The Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) will hold a special concert on Sunday, November 10th, 2013, at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. This gathering of top Irish talent comes at the end of a year of archival projects, events and publications that have marked the 25th anniversary of the Archive’s foundation in 1987. With this concert, the Irish Traditional Music Archive will make a public acknowledgement of the significance of live performance to all the Archive’s activities.
A stellar line-up of leading traditional Irish music and dance performers, all of whom have donated their services, will represent different sides of the contemporary music, song and dance tradition.
Artists scheduled to perform include:
Liam O’Flynn, uilleann pipes, Paddy Glackin, fiddle, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, piano & Neil Martin, cello
Matt Molloy, flute & Dónal Lunny, bouzouki
Brooks Academy Set Dancers with Paudie O’Connor, accordion
Sibéal Davitt, stepdancer
Siobhán Armstrong, early Irish harp & Áine Ní Dhroighneáin, singing in Irish
Len Graham, singing in English
Mick O’Brien, uilleann pipes, Emer Mayock, flute & Aoife Ní Bhriain, fiddle
Nicholas Carolan will be MC
The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a national public archive and resource center for the traditional music of Ireland. In its premises at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, it holds the largest collection in existence of the materials of the music – some 100,000 items including sound recordings, books, magazines, sheet music, ballad sheets, photographs, videos, posters, programs, interactive music scores, etc.
The archive also holds the largest collection of information on the music, comprising some 900,000 content items of information held on computer. The collections are freely available daily to the general public for listening, viewing and study. ITMA is also a publisher of books and audiovisual materials, and it increasing makes online digitized materials and information freely available worldwide through its Online Catalog and Digital Library at www.itma.ie.
The Irish Traditional Music Archive engages in partnerships with many other bodies, particularly with the national broadcasters RTÉ and TG4. ITMA is funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon / The Arts Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and its support group Friends of the Archive, and by hundreds of private donors of material and information.
Tickets are €30 with concessions at €25. They are available only from the Abbey Theatre box office at 01-87 87 222 or at www.abbeytheatre.ie