Martin Tourish to Premiere New Work at Irish Arts Festival in Catalonia

Martin Tourish

Martin Tourish to Premiere New Work at Irish Arts Festival in Catalonia

Sitges Live '19 features Irish artists such as Cathy Jordan, Richie Buckley, Mossie Martin, No Crows, Dermot Dunne and John Sheahan, and Catalan musicians Joan Pinós, Enric Montsant and Anais Falcó; plus over two hundred music students from Ireland.

Accordionist and composer Martin Tourish will give the premiere of a new work for tape and traditional music orchestra in Catalonia this weekend. The performance is part of the Sitges Live ‘19 festival, which takes place in the coastal town of Sitges, south-west of Barcelona.

This is the seventh year of the event, which was founded by Caroline Wynne of the arts events company Artscope. The festival takes place from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 October.

Tourish’s new work, a commission by the festival, is called The Colour of Warmth. Based on an exploration of Catalan culture, it uses recordings from workshop improvisations (with students of Music Generation Carlow and Waterford) overlaid with the voice of Vincent Woods reading poems by Pearse Hutchinson. The work will be premiered on Saturday 26th at the Teatro El Prado.

Another work by Tourish, Visions and Voices, will also be performed in the same concert. Commissioned by Music Generation Laois, it was written with young musicians from the Music Generation Laois Trad Orchestra. Tourish will perform a number of other times over the weekend, including in a concert with classical accordionist Dermot Dunne and with harper Cormac de Barra.

Concerts and workshops
Over two hundred music students from Ireland will attend Sitges Live ‘19 and take part in performances and workshops. The students are from Music Generation in Carlow, Laois, Waterford and Wicklow, TAP (Traditional Arts Partnership) in Armagh, Bray Comhaltas, Beaumont Comhaltas, Craobh Phiarais in Monkstown, and Ossia Youth Choir (Clontarf).

Also performing at the festival are singer-songwriter Paddy Casey, Dubliners fiddle-player John Sheahan, Sligo group No Crows (with guests Cathy Jordan and Tourish), saxophonist Richie Buckley, singer-songwriter Saoirse Casey, and The Carbonell Sisters with William Ryan. Catalan musician Joan Pinós and Old Folcs will also perform, and Enric Montsant who plays the traditional instrument the gralla will give a concert with violinist David Lombardi and percussionist Lluís Molas on Sunday.

There will also be garden concerts, workshops, and on Saturday at the Teatro El Prado the world premiere of a new dance show called Call to the Dance featuring James Mahon from Kíla on pipes, percussionist Brian Fleming, and dancers James Greenan, Zoe Talbot, Sibéal Davitt and Tura Aurtura from Zimbabwe. Call to the Dance is curated by Catherine Young.

On Friday, fiddle-player Mossie Martin will launch his new CDThe Humours of Derrynacoosan.

For further details on Sitges Live ‘19, download the programme below or visit

This preview is supported by Creative Connexions.


Published on 22 October 2019


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