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9th March, 2014, from the Music at The Museum concert series.

Music, Live Events, WaterfordFollowing their widely praised concert Watersong at the museum early last year poet Mark Roper, composer Eric Sweeney and photographer Paddy Dwan made a welcome return on Sunday 9th March. The Backstrand in Concert  featured original music from Eric Sweeney, a slide show of photos by Paddy Dwan and readings by Mark Roper. Images and text were taken from The Backstrand: Tramore’s Open Secret, published by Dwan and Roper in Autumn 2013. The book, acclaimed by Michael Viney in The Irish Times as “deeply lovely”, has proved to be as popular as their previous The River Book (2010). The Backstrand is a tidal lagoon lying behind a stretch of sandhills rising east from the main beach at Tramore. The lagoon is filled and emptied at the eastern end by the Rinnashark channel. Much loved by walkers, fishermen, cocklers and naturalists, the area has a rich and fascinating history. This concert was a journey around the 4 sides of the Backstrand, in image, music and text.  Coincidentally, Tramore woman Grace O’Sullivan, who features in the The Backstrand: Tramore’s Open Secret, lead a guided walk visiting the backstrand area in the afternoon at 3pm.   For updates on this and upcoming events visit www.facebook.com/MusicAtTheMuseum or join our mailing list at musicathemuseum@gmail.com.

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