Refreshing 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music

The Galway Music Residency (GMR) will present another 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of music this spring/summer. This unique set of concerts will feature the Galway ConTempo Quartet and some of Ireland’s best established and emerging musicians.

GMR is delighted to welcome Matthew Berrill, former Artistic Director of the Galway Jazz Festival, as guest curator of 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music this year. Matthew Berrill hails from Headford, where he grew up with a rich musical education, learning various styles of music from his parents. He is a performer and educator, and a member of many ensembles including his own jazz trio with London based musicians Andrew Oliver (piano) and Simon Roth (drums), Ensemble Ériu, ‘Cuar’ and the Irish Memory Orchestra. Having performed in a number of 3 Saturdays: 3 Kinds of Music series over the years, GMR is thrilled to see Matthew in this new role. He has put together a tasting menu of musical treats, from jazz to trad, classical to contemporary, which can be enjoyed on the 24th March, 21st April and 26th May at 11am.

The series moves to its new home The Mick Lally Theatre on Druid Lane this spring. Speaking on the move, Operations Manager of GMR Maeve Bryan said: ‘We’re really excited about hosting this series in the Mick Lally Theatre. This iconic space, which resides at the heart of Galway’s theatre culture, has opened its doors to more music and family-friendly events in recent months and years, and we’re very pleased to be part of this”.

The series’ first concert on 24th March will feature Sinead Hayes, conductor of the Hard Rain Ensemble and talented violinist in her own right. She will be joined by her sister Nuala (flute) and together they will explore pairings of excerpts from Bach’s 2nd partita for solo violin and traditional tunes. Extending the traditional theme, Pádraic Keane (pipes) and Seán Hughes (fiddle), both Galway natives, will treat the audience to a selection of tunes. Pádraic will also join ConTempo to perform Amanda Feery’s Something Like Light But Not, her work for String Quartet and Uilleann Pipes, which was premiered by these five musicians last November as part of GMR’s Music &Musings series. ConTempo will continue the focus on the ‘pipes’ with a performance of Dave Flynn’s The Cranning, an emotive work emulating the sound and feel of this great instrument.

The series continues on 21st April with guest artists Máirtín O’Connor (accordion) and Mike Nielson (guitar), and on 26th May with Shane Mulchrone (banjo) and Paul O’Driscoll (bass/vocals) & Eanna Rider (keys). Supported by NUI Galway, the Arts Council, Galway City and County Councils and GMIT, admission to these events are free, open to all, family friendly and early arrival is recommended. Entry will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Donations are welcome.

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