Festival of Traditional Music Explores Diversity and Innovation at the National Concert Hall
The Arts Council in partnership with the National Concert Hall presents Tradition Now, a week-long festival of forward looking traditional music to take place from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 October 2017 at the NCH.
With a focus on international collaboration as well as creative and innovative new work the festival features over ten concerts by a range of established and contemporary artists from widely acclaimed Irish band Lankum (formerly Lynched) to Gaelic singer from the Outer Hebrides Julie Fowlis and Beoga with RTÉ Concert Orchestra to Galician piper Carlos Nuñez, and many more. The festival also comprises of the inaugural Tradition Now Artist in Residence, namely concertina player Cormac Begley and is complimented by a full programme of family events appealing to a wider audience.
Comprised of three main stage concerts and a host of smaller more intimate talks, concerts and family concerts Tradition Now explores various themes including: the sound of traditional music and song in the city of Dublin with independent folk band Lankum and multicultural interchange of Irish/Iranian group Navá; the re-examination of ‘tradition’ with harpist Siobhan Armstrong and Lankum’s exploration of old song in a modern context; innovative new works by singer Julie Fowlis and fiddler Zoë Conway as well as international dialogue and musical exchange with The Rolling Wave exploring Atlantic piping traditions and more.
Tradition Now celebrates the successes evident in Arts Council investment in the traditional arts in recent years and which is a strategic objective of Making Great Art Work.
For more information please visit http://www.nch.ie/Online/Tradition-Now-2017