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Reelig join a headline performance in Sitges, Barcelona, alongside international dance act Velocity

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13 young musicians from Music Generation Carlow will pack their instruments and jet off to Sitges, Barcelona this week to perform alongside celebrated dance duo ‘Velocity’ (David Geaney and Anne Marie Keaney) on Saturday 28 October, as part of the Creative Connexions Festival of Irish and Catalan Culture.

This will be the second successive year that the Carlow ensemble, ‘Reelig’, will perform in Sitges. At this year’s festival, together with champion Irish dancers David Geaney and Anne Marie Keaney (Velocity), ‘Reelig’ will form part of Saturday’s headline concert, ‘Call to the Dance’. The performance will also feature leading musicians Edwina Guckian, Martin Tourish, James Mahon, Danny Diamond, Aimee Farrell Courtney, Brid McGowan, Vincent Woods and Conor Arkins at the Cinema-Teatro el Retiro.

The young musicians travelling to Sitges for this incredible performance opportunity are: 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).

Music Generation Carlow’s ‘Reelig’ is an accomplished collective of young traditional Irish musicians. Formed just three years ago under the direction of Programme Director Paula Phelan and musicians Ciarán Somers and Áine Donohoe, this dynamic ensemble is committed to performing exciting, diverse and challenging repertoire. Previous local and national performances include collaborations with Music Generation Cork City at UCC, the Carlow Pan Celtic Festival, and The Worldwide Ireland Funds’ Conference, which included collaboration with the esteemed Sir James Galway. Recently, ‘Reelig’ performed for President and Sabina Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin, and for former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Culture Heather Humphreys and members of local and national Government at the announcement of 31 Local Authority Culture and Creativity Plans as part of Creative Ireland in Dublin Castle.

Creative Connexions is a three-day, two-country, multi-venue showcase that seeks to make creative connections between Irish and Catalan cultures. The packed programme of events will include performances, exhibitions, readings, lectures and workshops featuring internationally-recognised musicians, artists and performers from Ireland and Barcelona. This year’s festival takes place from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October. Tickets for all concerts are on sale now and further programme information is available online.

For further information about 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