Tradition Now – West Ocean String Quartet

The West Ocean String Quartet is beyond delighted to share with you that on Sunday 25th October we will give a livestreamed concert from the NCH in Dublin, part of the Tradition Now weekend. Oh to be making music again. More details to follow over the next few days…. https://link.dice.fm/qrXfQTPocab Tickets for the stream are available exclusively via DICE.fm            Tickets: €10.…

St Patrick’s Weekend

A busy, challenging and rewarding St Patrick’s Weekend  lies ahead – on Saturday in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, The Gloaming’s Iarla Ó Lionáird accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra under David Brophy will sing a few sections from Sweeney, a setting for solo traditional singer, narrator and orchestra of Seamus Heaney’s Sweeney Astray that I…

Neil’s End of Year Blog 2018

May you all be well as another year closes. I enjoy reflecting on the previous twelve months at this stage – a reminder, a breather. 2018 has been a year of extremes – of great rewards and great loss. It started with the RTE commission to set Seamus Heaney’s “Sweeney Astray” for singer Iarla Ó…

Neil Martin – Sweeney Programme Notes

Upcoming concert – St Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2018, 8.00pm National Concert Hall, Dublin Iarla Ó Lionáird, Stephen Rea, David Brophy, RTÉ Concert Orchestra The world premiere of Sweeney, an orchestral song cycle based on Seamus Heaney’s Sweeney Astray, featuring singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and narrator Stephen Rea. Also on the programme is Ossa, a choral…

Neil Martin – OSSA Programme Note

Upcoming concert – St Patrick’s Day, March 17th 2018, 8.00pm National Concert Hall, Dublin Iarla Ó Lionáird, Stephen Rea, David Brophy, RTÉ Concert Orchestra The world premiere of Sweeney, an orchestral song cycle based on Seamus Heaney’s Sweeney Astray, featuring singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and narrator Stephen Rea. Also on the programme is Ossa, a choral…

A quare year of it

Six world premieres in twelve months: four orchestral, one dance, one words and music. It’s been a busy year & I’ve gotten to collaborate with truly outstanding artists along the way. It all began with Jean Butler & myself opening our duet this is an Irish dance to a sell-out run in Danspace, NYC last…

This last six months

What an extraordinary year this has been so far. Excuse me not having kept the news up-to-date on a regular basis – there simply hasn’t been time. So, the family headed to the incomparable Cruit Island off the Donegal coast for Christmas. I did take Christmas day off, but continued working on the opera whilst…