For lovers of music, art and literature the 6th Barrow River Arts Festival brings together an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, folk and traditional music alongside readings from Samuel Beckett and exhibitions of contemporary art work all in the delightful intimate spaces of Borris House from April 21 to 23.
The festival continues the tradition of creating a meeting place for Irish and invited guest artists from all over Europe; aiming to delight and excite audiences with a weekend that stimulates and intrigues.
Art exhibitions – featuring works by Alastair Proud, Bernadette Kiely and Clotilde Peters – are open from 6pm on Friday evening and throughout the festival.
David Power on Uilleann Pipes will herald the opening of the festival on Friday evening and over the weekend the audience can.
Hear songs from the Mediterranean with Greek vocal artist Savina Yannatou accompanied by Francesco Turrisi piano and Barry Guy bass; Bach arias and Swedish folk songs performed by Swedish/Irish soprano Maria Keohane and Camerata Kilkenny. Watch Flamenco/Butoh dancing with Sònia Sánchez from Catalonia, Spain accompanied by Agustí Fernandez piano and Ivo Sans percussion.
Listen to the Beyond Trio (Jürg Wickihalder saxophone, Barry Guy bass, Lucas Niggli percussion); works by Mozart, Schnittke and Schumann with wonderful English violinist Priya Mitchell (replacing our previously advertised artist Nathan Braude) and Russian pianist Polina Leschenko.
Attend the world premiere of Irish composer Benjamin Dwyer’s song cycle based on poems by Spanish poet Rafael Alberti with soprano Sylvia O’Brien and Benjamin Dwyer on guitar or to isten to Barry McGovern reading from Samuel Beckett.