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Special Guests including Roddy Doyle, Lisa O'Neill, Loah & Joseph O'Connor for This is Ireland with Glen Hansard confirmed

We are delighted to confirm the names of the special guests performing with Glen Hansard on Saturday 2nd April as part of Imagining Home: This is Ireland.

They are Roddy Doyle, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, David Rooney, Judith Mok, Ye Vagabonds, Lisa O'Neill, Stephen James Smith, Joseph O'Connor, Paula Meehan, Maya Youssef, Loah & Brendan Begley


Media Release 15 March 2016

Eva Hoffman, Olwen Fouéré, Owen Roe and Two World Premieres added the National Concert Hall’s 2016 programme ‘IMAGINING HOME’

Additions - INTO EUROPE (30th March)

  • George Bernard Shaw’s Treason on Trial performed by Owen Roe (world premiere)

  • Fintan O’Toole’s The Nightmare of Empire/The Dream of Europe performed by Olwen Fouéré (world premiere)


Additions - ON REVOLUTION (31st March)

  • Eva Hoffman– reflection on revolutionary change

  • Colm Tóibín and Donnacha Dennehy (world premiere) The Dark Places performed by Crash Ensemble, Robin Adams (baritone) and Stephen Richardson (bass-baritone)

  • Elégie en prose (for Robert Emmet) by Berlioz performed by Michael McHale (piano) and Robin Adams (baritone)

  • Vanbrugh Quartet perform works by Philip Glass and Beethoven


The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce the names of the artists to be added to the line-up for two of the seven concerts (entitled INTO EUROPE and ON REVOLUTION) as part of its Ireland 2016 series Imagining Home. Taking place between the 28th of March and 3rd of April 2016, the events, inspired by the 1916 Proclamation, speak of Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years, its place in the world today and its shared future.

INTO EUROPE (30th March) - The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce two world premieres: Treason on Trial by George Bernard Shaw to be performed by Owen Roe, and The Nightmare of Empire/The Dream of Europe by Fintan O’Toole to be performed by celebrated actress Olwen Fouéré (commissioned by the National Concert Hall). Both premieres are centred on the plight of the 1916 figure Roger Casement.

Into Europe also features actress Lisa Dwan performing, for the first time on an Irish stage, Samuel Beckett’s Not I and Footfalls. Pianist Barry Douglas and Camerata Ireland perform a selection of John Field Nocturnes, Schubert’s Du bist die Ruh (arranged by Franz Liszt for solo piano) and Krzysztof Penderecki’s Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima; a landmark piece by Barry Douglas’ long-time collaborator. The work is a musical response to the crises of the mid-20th century.

ON REVOLUTION (31st March) - This programme now features leading international writers – Joseph O’Neill, Ahdaf Soueif, Hisham Matar, Adam Zagajewski – all reading from their own prolific works. Celebrated writer Eva Hoffman, has been added to the line-up. She will reflect on the various kinds of revolutionary change which Eastern Europe has undergone during her lifetime.

The evening will be interspersed with musical pieces, opening with Berlioz’s Elégie en prose (for Robert Emmet) performed by Robin Adams (baritone) and Michael McHale (piano) and Frederic Rzewski’s Excerpts from A People United Will Never Be Defeated. The Vanbrugh Quartet perform Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’ (movements I, V and VI) and Beethoven’s Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No.2 (movement I).

Full details of the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series can be found here. Imagining Home is part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D. It is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, reflecting on our achievements over the last 100 years and looking towards Ireland’s future. www.ireland.ie.

Imagining Home media partners include The Irish Times and RTÉ Radio 1.

IMAGINING HOME

AMERICA Monday 28 March 2016 8pm
Celebrating the long musical conversation across the Atlantic a gathering of Irish and American musicians perform songs from this rich musical dialogue. Artists taking part are Rosanne Cash, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Rodney Crowell, Andy Irvine, Tim O’Brien, Mick Moloney and band.

ENGLAND Tuesday 29 March 2016 8pm
Kevin Rowland and Sean Read of Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners) and Irish singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke, perform alongside Martin Carthy, Camille O’Sullivan, Cáit O’Riordan, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Cathal Coughlan and Lisa O’Neill in a unique event, hosted by writer and broadcaster John Kelly which looks at the musical interplay between Ireland and England.

