened in Dublin, Paris, and Belfast, and can be watched back on YouTube till early March 2022. I finished up my brass band piece Rasp, commissioned by New Music Dublin Festival for the 1st Old Boys’ Brass Band, for premiere at NMD in April 2022.

https://youtu.be/8Ut3fHA8VOE?t=1439

Martin and I performing at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace on 17th Feb 2022, with composer Judith Ring and CMC Ireland’s Project Manager Linda O’Shea Farren.

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Upcoming Performances in February

February is going to be a busy month with plenty of performances and I’d love to see you there!

Northern Ireland:

Sat 5th Feb 7:30pm SARC, Belfast: premiere screening of Pollen, Blood, and Seaspray for accordion, electronics, narrator, and visual media.
Tickets are free but must be pre-booked: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ulysses-journey-2022-belfast-new-music-and-film-screening-at-sarc-tickets-249240022617

Wed 9th Feb 8pm Black Box, Belfast: performance of Rasp for brass quintet by the New Antonine Brass Quintet. Tickets are £10/£6: https://thenightwith.com/event/the-new-antonine-brass-quintet-belfast/

Thu 17th Feb 8pm Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy: I will be performing on the guitar alongside the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist Martin Johnson. Performances of two of my works, including my cello suite Three Words for Light. Tickets are £12: https://seamusheaneyhome.ticketsolve.com/shows/873622985

Republic of Ireland:

Wed 2nd Feb 5:30pm Irish Film Institute, Dublin: premiere screening of Pollen, Blood, and Seaspray for accordion, electronics, narrator, and visual media.
Tickets are €9: https://ifi.ie/film/ulysses-journey-2022/

Sat 12th Feb 8pm Pepper Canister Church, Dublin: premiere of Three Words for Light, for cello and electronics, by Martin Johnson as part of the Spike Cello Festival. Tickets are €25: https://www.spikecellofest.com/events/spike-pepper-canister-saturday

Scotland:

Thu 10th-Sat 12th Feb Performances of Rasp in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow as part of The Night With Concert series. Tickets are £10/£6: https://thenightwith.com/events_schedule/

Paris:

Wed 2nd Feb 5:30pm Culterel Centre Irlandais, Paris: premiere screening of Pollen, Blood, and Seaspray for accordion, electronics, narrator, and visual media.

It’s lovely to be back making so much music and I hope you’ll be able to join me for some of these concerts. I’m particularly looking forward to the concert at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace, as I will be performing on a guitar originally owned by Sean Shibe, kindly on loan to me by Brian and Linda O’Shea Farren. I’ve been practising in my matching boots…

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