Reelig’s spectacular international performance, complete with beats from dancing feet
13 extraordinary young musicians from Carlow represented Music Generation, their county and their country brilliantly in Sitges last Saturday 28 October when they joined a headline performance as part of the Creative Connexions Festival of Irish and Catalan Culture.
Working together with musician James Mahon (Kíla), and under the ongoing direction of musicians and tutors Ciarán Somers and Áine Donohoe, Reelig performed one of Kíla’s pieces 'Skinheads', which was rounded out on the night by the jaw-dropping rhythmic footwork of champion Irish dancer David Geaney (Velocity).
Their performance kicked off ‘Call to the Dance’, a celebratory evening concert featuring some of Ireland’s most exciting artists including musicians Edwina Guckian, Martin Tourish, James Mahon, Danny Diamond, Aimee Farrell Courtney, Bríd McGowan, Vincent Woods, Conor Arkins, and Velocity dancers David Geaney and Anne Marie Keaney.
You can look back at the performance in this video captured live at the event by James Mahon:
Despite being formed just three years ago, Reelig has fast become an accomplished collective of young trad players committed to performing exciting, diverse and challenging repertoire. Already this remarkable ensemble has been invited to perform at such prestigious occasions as the Carlow Pan Celtic Festival and The Worldwide Ireland Funds’ Conference, and at venues including Áras an Uachtaráin, Farmleigh House and Dublin Castle.
The young musicians that took to the stage for the inspiring performance on 28 October were: Katie Brennan (Concertina); Colm Broderick (Uileann Pipes); Doireann Broderick (Concertina); Meadhbh Broderick (Flute); Alannagh Byrne (Fiddle); Oisín Byrne (Bodhrán); Fionn Dowling (Accordion); Jack Gladney (Guitar); Conor McDermott (Banjo); Niamh Nolan (Flute); Shane Nolan (Fiddle); Thomas O’Donoghue (Accordion) and Cathal Sweeney (Banjo).
In addition to taking on this headline performance, Reelig took the opportunity to stage some impromptu sessions over the course of the weekend, all the while juggling rehearsals in the beautiful surrounds of Sitges town.
Led by Artistic Director Caroline Wynne, Creative Connexions is a three-day, two-country, multi-venue showcase that seeks to make creative connections between Irish and Catalan cultures. The packed 2017 programme of events included performances, exhibitions, readings, lectures and workshops featuring internationally-recognised musicians, artists and performers from Ireland and Barcelona.
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For further information about this and other events and initiatives at Music Generation Carlow contact:
Music Generation Carlow, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board, Athy Road, Carlow
t: +353 59 913 8532