INTO EUROPE Wednesday 30 March 2016 8pm
Inspired by the European identity of the Irish republican tradition, Into Europe explores Ireland’s place in European culture. Samuel Beckett, John Field and Roger Casement spark an evocative evening of word, performance and music. The programme includes Lisa Dwan performing Samuel Beckett’s Not I and Footfalls; Fintan O’Toole on Roger Casement and human rights and pianist Barry Douglas performing with Camerata Ireland.

ON REVOLUTION Thursday 31 March 2016 8pm
An evening of word and music exploring revolutionary ideals and their impact with an international gathering of writers and commentators from Ireland, Egypt, Libya, India and Europe including Joseph O’Neill, Ahdaf Soueif, Hisham Matar, Eva Hoffman, Adam Zagajewski, and Colm Tóibín. This concert includes the world première of a new commission The Dark Places by Colm Tóibín, and acclaimed composer Donnacha Dennehy to be performed by Crash Ensemble and guests.

THE LITERARY IMAGINATION Friday 1 April 2016 8pm
A celebration of the country’s literary heritage, its present and its future, with some of Ireland’s greatest living writers and poets including John Banville, Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, John Montague, Kevin Barry and Paul Muldoon.

THIS IS IRELAND Saturday 2 April 2016 8pm
Glen Hansard gathers friends and collaborators to celebrate Ireland in 2016.

OUT OF THE TRADITION Sunday 3 April 2016 8pm
Well-known traditional singers, sisters Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, join sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Mhiollain, celebrated Irish harpist Tríona Marshall, fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, Irish language poet Louis de Paor and award-winning actress Olwen Fouéré in this concert which explores a journey through Irish traditional music from its roots to the thriving traditional scene of today. They will joined by fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill, Usher’s Island, the Tulla Céilí Band, fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Iarla Ó Lionaird.

Tickets for each concert in IMAGINING HOME at the National Concert Hall are €39.50, €29.50, €22.50 Tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie

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For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057/087 1775334

FOR THE EDITOR

Imagining Home is one of four programmes at the National Concert Hall that will mark 100 years of Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme. These include Composing the Island: A Century of Music in Ireland to take place in September; Song for ‘16 : an All-Island song competition for schools with Disney Music Group and a new commission project with Dublin Port, Starboard Home , which sees songs recorded, released and premiered at a special multi-media concert at the National Concert Hall in June featuring Paul Noonan, John Sheahan (of The Dubliners), Declan O’Rourke, Caitriona Lally, Colm Mac con Iomaire, Duke Special, Gemma Hayes, Cathy Davey and Paul Cleary.

Wednesday 27th January 2016

Kevin Rowland from Dexys, Declan O’Rourke, Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, actress Olwen Fouéré and more announced for ‘IMAGINING HOME’ at the National Concert Hall

Additions - ENGLAND 29 March 2016
• Kevin Rowland and Sean Read of Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners)
• Declan O’Rourke, Irish singer/songwriter

Additions - OUT OF THE TRADITION 3 April 2016
• Maighréad & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, singers, composers, musicians
• Treasa Ní Mhiollain, sean-nós singer
• Tríona Marshall, harp
• Aoife Ní Bhriain, fiddle
• Louis dePaor, Irish language poet
• Olwen Fouéré, actress

The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce the names of the artists to be added to the line-up for two of the seven concerts [entitled England and Out of the Tradition] as part of its Ireland 2016 series Imagining Home. The events take place between 28 March and 3 April 2016.

Inspired by the 1916 Proclamation, Imagining Home speaks of Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years, its place in the world today and its shared future.

ENGLAND -29 March 2016 Programme additions

Kevin Rowland and Sean Read of Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners) and Irish singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke, will be added to the line- up for ENGLAND, 29 March. They will perform alongside Martin Carthy, Camille O’Sullivan, Cait O’Riordan, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Cathal Coughlan and Lisa O’Neill in a unique event, hosted by writer and broadcaster John Kelly which looks at the musical interplay between Ireland and England.

