September 5, 2011

Dave Flynn News Update

This September is a busy one for Dave, it includes performances of his music by Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Dave performing at the Clonakilty Guitar Festival and in Estonia!

Irish Tour with Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and the Irish Chamber Orchestra

Following the great success of Dave’s collaboration with Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at a packed National Concert Hall last November, Dave, Martin and Dennis are collaborating again, this time with the internationally renowned Irish Chamber Orchestra.

This is a special 5 date ICO tour of Ireland which promises to be really special. Concerts take place in University Concert Hall, Limerick (8th), Dublin’s RDS (10th), Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim (15th), Clifden Arts Week (16th) and Sligo Model Arts Centre (17th).

Dave’s suite for fiddle, violin, guitar and string orchestra ‘Music for the Departed’, described by the Irish Examiner USA as ‘a magnificent new work’, is the main piece in the programme. The programme also features a new collaborative arrangement between Martin, Dennis and Dave called ‘An Irish Farrago – From O’Carolan to Ó Ríada’. For this piece Dave has orchestrated a suite of traditional Irish tunes as arranged by Hayes and Cahill. The arrangement was commissioned by the Irish Chamber Orchestra through the Arts Council of Ireland’s Traditional Arts Commission Awards.

Full details of the tour can be found on the Irish Chamber Orchestra website

Clonakilty Guitar Festival 17th September

Dave will be performing at the Clonakilty Guitar Festival in Cork with the Cosmopolitan Guitar Quartet which he recently co-founded with the great guitarists Hugh Buckley, John Feeley and Niwel Tsumbu.

The Cosmopolitan Guitar Quartet is a unique new group which brings together classical, folk, jazz and African guitar styles in a fascinating new synthesis. The group made its very well received debut in April at the Inishowen Guitar Festival in Donegal.

Their latest performance takes place on 17th September at the Parish Hall in Clonakilty during the fantastic Clonakilty Guitar Festival.

Please visit for more info.

Trip to Estonia

Between 23rd and 25th September Dave will be visiting his friends Janne and Jusse Suits in Estonia where he will be performing and giving workshops alongside the flautist Eileen Hassett, dancer and banjo player Fidelma O’Brien and the internationally renowned Uilleann Piper Mick O’Brien.

They will give performances and workshops in Viljandi at the Estonian Traditional Music Center and at the Academy of Music there. They will also perform a pub session in Parnu.

Please visit for more info.

These events are made possible thanks to the generous support of Culture Ireland and the Embassy of Ireland in Estonia.

Masters of Tradition Festival Success

Speaking of Mick O’Brien, we’re pleased to report that Mick played a huge part in the great success of a special concert of Dave’s music at West Cork Music’s Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry, Co. Cork on 11th August.

The concert showcased the world premieres of five new compositions that Dave composed especially for traditional Irish musicians.

Mick’s super-talented fiddle playing daughter Aoife O’Brien also performed alongside the brilliant multi-instrumentalist Harry Bradley and the innovative, enigmatic fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh.

The concert was very warmly received with a standing ovation at the end from the large audience at St. Brendan’s Church.

Paul Keating of the US newspaper the Irish Voice was in attendance and he had some very kind words to say about the concert.

‘‘I arrived on the Thursday in time to see a world premiere of new music composed by David Flynn, a multi-faceted guitar player and composer born in Dublin whose crossover work in classical and traditional genres would seem a natural fit for this festival.

Under a DEIS-funded scheme to create new music granted in 2008, Flynn worked to brilliant effect with piper O’Brien and his daughter Aoife (fiddle), Belfast flute player Harry Bradley and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh bringing Flynn’s compositions to life.

The music performed gave a cutting edge quality that also proved challenging to the musicians and entertaining to the audience who responded to their efforts with a standing ovation at its conclusion.

As Hayes told me a few days later, “Sometimes you simply have to trust a composer like David Flynn and the artists he created the music for, and also the audience too because you can’t control everything. I was very pleased with the results.”

Many thanks to Paul for that great review, to Martin Hayes for programming the concert, all at West Cork Music for organising such a great festival, the Arts Council of Ireland’s Deis Scheme and Galway County Council for supporting the composition work, the great audience for being so open minded and appreciative to the new music and most of all thanks to Aoife, Caoimhín, Harry and Mick for dedicating so much time to learning the music and for performing so brilliantly!

Hopefully more festivals and promoters will programme the music in the future and who knows, a recording could be on the cards.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Dave and Eileen Hassett recently returned from giving their debut performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They really enjoyed performing at St. Mark’s Artspace and the Acoustic Music Center and particularly enjoyed performing with the great classical flautist Aisling Agnew and Elsa Jean McTaggart.

They also took in some great shows at the Fringe including an incredible concert by Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar. At 91 the great sitar master is an inspiration to us all, he even inspired Dave to compose a new work, entitled An Irish Raga, especially for his Fringe Festival performances.

Dave also enjoyed attending a great concert by US supergroup The National and a stunning morning raga recital by the master of the Indian sarod Amjan Ali Khan.

That’s it for this news update. Hope to see you at one of Dave’s September 2011 events.


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