Liam Ó Maonlaí and his all-star band are undertaking their first national tour in May! In collaboration with the award winning Tunes in the Church concert series, the band, Ré, will perform seventeen consecutive nights in church venues throughout the country.
Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish) features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper from the esteemed Ó Casaide family, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship (Irish Times ****) and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K), a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group.
Over the past three years the band have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival. They have also toured extensively throughout Europe and have performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York. They received a nomination for best music at the Bessie Awards and the production Rian (comprised of Ré and eight contemporary dancers) received an award for best production.
Ré recorded their debut album live as part of the Tunes in the Church series last July and in December their CD launch concert was sold out at the Unitarian Church, Dublin. Sticking with the church theme, Ré’s May tour will begin their ambitious seventeen night tour at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, and will continue to St. James’ Church, Dingle, to perform at Féile na Bealtaine. From there, the group will perform in churches in Bantry, Killarney, Valentia Island, Galway, Westport, Ennis, Dublin, Hollywood, Kilkenny, Carlingford and Belfast
Speaking about the relevance of the churches on this tour, Ré’s Cormac Begley (concertina) says: “It is a sign of our time that traditional music is welcomed across each church denomination. Playing to an audience in a church, some of which are the oldest and most significant to the history of Ireland, draws on and demands a particular energy… there’s a contemplative and historical presence in these surroundings that tends to elicit a rawness of feeling, a drive and a strong sense of connectedness.”
Published on 16 March 2017