Sunday 10th November, from the Music at The Museum concert series
Music at the Museum presented Luka Bloom in the final lunchtime concert for 2013 on Sunday 10th November at 12.30pm. A singer and songwriter whose music is defined by passion, lyricism, and a respect of tradition coupled with a willingness to defy expectations, Luka Bloom is one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists.
With a poets heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists, having produced 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do, and the 2012/13 Heartman Tour proves he is still making provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul and pulls out the nuggets and puts them in a song. Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, or even Doolin.
Luka Bloom writes and performs songs and has done for 4 decades now. For a man of limitless passion for music, change, tradition and its lessons, he says of it all that “It’s all about the Song”.
Photographs by kindest permission of Ciaran Conneely
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Sunday 27th October, from the Music at The Museum Concert Series
Vocalis is a south-east based professional choral ensemble comprising eight singers: Soprano – Roisín Dempsey, Grainne Stafford;
Alto – Jane Kelly, Sandra Wickham; Tenor – Dermot Doyle, Greg Scanlon;
Bass – Eoin Power, John Dempsey with regular piano accompanist Marian Ingoldsby. On this occasion Sarah Busfiled (from National Chamber Choir) was replacing Roisín Dempsey with Billy O’Brien replacing Marian Ingoldsby . The group formed in 2010 and all have extensive national and international performance experience. Members have previously performed with the National Chamber Choir and with Anúna. Last December the group presented a hugely impressive performance of Britten’s, A Ceremony of Carols, at De la Salle College Chapel.
Vocalis is directed by one of Waterford’s longest established choral directors, Kevin O’Carroll. Kevin has directed and recorded choirs in Ireland, Europe and the USA. He is in demand both as a conductor, workshop provider, adjudicator and choral consultant. He also lectures on conducting at a number of third level institutions in Ireland.
The ensemble looked forward to performing at the Medieval Museum in a concert which had promised to entertain with an interesting selection of music to include: Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, Pergolesi’s Magnificat and George Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets.
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Sunday 13th October, from the Music at The Museum Concert Series
Waterford Male Voice Choir was founded in 2001 and since its inception has created quite a stir in music circles in the South East. The idea to set up the choir came about when a few friends, who shared a love of singing, met in a local pub and decided the time was ripe to set up a group. They proceeded to meet on a regular basis and experience singing in a more formal setting. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. From an initial group of just ten members, the choir has grown from strength to strength and now boasts a membership of sixty. The choir performed in two concerts and competed in the New Ross AIMS Festival in its first year.
Since then it has performed in many local concerts including the annual Male Voice Choirs of Waterford Concert, performed with the Garda Band and various visiting international groups and has travelled abroad to perform in festivals in England and Wales. The choir has also had many successes in competitions; with first place in both the Arklow and New Ross Choral festivals. WMVC have participated in and received support from the Waterford City Council & Waterford County Council’s Arts & Cultural events; the re-dedication of the Luke Wadding Memorial & the Tall Ships festival.
Their concert for Music at the Museum was the choir’s first official concert under the direction of recently appointed musical director Cian O’Carroll. The choir look forward to a busy schedule of musical events for the 2013-2014 season with a trip to the National Concert Hall to perform with Paddy Cole to follow their performance at the museum.
Performing also on the 13th were The Sweeney Toddlers barbershop choir. Originally formed in 2002 when four members of Waterford City Choir decided to keep singing over the summer break, they added a fifth member a year later. Their rehearsals consist of having beer and snacks, discussing the issues of the day and occasionally doing some singing. When this happens, they are in a position to be guest artists at concerts in and around Waterford. The group are made up of three O’Carrolls (no relation), one Burke, one Scanlon and no Sweeney’s.
Fadó Productions presented Viking mayhem and madness on Sunday 8th September at Waterford Castle for the recent Nodeland Conference http://www.nodeconf.eu/
Guests, arriving from all over the world, were greeted by Viking warriors holding a shield wall. A torch lit escort to the castle doors provided an atmospheric welcome for both conference delegates and families. Battle reenactments in the courtyard and shenanigans during the banquet ensured great craic for all.
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