Stellar line-up for upcoming Tradroque Event
The Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to present Tradroque – a juxtaposition of Irish traditional and baroque music traditions featuring Sligo Baroque Orchestra and an ensemble of traditional musicians including Michael Rooney on harp, Liam Kelly on flute, Leonard Barry on pipes, John Joe Kelly on bodhrán and Seamie O’Dowd on guitar.
This specially commissioned collaborative concert explores the musical links between Europe and Ireland over the last few centuries. Sligo Baroque Orchestra is markedly inclusive, involving professional musicians as well as amateur and student instrumentalists all from very different musical backgrounds. The selection of traditional musicians who will join them are all highly accomplished in their individual fields and together this assembly promise a freewheeling, pulse-quickening, constantly surprising fusion of Irish and Baroque sounds with over twenty musicians on stage.
Music on the night will include; Vivaldi: L'Estro Armonico, Opus 3 - Concerto 6 featuring Nicola Cleary, Heinichen Seibel 238 concerto for flute and oboe featuring Lorraine Howley and John Flanagan and movements from Vivaldi RV 421 and Fasch - Concerto FaWV L:F4 mixed with traditional tunes and compositions from Michael Rooney played by the full ensemble. An epic example of descriptive music composition originally written by Edward Keating Hyland called The Foxchase will also feature, in which the uilleann pipes portray the story of a typical late-eighteenth century foxhunt by imitating the barks of hounds, the trumpets of the hunters and the howls of the fox.
Marie O’Byrne, director of the Hawk’s Well and a member of the Sligo Baroque Orchestra says “I am so looking forward to The Foxchase in particular. In 1995 as a classical violin student I was asked to lead a small chamber orchestra to accompany uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn in a festival performance in Flagmount in Co. Clare. That night, I literally fell in love with Irish music through Liam’s playing and The Foxchase, in particular, was a highlight on that night. The trad and orchestral version we will play on April 12th was arranged by Shaun Davey for Liam O’Flynn and will be dedicated to the memory of the master piper.”
Homage will also be paid in the concert to the great musician and songwriter Thom Moore, who also resently passed away - in a specially orchestrated version of Believe Me Sligo also featuring the full ensemble. A very special concert awaits.