Fresh from his starring role in Julius Caesar in Egypt, the celebrated countertenor Iestyn Davies joins forces with lutenist Thomas Dunford for a very different late-night performance in St John's Priory.

In recent years, Davies and Dunford have taken time out from their many other projects to tour the world together, garnering widespread acclaim for their fresh interpretations of the courtly music of the Renaissance and Baroque. Dunford, who first appeared at Kilkenny performing a memorable solo concert for theorbo in 2010, has been described as ‘the Eric Clapton of the lute’ (BBC Music Magazine), and it’s entirely fitting that tonight’s programme features not only great renaissance composers such as John Dowland (whose songs they have recorded to rave reviews), but the Irish premiere of Old Bones, a song sequence written for Iestyn Davies by the contemporary American composer Nico Muhly.

Davies is a natural match for the English Renaissance lute-song repertory, and Dunford … matched him phrase for phrase … the two musicians held the audience spellbound The Washington Post