Buile Shuibne: David Power (uilleann pipes), Eamon Hunt and the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet

Buile Shuibne: David Power (uilleann pipes), Eamon Hunt and the RTÉ ConTempo Quartet

Saturday, 28 September 2019, 1.00pm

Music commissioned by David Power and written and arranged by Dana Lyn for String Quartet and Uilleann pipes with the support of the Arts Council. Performed by the ConTempo Quartet, Eamon Hunt and David Power.

PRELUDE Rosc Catha na Mumhan
MOVEMENT I King Suibhne attacks the Cleric
MOVEMENT II The Otter brings back the Psalter intact
MOVEMENT III The Cleric curses King Suibhne
MOVEMENT IV King Suibhne Goes mad in Battle
MOVEMENT V The Flight of Suibhne
MOVEMENT VI Suibhne gets wounded by Thorns
MOVEMENT VII The Death of Sweeney
MUSIC Sliabh na mBan


Buile Suibhne Video Movement 6 excerpt


Toner Quinn 1

Why I gave the above rating: 

A new work by US composer Dan Lyn for uilleann pipes, string quartet and narrator. Commissioned by the piper David Power, who performed it here with ConTempo and Eamon Hunt.

I’m a great admirer of Power’s playing. He’s an expert slow air player and there’s incredible rhythm in his tune playing. In recent years, he has engaged in a number of adventurous works, with composers Linda Buckley and Kevin Volans.

Buile Shuibhne makes use of some really creative string writing from Lyn combined with regular ostinatos and slow, complex melodies for the pipes. It’s in several movements, has a dark narrative, which Hunt provides between each movement, and builds to an intense section towards the end, before fading again with the fortunes of the mad King Sweeney after whom the work is named.

There’s one more performance of the work this year, taking place at the William Kennedy Piping Festival on 16 November. http://www.armaghpipers.com/wkpf/events.html

A well attended lunchtime concert at Clifden Arts Festival.

Oct 30, 2019

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