Welcome to our October Newsletter
Autumn is always busy at the Arts Council, with applications for Strategic Funding already being assessed, and budget planning for 2019 well underway.
But where there is work there should also be play – so I am delighted to tell you that Tradition Now, our partnership with the National Concert Hall (NCH), will return from 24-28 October! This will be the fourth edition of this unique festival, which takes a look at the evolution of traditional music in a fast-moving Ireland, and provides a platform for the most forward-thinking artists playing today.
Tradition Now 2018 features newly-commissioned work by Kate Moore, performed by Iarla Ó Lionáird with Crash String Quartet, a performance by Liam O’Connor in collaboration with John Blake and Paddy McEvoy, and a residency in the NCH for fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain. Younger audiences will also be entertained by the Armagh Rhymers and Ceol Connected’s interactive adventure A Winter Wish.
A star-studded line-up, with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, will remember and celebrate one of traditional music’s best known pioneers, Liam O’Flynn, who sadly passed away in March. And I’d also like to draw your attention to the special concert planned in association with Fair Plé, a new movement to address the gender imbalance in traditional and folk music.