Open 10:30–5:00, Tuesday – Saturday
Boyne Trad Fest presents a Culture Night performance of the best in contemporary trad within Highlanes Gallery.
Set within Niamh McGuinne’s major solo exhibition, Carapace, we welcome Boyne Tradfest’s Traditional Irish Music Recital with Fergus Mc Gorman (Flute), Ruairí Mc Gorman (Fiddle & Greek Bouzouki) & Patrick O’Loughlin (Button Accordion).
In Carapace, McGuinne brings together sculpture, print and film which all look at the need for self-preservation, to listen to yourself and learn to read the signs your body is trying to show you. Scale and material are explored and reinterpreted with numerous references to myth and storytelling.
Partially seated, partially standing. Limited capacity. Booking essential.
Flautist Fergus Mc Gorman is from Ratoath, Co.Meath and was born into a great musical family. He is a tutor at many music festivals in Ireland and abroad. Fergus has listened extensively to traditional music all his life and is forging a reputation as one of the foremost players of his generation. The playing of Séamus Tansey, Matt Molloy and the Tin whistle player Jim Donoghue has influenced Fergus’s playing style greatly. Fergus released his debut solo album ‘Sweeping the Cobwebs Out of the Sky’ in 2017 to widespread acclaim.
Patrick O’Loughlin is a traditional musician from Batterstown Co Meath and his free flowing style of music is bedded in his Clare roots. As a musician his playing is quite unique as you can hear the intricate finger-work of Finbar Dwyer and the soulful melodic sounds from Joe Cooley. These are influences, but his style of playing is distinctive in its own right, full of rhythm and musicality and combines in equal measure beautiful music to listen and dance to. His playing is controlled and structured and he is one of the stars of his generation of music makers. His accordion playing is a joy to behold and he ranks in equal measure to the greats of this and any other era. He is a musician’s musician.
Ruairí McGorman is an established Greek bouzouki, guitar and fiddle player, who is high demand as an accompanist. He is greatly influenced by the traditional music scene of the 1970s, most significantly De Danann and the music of Alec Finn. Ruairí has played and taught music all over the world; in 2009 he moved to Australia where he taught traditional music for ‘The Gaelic Club’ in Sydney and performed at various festivals including The National Folk Festival in Canberra and Ceol Aneas in Nelson, New Zealand; he has toured the US extensively; in 2014 he toured Germany with traditional group Mórga, and has continued to accompany other musicians since, such as Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, De Danann, Jack Talty, and many more. Ruairí can be heard on numerous recordings with Aidan Connolly, Jack Talty, Dan Brouder & Angelina Carberry, John Blake, and many more.