Date Published: 11-May-2011
Legendary traditional fiddler Kevin Burke, who has played with the Bothy Band, Patrick Street, Celtic Fiddle Festival will be in Galway next Monday, May 16 for a a special concert, where traditional and classical music will join forces.
Burke is travelling from his hometown in Portland Oregon with his musical partner; guitarist, composer and arranger, Cal Scott to perform the Irish Session Suite in venues throughout Ireland, including Galway, where they will be joined by the Vanbrugh String Quartet.
The Suite is featured on Burke’s and Scott’s latest release of the same name and contains a collection of well-known jigs, reels, hornpipes and other airs, arranged for string quartet.
London-born Burke is best known for his fluid and ornamented Sligo style fiddle playing while multi-instrumentalist Cal Scott has been playing a variety of music for years; everything from folk to jazz, on bass, brass and guitar. He has built a career as a composer, arranger and producer with extensive film and television scores to his credit as well as his own CDs.
The two men met some years ago while Scott was working a score for a documentary on Northern Ireland and have developed a fruitful musical partnership.
Kevin Burke has said that The Irish Session Suite is an unusual variation of the kind of music he normally plays, but explained that taking a classical approach to traditional Irish fiddle tunes fits right in with his musical upbringing.
He was reared in London, where his parents wanted him to learn Irish music but didn’t know anybody who could teach it to him, he has explained, so they sent him to a violin teacher who taught him classically. Their hope was that once he had mastered the instrument, he’d subsequently pick up Irish tunes. His parents’ plan obviously worked, and although he has forged his career in traditional music, Kevin Burke has always had a healthy respect for classical music.
Irish Music Magazine described The Irish Session Suite “as a groundbreaking and original album’ while critic for The Irish Echo Earle Hitchner described it as “pure listening pleasure”.
The Irish Session Suite has been performed across the US with classical players to great acclaim but this tour will be its first outing in Ireland.
Renowned classical musicians The RTÉ Vanbrugh String Quartet will join Burke to perform this work on Monday night, with Scott overseeing proceedings as arranger in the city’s Town Hall Theatre.
The show will contain three elements; a traditional set from Burke and Scott, a classical section from The Vanbrugh and the merging of the two traditions with Kevin Burke taking lead fiddle to perform The Suite with the remaining quartet members. A very special night of music is assured.
Booking for the show on Monday next, May 16 is now open at the Town Hall Theatre on 091-569777 or on the web at www.tht.ie
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.