A celebration of the traditional music of Inishowen
Performed by the Inishowen Trad Orchestra and choir
Sat 4th April, Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, Inishowen, County Donegal
2020 is the twenty first anniversary of Inishowen Traditional Music Project (ITMP) and to commemorate and celebrate this momentous achievement, ITMP has embarked on its most ambitious project to date.
It has assembled a group of over 100 musicians and singers to form the Inishowen Trad Orchestra and choir, and engaged renowned musician and composer Martin Tourish to select and arrange an hour piece of music and song which traces the story of Inishowen’s rich musical tradition from 1100AD to the present day.
The orchestra is an ensemble of some of the finest traditional musicians from the area and spans the age spectrum from secondary school and college students, right through to the more mature members!
The music will follow the rich story of the development of Inishowen’s distinct musical voice from the ancient Deus Meus (composed by Maol Iosa O’Brollachain a native of Culdaff in 1100AD) through the collections of Honoria Galwey, to works by Dinny McLaughlin and tunes played by musicians like Seamus Grant.
The concert will be a celebration of Inishowen’s rich traditional culture and will present the music in a new and innovative way. ITMP is delighted to have received the support of the LEADER programme to host and stage this unique event. The concert performance will take place on Sat 4th April, Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Buncrana, Inishowen, County Donegal.
Over the past 21 years ITMP has been active in preserving, researching and developing a wide range of projects to highlight the traditional music of Inishowen. It has hosted festivals, workshops, concerts, masterclasses and exhibitions. It has also been a significant player in recording and archiving the music of Inishowen, including publishing CDs and films and hosting a unique archive of music from the area. It is particularly active in teaching music through specialist tuition, working alongside other organisations to reawaken interest in instruments such as the Uilleann Pipes and the harp.
ITMP is delighted to have received the support of the LEADER programme to host and stage this unique event. The concert will be recorded and filmed for archival purposes and will be an important addition to ITMP’s archive hosted on its website: www.inishowenmusic.ie
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