The Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) Letterkenny has four fantastic free concerts as part of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) this weekend that are suitable for people of all ages and are completely free of charge.
Women of the Fiddle Day on Friday, June 29th
This Friday June 29th the RCC hosts the Women of the Fiddle Day, showcasing some of the best women traditional fiddle players in the world. It kicks off at 1.15pm with an incredible lunchtime concert featuring two of Ireland’s leading fiddlers, Nollaig Casey accompanied by husband Arty McGlynn on guitar and Zoe Conway. Nollaig and Arty, one of the most sought after acts in traditional Irish music for over two decades, are an incredible live duo. Zoe Conway effortlessly combines traditional and classical music and has toured all over the world. She has appeared in some of the world’s leading concert halls and performed with the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriella, Damien Rice, Nick Cave and Lou Reed. The second great event on Friday afternoon is Mary Anne Kennedy from BBC NI In Conversation with the String Sisters at 4pm. Acclaimed the world over, the String Sisters feature some of the most highly regarded women in traditional music from around the North Atlantic. The line-up includes the three Liz’s – Liz Carroll from Chicago, Liz Doherty from Buncrana and Liz Knowles from St. Louis, and Catriona MacDonald from Shetland, Annbjorg Lien from Norway and Sweden’s Emma Hardelin.
Canada Day on Sunday, July 1st
The RCC has two more great free NAFCo events to celebrate Canada Day on Sunday July 1st. At 1.15pm there is a wonderful lunchtime concert, featuring Winnipeg’s Bluegrass girl band Oh My Darling and the Pierre Schryer Trio from Ontario. With a sweet name and even sweeter sound, Oh My Darling conjures up the right mix of emotion and elation with their unique brand of country. Infused with dynamic vocals, brilliant claw-hammer banjo, inspired fiddling, and grooving bass, their music will get your hips swinging, toes tapping, and put your heart right into their hands. Pierre Schryer Trio is the collaboration of three stunning musicians incorporating elements of Classical, and World Music and the Celtic fiddle styles of Scotland, Ireland and Canada. As a solo performer Pierre has received numerous awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion.
Music Makers on Sunday, July 1st.
The last of the four fantastic free fiddle events is The Music Makers at 4pm on Sunday July 1st. It combines award-winning film of instrument makers who carve, plane, and glue with skill while their instruments are played live in concert by leading Irish musicians Julie Langan, Finbarr Naughton, Brian Lofthouse and John Butler. The Music Makers is a visually and aurally stunning celebration of instrument and music making. It provides a chance for audiences to see the inner workings of instrument makers’ workshops, gives a great insight into the skill involved in bringing an instrument into being and is a truly wonderful live music gig.
All events are completely free of charge but places are limited and booking is advisable in order to guarantee a seat. Please telephone the RCC on 074 91 29186 to book.