World’s greatest trad musicians at St Canice’s

A MAGICAL spell will be woven over the audience at St Canice’s Cathedral on Sunday when some of the world’s greatest traditional musicians from the Celtic heartlands and shores perform together.

A MAGICAL spell will be woven over the audience at St Canice’s Cathedral on Sunday when some of the world’s greatest traditional musicians from the Celtic heartlands and shores perform together.

Dán is a thrilling new collaboration from a select group of some of the world’s greatest traditional musicians from the Celtic heartlands and shores. Established for a series of only four concerts this August, including Kilkenny, Dán is inspired by the often fierce beauty of the sea that connects and defines the homelands of its members.

The collective includes Scottish singer Alyth McCormack with the members of bands Guidewires (Ireland and Brittany), Kan (Scotland, Ireland and England), and the Breton Quartet (Brittany).

Melding traditional and jazz musical cultures from Ireland, France, Scotland and England, with sea-shanties, mouth music and Iberian influenced tunes from Galicia and the Middle East, this first-time collaboration will infuse our musical and spoken word legacies with originality and innovation. The Irish Gaelic word ‘dán’ is beyond an exact translation in the English language but can be interpreted to mean poem, a gift or talent, and destiny or fate, and poems by Aosdána member, and previous Director of Poetry Ireland, Theo Dorgan, renowned for his epic poems about sea journeys, will be woven into these four performances that promise to be summer highlights for all who experience them.

Presented as a choreographed set of distinct ensemble works, the concert will explore musical synergies found in original, traditional, re-arranged and shared material, moving from intimate collaborations to the full force of the ensemble. For more information see www.kilkennyarts.ie