Just Announced: Patrick Dexter and Alannah Thornburgh In Concert

Globally-renowned cellist Patrick Dexter and award-winning harpist Alannah Thornburgh will perform Saturday 4th February 2023. In honour of the first bank holiday to mark St Brigid's Day...

Globally-renowned cellist Patrick Dexter and award-winning harpist Alannah Thornburgh join together for a unique evening of enchanting string music. Brought together by their shared love of the Mayo landscape and its powerful influence on their music, Patrick and Alannah’s perform a unique blend of instrumental folk, classical and original compositions, including a premiere of new music on the night. 

Patrick’s recent meteoric rise to international fame came during the pandemic when his performances, filmed at his picturesque cottage overlooking the beautiful Mayo landscape, were viewed tens of millions of times online. His debut album, Solace, released in April 2022, reached No. 15 in the US and Canadian charts for Classical-crossover albums and his playing has been described as “Incredible, tender, powerful, raw, passionate, sensual, just perfect!”

-Oscar winner Markéta Irglová

Alannah Thornburgh, a Swinford native, is quickly becoming one of the county’s top harpists in the Irish traditional and folk scenes. I her harp playing, a cross-genre interaction and juxtaposition of old melodies with contemporary harmonies and technique is interwoven. described as ‘unforced, fluid and utterly at home in her own sound’ (The Irish Times). Alannah has recently been nominated for two awards at the 2022 and 2021 RTE Folk Awards - Best Emerging Artist and Best Folk Instrumentalist. 

An evening of reimagined ancient Irish airs, unique arrangements of classical pieces and new music by two of Ireland’s rising stars of instrumental string music.

“Like falling rain or like the south wind itself, Patrick Dexter‘s cello is a direct invitational voice, asking us to leave the stressed periphery and drop down, to some inner water’s edge of listening, and to drink thankfully, from that deeper well.” Best selling author DAVID WHYTE

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