OUT OF THE TRADITION -3 April 2016 Programme additions

Well-known traditional singers, sisters Maighread & Tríona Ni Dhomhnaill, join sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Mhiollain, celebrated Irish harpist Tríona Marshall, fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, Irish language poet Louis de Paor and award-winning actress Olwen Fouéré for OUT OF THE TRADITION on 3 April. This concert explores a journey through Irish traditional music from its roots to the thriving traditional scene of today. They will joined by fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill, Usher’s Island, the Tulla Céilí Band, fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Iarla Ó Lionaird.

Imagining Home is part of The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D. It is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, reflecting on our achievements over the last 100 years and looking towards Ireland’s future. www.ireland.ie

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Kevin Rowland and Dexys (Midnight Runners) are one of the great pioneers of English pop. From an Irish emigrant family background, Kevin Rowland has always drawn on this Irish musical heritage. From their number one singles Geno and Come on Eileen to their albums Searching for the Young Soul Rebels, Too-Rye-Ay, Don't Stand Me Down and One Day I’m Going to Soar, “their catalogue stands comparison with any British group” (The Guardian). We are delighted they join Imagining Home in an exclusive live performance.

The acclaimed Irish song-writer Declan O’Rourke is, according to Brendan Graham of Hot Press Magazine (2012) “not a songwriter within the ordinary definition of the word. He is a sorcerer of songs, with a Dickensian skill for finding the moment that details some aspect of our humanity”. The critical and commercial success he has achieved since the release of his debut album Since Kyabram has earned him plaudits from the likes of Snow Patrol, Kate Rusby and DJs Jonathan Ross and Edith Bowman, each of whom were rapturous in their praise of Declan’s deep-honey voice and astute song writing abilities.

Aoife Ní Bhriain is a fiddler who has won numerous competitions both classical and tradition including 7-All-Ireland Titles at the Fleadh Cheoil, ESB Feis Ceoil, Camerata and Ireland Young Musician of the Year Award in 2011. Most recently she won a TG4 Gradam Coil award, the most prestigious honour for Irish musicians for her input on the CD Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts.

Maighréad Ní Dhomhnaill is an Irish traditional singer, known for her work with the short-lived, but very highly regarded Skara Brae and her collaborations with her sister Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill as well as other traditional musicians. Most recently she has recorded and performed with the West Ocean String Quartet and with her sister Triona, along with Moya Brennan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh are part of a new Celtic supergroup T with the Maggies, who released their most recent CD (2010).

With a career spanning three decades, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill has played with Skara Brae, The Bothy Band, Relativity, Touchstone, Nightnoise and of course her sister Maighread. Her latest solo release is entitled The Key’s Within.

Tríona Marshall’s music has been hailed by critics as both sensitive and revelatory. Drawing from the centuries-old harp tradition, her performances are renowned for their depth, virtuosity and flair. Her years spent performing with orchestras and The Chieftains have brought her all over the world. However, it is as a soloist, summoning the spirit, people and places of her musical world, that the depth of her journey becomes most palpable.

Louis de Paor is one of the most celebrated poets of the Irish language and is a former editor of the acclaimed Irish language journal Innti (founded by Michael Davitt, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Liam Ó Muirthile and Gabriel Rosenstock). Now the Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at the NUI, Galway, de Paor has worked alongside many of the giants of literature in the Irish language such as Sean Ó Tuama with whom he edited a twentieth century anthology of poetry in Irish.

Olwen Fouéré is a leading Irish actor and creative artist. She has worked with The Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1980 she formed Operating Theatre, an avant-garde theatre company with composer Roger Doyle. She recently set up TheEmergencyRoom in 2009 for projects ‘in need of immediate attention’ and as a virtual holding space for the development of art-based ideas, relationships and performance contexts. Olwen was nominated for Best Actress in the 2013 Irish Times Theatre Award’s for her work on riverrun.


The National Concert Hall launches ‘IMAGINING HOME’, seven themed concerts to mark 100 years of Ireland

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Aodhán Ó Riordáin, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht joined National Concert Hall CEO Simon Taylor, and Chairman Gerry Kearney today (Thursday 19 November 2015) to announce details of Imagining Home ; the National Concert Hall’s initiative as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
 
Inspired by the 1916 Proclamation, Imagining Home is a series of seven concerts to take place from Monday the 28th of March to the 3rd of April 2016 that speak of Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years, its place in the world today and its shared future.
 
