Neil Ó Lochlainn Group: Immram

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Music Spoken Word


30/07/2022 14:00 - 15:30


Leaving from Baltimore Pier



Neil Ó Lochlainn - Irish flute, double bass Soetkin Elbers - voice

Lucia MacPartlin - fiddle Eilís Lavelle - Irish harp


Online Booiking Now Closed but Tickets will be available at the door from 1.30pm


“Neil Ó Loclainn has an instinct and a feel for different strands of music that allows him to create uncompromised musical worlds that speak with real depth and authenticityMartin Hayes

Immram is a setting, for chamber ensemble, reciter and singer, of the Immram suite of poems written by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and first published in her collection Feis (1991). In 2019 Neil Ó Lochlainn was commissioned by Paddy Bushe and the Amergin Solstice Poetry Gathering to set the poems to music and the resulting suite of music was premiered at the festival in Waterville, Kerry in 2021. The group have also featured at Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition festival, Bantry and Féile na Bealtaine, An Daingean.

‘Immram’ roughly translates as ‘Voyage’ and is a type of story found commonly in mythological Irish writing describing a protagonists journey by sea to the otherworld and adventures during their voyage.
This suite of music combines influences from the sean nós tradition, jazz/improvised music and contemporary chamber music to create an innovative style of contemporary Irish music rooted in the singing and dance music tradition of Ireland. The musicians are some of the most highly regarded musicians working today in a variety of genres.

Neil Ó Loclainn is an award winner musician and composer from Clare. His work is dedicated to exploring the universal in the local and developing a unique creative music language derived primarily from Irish influences. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the award winning Ensemble Ériu who have released three critically acclaimed albums and received a TG4 Gradam Ceol award in 2016. His chamber ensemble Cuar released their debut album on Raelach Records in 2017 and will release their second album ‘Umhaill’ in November 2022 on Diatribe Records. He is Double Bass section leader of Dave Flynn’s Irish Memory Orchestra and has been bassist of choice for many of Ireland’s leading Jazz musicians. From 2012 to 2015 he was a member of the Louis Stewart quartet. He has received numerous bursaries and scholarships and in 2019 he was the Traditional Arts recipient of the Next Generation bursary award from the Arts Council.