Friday night at the 2013 Kilkenny Arts Festival saw US soprano Dawn Upshaw combine with Crash Ensemble for a performance of That the Night Come, Donnacha Dennehy's haunting song cycle based on poems by WB Yeats.
Here's a look at what happened...
The Fall began back with Mark E. Smith back in the 70s and continues as strong as ever today, the band releasing their 30th studio album in May of this year. A coup for the festival, we were delighted to welcome The Fall to Set. Theatre in Kilkenny, preceded by Toujacques on the night.
This is a look at what happened...
We were delighted midweek to be able to welcome Macnas to the streets of Kilkenny. As a group, they need no introduction, their work renowned the world over, but to get their Chaosmos performance to Kilkenny was something special.
It began with an assembly of magical creatures in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle before winding its way to The Parade, The Tholsel and along High Street to the Courthouse for conclusion.
Take a look for yourself to see what happened...
Gerry Godley has been looking after the programming end of our jazz, world and traditional music for the past number of years. We caught up with him to find out how his end of the programme comes together, what he looks out for in acts and how the 40th Kilkenny Arts Festival has been going...
Fight Like Apes made their full Kilkenny debut as part of this year's festival, finding a home for themselves in Billy Byrne's as part of the WIRED strand. With BITCHES opening the proceedings not long after 8.30pm, Fight Like Apes had the crowd going within seconds of opening up. The marquee kept the rain at bay for the night and this is what unfolded...
Wednesday night at this year's festival saw the arrival of Grammy award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw to St. Canice's Cathedral alongside pianist Gilbert Kalish for her first ever Irish performance. When you're making your first, you may as well try and stick around for a second - Dawn will be back on Friday, this time with Crash Ensemble, again at St. Canice's Cathedral.
A trio of outstanding traditional musicians converge on St John’s for this very special lunchtime concert. Donegal’s Ciarán Tourish and Kevin Doherty first played together at the age of six, when they took tin whistle lessons from the legendary fiddle player Dinny McLaughlin.
Tourish went on to become the fiddle player with Altan and has collaborated on a wide range of projects with the likes of Mary Black, Máirtín O’Connor and Dolores Keane. Doherty, meanwhile, joined Four Men and a Dog, the group founded by fiddle and banjo player Cathal Hayden whose high-octane live performances and eclectic mix of tunes made it one of the most popular and successful bands on the trad music circuit.
At lunchtime on Wednesday, all three took to the floor at St. John's Priory as part of our 2013 lunchtime concert series in the venue, another packed show lifted by a top selection of trad tunes. Take a listen!
Tuesday night turned to Scandinavian jazz as the Bobo Stenson Trio took to the stage at St. Canice's Cathedral from 8pm, with Frode Haltli and Trygve Seim also on the bill. Long regarded as one of the most influential jazz musicians in Europe, it was a pleasure to have Bobo Stenson in Kilkenny, the works of the Bobo Stenson Trio really setting him apart from jazz greats.
After a sell-out success at the 2011 festival, Kaleidoscope returned for another imaginative programme spanning five hundred years of music from Ireland, Europe and beyond.
A host of players mixed sets throughout the night at Left Bank on a variety of early music and classical instruments. There were some slight changes to the programme just before kick off, but here's a look at what unfolded, with a Beethoven duo and a selection of music from the 17th century thrown into the mix.
Curator Angela O'Kelly gives us an insight to the world of Costume with Niamh Lunny, head of costume at the Abbey Theatre, and artists Úna Burke, Ana Rajcevic and Andreia Chaves.
Turning the traditional idea of a costume exhibition inside out, Behind the Scenes focuses on the undergarment, demonstrating that these complex, functional pieces are beautiful objects in their own right.
Focusing on innovators of fashion and sculpture for the body, Future Fashion explores the work of fashion, jewellery and shoe designers who are embracing -- and transforming -- craft skills and techniques through innovative design thinking, sculptural aesthetic, and cutting-edge technology and materials.
Costume continues post festival at the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny.
For more details visit kilkennyarts.ie or nationalcraftgallery.ie