- 06 Feb 19
Over two weeks of concerts, masterclasses, collaborations and workshops
Today, details of the programme for Music Town 2019 were announced. A two-week musical celebration, this year Music Town applauds collaboration and diversity in all its forms.
Taking place April 5-21, artists from across the musical spectrum will gather in Dublin to collaborate and create some unforgettable musical moments. An exciting new addition to the programme this year will see a specially curated programme of events for children, Music Town Jr, run from April 5-12, encouraging music lovers of all ages to take part.
This year, audiences can look forward to:
- A very special evening of collaborations with Damien Dempsey and guests marking his recent album Union,
- A unique presentation based on a suite of poems by Dermot Bolger which depicts many 20th century traditional Irish musicians, My Father’s Kind, from Macdara Yeates, weaves a tapestry of music and words in celebration of a bygone generation of Irish artists.
- The ever intriguing Blindboy podcast live at Vicar Street,
- A one-hour introduction to the Deadly World of Opera from Irish National Opera,
- The Irish premiere of Grey Area a skateboarding film with live original score by the acclaimed Sam Perkin performed by Crash Ensemble, alongside a number of skateboarding events and photography exhibition.
- Contemporary ensembles Glasshouse & Sfiiinx present Songs from Below - a new arrangement of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Orphée.
- A screenwriting workshop with artist / filmmaker Anne Maree Barry inspired by the Music Library, as part of Padraic Moore’s exhibition The Last Great Album of the Decade and accompanying…
- Walking tour with Dónal Fallon that engages with the city’s architectural fabric and encourages consideration of the informal organisations and social structures that emerge around and within music scenes.
- Radiohead Reimagined will see Echo Collective play Amnesiac at the National Concert Hall Studio, and
- Wooden Elephant play Kid A at the Grand Social.
- Nialler9 and Seven Quarters present a 14+ daytime gig on Record Store Day featuring performances from some of Ireland's best new acts. Dublin is Sound has also pressed a limited edition 12” vinyl record to mark the event.
- Under My Garage is presented by Macdara Yeates and will explore the work of acclaimed music video maker Bob Gallagher.
- Junior Spesh returns to MusicTown with Sounds of the Diaspora II and an all ages music workshop earlier that day.
- Powerful young spoken word artist Natalya O’Flaherty brings her show ‘More than Words’ to the Sugar Club with special guests.
- A special double bill with Junior Brother and PowPig to celebrate their forthcoming joint release.
- Music Together present newly composed Trees - with video combining forest sounds and images of trees providing the backdrop.
- A number of events from the Royal Irish Academy of Music including Director’s Choice, Making the Grade: Screening and Masterclass and RIAM Young Scholar’s concert.
- A jam packed MusicTown Jr programme which will include the Big Free Family Gig: Stomptown Brass presented by The Ark in Meeting House Square, Contemporary Music Centre present Our Tunes, a choral walking tour for all the family and their teddies alongside a host of wonderful events from RIAM including Meet the Orchestra, Tales from the Shadows and My First Concert.
Booking for ticketed and free events opens tomorrow Thursday February 7 at 9am.