The Linenhall Arts Center is excited to announce that it is presenting New Music of Mayo, an exciting new commission project from some of Mayo’s top artists.
Curated by musician Emer Mayock, this musical series features newly composed music, song, dance and poetry from a selection of 15 of Co. Mayo’s best traditional artists. The series will be broadcast in five episodes via the Linenhall online platform and three artists will be featured per episode.
“I am delighted that the Linenhall Arts Center has given me the opportunity to contact a wide range of traditional Mayo artists and invite them to engage in the creative process of composition. This is a historic series that represents the rich and varied traditional arts of this county and I have no doubt that it will be extremely rewarding for the audience and the traditional arts of Mayo, ”Emer Mayock says of the project.
The Music of Mayo project was born out of a three-month artist residency with Mayock at the Linenhall Arts Center in the fall and winter of 2017 and 2018. The residency celebrated traditional music in Mayo and in particular the compositions of Mayo musicians and singers of the past. , present and future. It combined documentary and field research, as well as music sharing, songwriting, recording and workshops, and the result was a unique digital resource of notated songs and melodies, a CD recording and a concert. featuring some of Mayo’s traditional music leaders. at Linenhall
The Linenhall partnered with the Music of Mayo project again in May 2020, celebrating and associated with traditional county music. The theme of the performances was Mayo’s music represented through musical style, compositions, and repertoire, featuring tunes that have survived through the generations of Mayo to the present day.
The project is now revisited once more in 2021, this time with a focus on newly commissioned works by traditional artists from across the county, including the three Gaeltacht regions, as well as a specially commissioned poem that renders homage to our cultural heritage. The featured artists are: Alannah Thornburgh; David Doocey; Cafferkey; Eadaoin Ní Mhaicín; Fiachna Ó Mongáin; Ger Reidy; Holly Geraghty; Jillian O’Malley; Joe Carey; John Hoban; John Twin McNamara; Liam Scanlon; Mary Staunton and Jerry Mulvihill; Stephen Doherty; Tim McHugh.
“We feel very privileged to be surrounded by such talented artists in the county and to have some of Ireland’s best traditional musicians based in Mayo,” says Linenhall manager Bernadette Greenan. “We are especially happy to be working again with Emer to support and present the work of Mayo artists to our audience through online platforms, until we can reopen our doors.”
Tickets for all five episodes are € 15 and the first episode of the series will start on Thursday June 10, until Thursday July 8. A new episode will be released each week and ticket holders will have until the end of July to access the series online.