Imagining Home gathers some of Ireland’s leading musicians, writers, thinkers and acclaimed international artists to celebrate Ireland’s cultural life.
 
It is one of four programmes at the National Concert Hall that will mark 100 years of Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme. These include Composing the Island : A Century of Music in Ireland to take place in September; Song for ’16 : an All-Island song competition for schools with Disney Music Group and a New Commissions project with Dublin Port which sees songs recorded, released and premiered at a special multi-media concert at the National Concert Hall in June.
 
Heather Humphreys T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:
“The seven concerts which will be staged consecutively at the National Concert Hall over Easter Week next year will reflect on the ideals which inspired the 1916 Leaders and how they impacted on Ireland’s interaction with the world, on our literature and on contemporary and traditional music. The Concert Hall, as one of our National Cultural Institutions, will be a focal point for the commemorations, and will help us to explore our past and look to the future through music, song and debate.

“I am pleased that the Concert Hall’s programme for 2016 also includes an All-Island Song Competition for primary and post-primary schools. Pupils will be asked to write and perform a song celebrating the modern, multi-cultural Ireland we live in today. The winning song will be released on Hollywood records by Disney Music Publishing, which is a very exciting prospect for aspiring young singers and musicians. With this innovative project the Concert Hall is encouraging our youngest and brightest to engage with our history through contemporary culture.”


Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D. Minister of State at the department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:
“As we reflect on the momentous events which took place a century ago, it is important that culture and the arts are central to our Ireland 2016 programme, and I am proud that this is to be the case.  The National Concert Hall’s special programme of concerts will allow us to enjoy the wealth of artistic and creative talent for which Ireland is known globally. Given the role of artists in the events of a century ago it is only fitting and right that they take such a central position in our Easter Rising commemorations.

“The 1916 Centenary Commemoration offers a special opportunity to raise further international awareness of Ireland and to celebrate Ireland as a nation of strong creativity and artistic excellence.  The National Concert Hall has selected many artists who are representative of this excellence, and I am confident that they will enthral audiences both home and abroad as we commemorate this centenary.  I wish the National Concert Hall every success with their programme.”


Speaking at the launch of Imagining Home , Simon Taylor, CEO of the National Concert Hall said:
We are delighted to launch Imagining Home today; the first of four major projects to take place next year at the National Concert Hall  as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. Our ambition in devising such a diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic activities is to speak of Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years whilst also looking forward to the next century. We hope the programme will capture the imagination and facilitate reflection, commemoration, celebration, debate and an active re-imaging of our shared future.”

IMAGINING HOME

AMERICA Monday 28 March 2016 8pm
Rosanne Cash, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Rodney Crowell, Andy Irvine, Tim O’Brien, Mick Moloney and band and more to be announced. Celebrating the long musical conversation across the Atlantic, America is a gathering of Irish and American musicians performing songs from this rich musical dialogue.

ENGLAND Tuesday 29 March 2016 8pm  
Martin Carthy, Camille O’Sullivan, Cait O’Riordan, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Cathal Coughlan, Lisa O’Neill and more to be announced. A conversation between neighbours in song hosted by writer and broadcaster John Kelly, England celebrates the musical interplay between Ireland and England.

INTO EUROPE Wednesday 30 March 2016 8pm
Inspired by the European identity of the Irish republican tradition, Into Europe explores Ireland’s place in European culture. Samuel Beckett, John Field and Roger Casement spark an evocative evening of word, performance and music. The programme includes Lisa Dwan performing Samuel Beckett’s Not I and Footfalls; Fintan O’Toole on Roger Casement and human rights and pianist Barry Douglas performing with Camerata Ireland. More to be announced.
 
ON REVOLUTION Thursday 31 March 2016 8pm
An evening of word and music exploring revolutionary ideals and their impact with an international gathering of writers and commentators from Ireland, Egypt, Libya, India and Europe including Joseph O’Neill, Ahdaf Soueif, Hisham Matar, Pankaj Mishra, Adam Zagajewski, and Colm Tóibín . This concert includes the world première of a new commission ‘Casement/Conrad’ by Colm Tóibín, and acclaimed composer Donnacha Dennehy to be performed by Crash Ensemble.
 
