In association with Craobh na Mara CCÉ Balbriggan and The Irish Institute of Music & Song we are thrilled to announce a concert performance by two of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians & singers, Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr as part of the Dublin Fleadh Cheoil.
Venue: Square @ The Irish Institute of Music & Song
Date: Saturday May 13th
Recently named Amhránaí na Bliana (Singer of the Year) in the prestigious TG4 Gradam Ceoil, Síle Denvir is a sean-nós singer and harpist who is deeply influenced by her upbringing in the west of Ireland Connemara Gaeltacht. She has toured previously with The Chieftains as well singing as part of Mícheál Ó Suilleabháin’s composition Fill Arís with Iarla Ó Lionáird, Lillis Ó Laoire and The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and possesses an ability to make the local global through her ethereal performance style. Her most recent album ‘Anamnesis’ – recorded and produced by John Reynolds (Damien Dempsey, Sinéad O’Connor) – showcases her unique talents and presents songs rooted in an old bardic tradition, telling stories of the eternal human condition – tales of love, loss, life, humour, tragedy, and everything in between.
Originally from the southern shores of Lough Neagh in County Armagh but now living and working in Connemara, Co. Galway, Barry Kerr is one of Ireland’s most accomplished artists. He has toured the world as a solo artist and has been equally at home sharing the stage in the company of other artists including Steve Cooney, Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlis, Lumiere and Dervish. Renowned folk acts such as Karan Casey, Flook, Jiggy, Beoga, Brian Finnegan, Damian O’Kane and Kate Rusby include his compositions in their tour repertoires.
He has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, from Radio City Music Hall in New York to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and has multiple arena tours under his belt. He performed as principal uilleann piper on a symphony orchestra tour of the United States with Celtic Thunder under the direction of conductor David Brophy.
Currently Artist-in-Residence at UCC, Barry’s previous works include; Cairn (2020) a result of being awarded the Liam O’Flynn Award from The National Concert Hall and the Arts Council in March 2020, Castor Bay (2018) a duet album of traditional song, flute, uilleann pipes and fiddle music with his sister Laura Kerr and guitarist Donogh Hennessy; Boy in a Boat (2015) a collection of original songs; CEATHAIR and Continuum an exploration of the concept of relating visual art with musical performance, storytelling and composition.