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2018 Commissions

The Arts Office awarded two commissions for traditional music, and one commission to work collaboratively with young people. Peformances of the new commissions will take place in October & November 2018.

Dinnseanchas: new work by Lorcán Mac Mathúna


Saturday 20 October, 7.00pm. Studio, dlr LexIcon. Free, booking essential

Dinnseanchas is the stories and music, of place-names, and long held traditions. This special performance of traditional music and storytelling investigates the landscape of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown; from the mountains to the sea, from the present and the past.

New work written and produced by Lorcán Mac Mathúna, with traditional stories selected by Seosam O Maolalaí. Performed by Eamonn Galldubh and the musicians of CCÉ na Píobairí Uilleann under the direction of Clare Walsh; with spoken word by Seosamh O Maolalaí.

World Premiere of 78 Revolution by Niall Vallely


Friday 9 November, 7.00pm. Studio, dlr LexIcon. Free, booking essential

78 Revolution is an hour-long piece that will explore the interaction between live musicians and pre-recorded material; contemporary music and traditional music; modern technology and century-old technology. Composer Niall Vallely will be joined by a stellar cast of musicians including Zoe Conway (fiddle), Mick O’Brien (pipes), Mick McAuley (accordion), Kate Ellis (cello) and Caoimhín Vallely (piano) along with a soundscape that celebrates more than a century of traditional music.

Grain-storm: new collaborative work by theatre artist Ciarán Taylor


Sunday 11 November, 3.00pm. Studio, dlr LexIcon. Free, booking essential

Grain-storm is a site-specific performance, created by theatre artist Ciarán Taylor with young people at the Grainstore dlr’s youth arts facility. It’s the story of a song from the first chords strummed in a bedroom, to a performance for a festival crowd. It’s the story of finding a creative path when you don’t know where you are going. It’s the story of The Grainstore. Elements of the Grainstore (taking place on Saturday 10 November) performance will be presented in the Studio @ dlr LexIcon so you can see the creative process in action.

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78 Revolution – Niall Vallely

78 Revolution will explore the interaction between live musicians and pre-recorded material; contemporary music and traditional music; modern technology and century-old technology; Irish musicians in 2018 and Irish musicians in 1918.  This piece will utilise archival audio and video as well as live musicians and electronics to create a stunning amalgamation of ancient and modern sounds. 78 Revolution will celebrate the circular nature of traditional music, turning back on itself while moving inexorably forward.

Over the past 25 years Niall Vallely has established himself worldwide as one of Ireland’s most significant musicians and composers. He began learning the concertina at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Pipers' Club. Over the years he has developed a unique approach to playing the instrument and his compositions have gained widespread acclaim both within the world of Irish traditional music and further afield.  Since the early 1990s Niall has been working at composing traditional-style tunes.  His tunes have been recorded on more than 75 albums while some of them have become ‘standards’ in sessions throughout the world. 

In more recent years he has been expanding the scope of his compositions to embrace larger scale forms and instrumentation and involving musicians from the worlds of traditional and classical music. He has received commissions from RTE LyricFM, BBC, TG4, Cork Opera House, Crash Ensemble, University College Cork, Kate Ellis and the Vanbrugh Quartet and has had his works broadcast on radio and television in Ireland, the US and throughout Europe.


Dinnseanchas - Lorcán Mac Mathúna

Dinnseanchas means the history and folklore of place-names; and is the title of this commission which will see young traditional musicians of the county take inspiration from records of the past, to unpack the contexts of traditional music and arts.

Sean-Nós interpreter and composer, Lorcán Mac Mathúna, will take young musicians and singers from The Pipers Club CCÉ, based in Monkstown, on a journey exploring themes of place and folklore, inspired by The Irish Folklore Commission’s School Collection; collected between 1937 and 39. The project aims to enrich the experience of participants -performers, their teachers, and audience- through deep and thematic engagement with archived folklore material; and to give new understanding of the context of traditional song, music, and storytelling. Lorcán will work throughout 2018 with musician’s storytellers and archivists on delivering a concert which will be performed in October 2018.

Lorcán Mac Mathúna is a Sean Nós singer and composer raised in Co. Dublin. Throughout his career he has worked across genres and collaborated with traditional, contemporary, improvised, and jazz musicians and composers. He has directed music projects and created many works including 6 song cycles and 6 studio albums. Commissioned song cycles include: The Battle of Clontarf, An Táin, Derry to the Sea, Tásc is Tuairisc, 1916 - Visionaries and their words, and The Arrows that Murder Sleep. Major works include Preab-Meadar; a groundbreaking collection of rhythms based on Gaelic syllabic poetry. He is a published researcher and a noted sean-nós tutor.


Commission with the Grainstore, dlr's Youth Arts Facility

Director Ciarán Taylor has been awarded the commission to create new artwork with young people at the Grainstore, dlr’s youth arts facility.  He will be working collaboratively with young people to create a new site-specific artwork connected to the Grainstore in Cabinteely Park. Research, development and creation will be taking place during 2018, exploring the history, spaces and creative life of The Grainstore, and the community of young people who have worked and played there, culminating in performances at the Grainstore and dlr LexIcon.