love:live music 2011, Ireland’s National Music Day, takes place on Friday 8th April and is co-ordinated by Music Network in association with RTÉ lyric FM and supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. For the second year running, there will be lots of free live music events in cities and towns across the land as well as two flagship events in Dublin and Limerick, with live broadcasts from these and other events throughout the day on RTÉ lyric fm. With events taking place everywhere from arts centres to libraries to workplaces, everyone is encouraged to get involved to celebrate live music performance of all kinds! To find out about events in your area, or to register your own event, visit www.lovelivemusic.ie or call 01 671 9429.
To celebrate the day Music Network is presenting two headline concerts. The first is at the Belltable in Limerick from 2.30pm. Renowned international artist Camille O’Sullivan will entertain us with her own unique blend of rock and theatre with a nod to German Weimar Kabaret. She will be joined by Gato Azul (Francesco Turrisi, accordion & percussion, Robbis Harris, bodhran, Michael Coady, double bass, Lucas Gonzales, guitar) performing a blend of jazz and world music and the talented sisters, the Cashell Duo (Sophie Cashell, piano and Anna Cashell, violin) performing works by Debussy, John Cage and Lili Boulanger. This concert takes place at Belltable, 69 O’Connell St., Limerick from 2.30-4.00pm on Friday 8th April and will be broadcast live on RTÉ lyric fm’s The John Kelly Ensemble.
The second headline concert is at the Sugar Club in Dublin from 8.30pm, with singer/songwriter Mick Flannery, “a songwriting force to be reckoned with” (The Irish Times). The unique Dublin Guitar Quartet, will play contemporary works by composers such as Philip Glass and exciting new group, The Listeners, led by multi-instrumentalist Emer Mayock, will be representing the best of the traditional music scene. Finally, award-winning pianist Michael McHale completes the line-up in spectacular style, playing Beethoven and Rachmaninov. This concert takes place at the Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, D.2 from 8.30pm-10.30pm on Friday 8th April. For those that can’t make it, the concert can be heard live on RTÉ lyric fm’s The Blue of the Night.
Both concerts in Limerick and Dublin are free but ticketed. Call 01 671 9429 or email email@example.com to book your place at either of these events.
The response to this year’s love:live music from performers across the country has been fantastic and with over ninety live music events already lined up in villages, towns and cities across the country, more events are being registered every day. There is an electric mix of events, from barbershop choirs in Sligo to rap and rock in the youth centre in Finglas; In Cavan, the African Caribbean Forum are having a celebration of diverse musical cultures; there will be solo recitals from the likes of Annette Cleary in Greystones and Redmond O’Toole in Meath as well as large ensembles like the Singing Flash Mob in Laois; traditional music will be plentiful with performances at the Coleman Traditional Music Centre in Gurteen and the Skerries Trad Music Weekend amongst others; there’s no shortage of jazz and rock concerts in Sligo with live jazz at the Osta Café, guitarist and singer Ricky McDowell with his band, and acoustic guitar band Tucan with their eclectic rock influenced style; last but not least the contemporary music sector has pulled out all the stops with a performance by CoMA Limerick at the Hunt Museum in Limerick and several performances happening at the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin.