Zoe and John return with concert series

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Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre are delighted to announce the return of their concert series for July and August for the fifth year running after a sold out run last year.

Carlingford Heritage Centre, located in the breathtaking St. Micheal’s Holy Trinity Church at the heart of the medieval town has proved to be a wonderful setting for these concerts, with the ambience of the church complimenting the acoustic fiddle and guitar performances beautifully. The series is kindly supported by Louth County Council.

The Sunday concerts are one hour long, from 4-5pm, allowing people the freedom to explore the villages many other attractions.

Tickets are on sale now at €10/€6 concessions and are available from The Heritage Centre on 042-9373454. Matthews Coaches are running coaches to all concerts and can be contacted at 042-9378188 for further details.

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë and John bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new.

The husband and wife folk duo possess a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments.

Each concert consists of a 40 minute performance from Zoe and John culminating in a 20 minute collaboration with a guest artist. This year the guest artists are 20 July, trad Irish harper Michelle Mulcahy, 27 July classical guitarist Pat Coldrick, 3 August trad Irish singer Padraigin Ni Uallachain, 10 August Riverdance lead dancer Siobhan Manson, 17 August singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, 24 August accordinist Mairtin O’Connor and 31 August fiddler, poet and Dubliner John Sheahan.

Zoë, no stranger to the stage, has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Riverdance, Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella to mention but a few. In contrast to this, Zoe has been an important figure within classical music circles in Ireland, as her crossover discipline has allowed her the pleasure of appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German WDR Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include works composed for her by world renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.

Meanwhile John began his career on a very different course, as electric guitarist with indie band, The Revs. Through this he has also known the privilege of performing on many famous stages and festivals across the globe. John studied classical guitar as a teenager, and has a strong background in traditional music, having spent many summers in south west Donegal.

The recent release of their critically acclaimed album entitled Go Mairir I Bhfad_Long Life To You has brought international attention to the duo, and they are increasingly in demand in Ireland and abroad. Don’t miss an opportunity to see them perform an intimate, acoustic set.


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