Tradition Now: Rufous Nightjar

Tradition Now: Rufous Nightjar

Saturday, 18 June 2022, 6.00pm

The friendship and musical collaboration of these three musicians came alive in a golden wave of underground traditional and folk music in Dublin. The three were performers and musicians in their own right and took part in one another’s creative projects over the years. In the summer of 2018, their shared interest in traditional singing led the three to travel across Eastern Europe to learn folk songs. During this trip, they developed an intricate and harmonious dynamic which led them to work together on a collaborative project. Having spent the lockdown composing a number of Cappella songs around the themes of mythology, folklore, landscape, loss and the otherworld, Branwen Kavanagh invited Anna-Mieke Bishop and Zoé Basha to collaborate on arranging the songs for an upcoming album for three voices. After two months of development residencies in county Clare, Killyon Manor (Meath) and Killruddery House (Wicklow), followed by a sold-out Irish tour in 2021, they recorded an album together, to be released later in 2022.

The much-anticipated Tradition Now returns in 2022 with two editions – the first in June. From electronica to dark folk balladry, to trance influenced innovations, the festival shines a light on the new in flourishing traditional music and folk scene.

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