Burren Summer Festival

Burren Summer Festival

Thursday, 25 August 2016, 7.30pm to Sunday, 28 August 2016, 10.00pm

The Burren Summer Festival of Memorised Music runs from 25th-28th August 2016 in Ballyvaughan, Clare with an exciting line-up of some of Ireland’s finest composers and musicians.

This year’s theme ‘Composing a New Island’ reflects the festival’s focus on 21st Century Irish Composers across the genres of traditional and classical music and everything in between.

Featured composers who will be appearing as performers include Mairtín O’Connor, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Benjamin Dwyer, Vyvienne Long, Neil O’Loghlen, Eimear McGeown and festival Artistic Director Dave Flynn, whose Irish Memory Orchestra are the featured ensemble at the festival.

Young Irish composer/vocalist Siobhra Quinlan will also perform the world premiere of a new work for voice and electronics based on W.B. Yeats’ poem ‘That Crazy Girl’ during the New Music Marathon at the Burren College of Art on 28th August.

Programme details below

HEADLINE EVENT Sat 27th August 8pm
St. John the Baptist Church, Ballyvaughan.

Mairtín O’Connor, Dave Flynn & the Irish Memory Orchestra performing music by Dave Flynn and Mairtin O’Connor. Conducted by Bjorn Bantock. €20 (€10 children under 16), €50 family tickets 2 adults & 2 children)

OPENING GALA CONCERT Thurs 25th August 7.3o pm St Johns Community Hall, Ballyvaughan

Chris Droney & family join members of The Irish Memory Orchestra.  Featured acts
Cuar - (Neil O’Loghlen, Aoife Ní Bhriain & Matt Berrill)
Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Eimear McGeown & Cormac Ó Broin; Aisling Agnew, Bjorn Bantock & Dave Flynn
Róisin Donohoe & Ciara Ní Bhriain


Friday 26th August - 7pm – Ballyvaughan Main St. –
Summer Barbeque Party with D.F.F.  www.dffmusic.com

‘A true melting pot of music, DFF is a new supergroup marking the point where everything from chamber pop and Irish trad to the influence of Congolese “guitar sorcerer” Franco converge in glorious sound.’ - Hot Press

Friday 26th August - 10 p.m. - Greene’s Bar
Super Céilí with Peter Staunton & Niamh Varian-Barry

The first act to mine the synergy between Irish dance tunes and electronic dance music. A late-night, high-energy dance event. The SUPER CÉILÍ show features live traditional musicians playing along with the beats, synths and loops of a dance music DJ.www.superceili.com


Saturday 27th August - 1pm Burren College of Art

Stories from the Old World Irish Literature themed event featuring composers
Vyvienne Long, Dave Flynn & Anne-Marie O’Farrell
performing their music with
Brendan Begley, Mick O’Brien, Eimear McGeown, Róisín Donohoe and The Memory Quartet (Aoife Ní Bhriain, Niamh Varian-Barry, Ciara Ní Bhriain & Cormac Ó Broin).


Sunday 28th August 2pm-10pm
Burren College of Art & more venues TBC
Free Admission

‘Composing a New Island’ - New Music Marathon

A day of 21st Century Irish compositions across the genres of classical, traditional and jazz. Confirmed composers/performers appearing are Benjamin Dwyer (guitar), Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp), Siobhra Quinlan (voice), Sinéad Finegan (composer), Matthew Berrill (clarinet/sax), Liz Coleman (fiddle), Neil O’Loghlen (bass/flute), Etain McCooey (oboe), Aisling Agnew (flute) and Dave Flynn (guitar). Other composers whose works will feature include Eibhlís Farrell, Peter Moran, Judith Ring, John McLachlan, David Bremner and Martin O’Leary. Full list of composers and performers will be available soon!

Special Pre-Festival Event
Wednesday 24th August - L’Arco Italian Restaurant,

Italian Jazz Dinner
with the Memory Orchestra Jazz Band
Matt Berrill, Alex Borwick, Neil O’Loghlen & Aidan Dunphy

Please contact L’Arco on +353 65 708 3900 to book this event


Published on 10 August 2016

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