THE LITERARY IMAGINATION Friday 1 April 2016 8pm
A celebration of the country’s literary heritage its present and its future, with some of Ireland’s greatest living writers and poets including John Banville, Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, John Montague, Marina Carr, Kevin Barry, and Paul Muldoon. More to be announced.
 
THIS IS IRELAND Saturday 2 April 2016 8pm
Glen Hansard gathers friends and collaborators to celebrate Ireland in 2016. (Guests to be announced).
 
OUT OF THE TRADITION Sunday 3 April 2016 8pm               
A journey through Irish traditional music from its roots to the thriving traditional scene of today and an exploration of the great works of the Irish language and its place in Ireland featuring Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Usher’s Island, the Tulla Céilí Band, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, and Iarla Ó Lionáird. More to be announced.
 
Serious in association with the National Concert Hall present IMAGINING IRELAND Friday 29 April 2016
at the Royal Festival Hall, London, supported by the Embassy of Ireland in London and Culture Ireland.
This special concert is a celebration of Ireland’s musical journey over the last 100 years and the rich musical interplay between and Ireland Britain featuring Paul Brady, Camille O’Sullivan, James Vincent McMorrow, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Andy Irvine, Cait O’Riordan, Martin Carthy and John Kelly.
 
More artists will be announced and added to Imagining Home programme over the coming months.
 
*Tickets for Imagining Home at the National Concert Hall are on sale Monday 23rd November 2015 from 10am (Priority Booking for Friends of the National Concert Hall Thursday 19 November).

Tickets for each concert in IMAGINING HOME at the National Concert Hall are €39.50, €29.50, €22.50
[book 3 or more concerts and receive a 10% discount. Book 5 or more concerts and receive a 15% discount]
Tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie.
[Tickets for IMAGINING IRELAND at Royal Festival Hall £35, £25 (+booking fee) +44 0207 960 4200 or www.southbankcentre.co.uk]
 
Full details of the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series can be found here
 
Imagining Home is part of The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D. It is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, reflecting on our achievements over the last 100 years and looking towards Ireland’s future. www.ireland.ie
 
Imagining Home media partners include The Irish Times and RTÉ Radio 1.
 
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For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057/087 1775334
 

NOTES FOR EDITOR

The National Concert Hall’s Programme for 2016 also includes the following programmes:
 
COMPOSING THE ISLAND - A century of music in Ireland, September 2016
Audiences will have a unique opportunity to encounter the music of Irish composers written between 1916–2016, during a three-week period in September 2016, performed at the National Concert Hall and broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm. Presented by Bord na Móna in association with RTÉ and the National Concert Hall, the festival will include six major orchestral concerts given by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a further 20 concerts featuring choral, instrumental, song and chamber music given by a range of performers including the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, RTÉ Cór na nÓg, the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet, Crash Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, Vanbrugh Quartet, Concorde and The Fidelio Trio.
 
SONG FOR 16 - All-Island Song Competition for Schools with Walt Disney Music Group
Song for ‘16 is an all-island song competition which invites primary and post-primary students to write and perform a song celebrating the modern, multi-cultural Ireland of 2016.
Presented by the National Concert Hall, the Department of Education and Skills, and Disney Music Group it is the key outreach programme for 2016 encouraging students to engage with Song for ’16 is the National Concert Hall’s key outreach programme for 2016, encouraging students to engage with contemporary culture through a historical perspective, and to produce a hit song that celebrates what the island has become over the last 100 years. In a unique opportunity, the overall winning song will be published by Disney Music Publishing and released on Hollywood records.

NEW PROJECT WITH DUBLIN PORT June 2016
As part of the National 2016 Centenary Programme, Dublin Port and the National Concert Hall are partnering to produce a project which commissions a series of songs by some of Ireland’s leading contemporary song writers.  The project will see the songs recorded, released and premiered at a special multi-media concert at the National Concert Hall. The project is inspired by the centuries old commercial and cultural relationship between the river Liffey, the port and the city.

*Please note the above National Concert Hall programmes, as part of the Ireland 2016 centenary programme, will be launched at a later date. Full details will be made available then.

The Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, led by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, T.D., is a year-long programme of activity to commemorate the events of the 1916 Rising, to reflect on our achievements over the last 100 years and to look towards Ireland’s future. Full details of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme are available at www.ireland.ie