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…

100 fiddles, 55° north

The North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, NAFCO, was held in Derry in 2012 and I was commissioned to write a piece for 100 young fiddle-players from Nova Scotia, Sweden, Shetland, Orkney, mainland Scotland and from all over Ireland. The end product was a four-movement, fifteen minute suite, and the performance those young musicians gave still rings…

“this is an Irish dance”

Tuesday, November 17 – Saturday, November 21 at Danspace Project, 131 East 10th Street. The world premier of celebrated dancer/choreographer/GIH faculty member Jean Butler’s new duet, this is an Irish dance, created with Belfast-based cellist Neil Martin in co-presentation of Danspace Project, Irish Arts Center, and Project Arts Centre, Dublin, unearths this iconic artist’s roots by…