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Saturday 8 April

Liam Ó Maonlaí and his all-star band are undertaking their first national tour in May! In collaboration with the award winning Tunes in the Church concert series, the band, , will perform seventeen consecutive nights in church venues throughout the country.

Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish) features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper from the esteemed Ó Casaide family, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship (Irish Times ****) and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K), a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group.

Over the past three years the band have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival. They have also toured extensively throughout Europe and have performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York. They received a nomination for best music at the Bessie Awards and the production Rian (comprised of Ré and eight contemporary dancers) received an award for best production.

Ré recorded their debut album live as part of the Tunes in the Church series last July and in December their CD launch concert was sold out at the Unitarian Church, Dublin. Sticking with the church theme, Ré’s May tour will begin their ambitious seventeen night tour at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, and will continue to St. James’ Church, Dingle, to perform at Féile na Bealtaine. From there, the group will perform in churches in Bantry, Killarney, Valentia Island, Galway, Westport, Ennis, Dublin, Hollywood, Kilkenny, Carlingford and Belfast.

Speaking about the relevance of the churches on this tour, Ré’s Cormac Begley (concertina) says: “It is a sign of our time that traditional music is welcomed across each church denomination. Playing to an audience in a church, some of which are the oldest and most significant to the history of Ireland, draws on and demands a particular energy… there’s a contemplative and historical presence in these surroundings that tends to elicit a rawness of feeling, a drive and a strong sense of connectedness.”

This band reflects an incredible array of talent: Three song writers (with one original work each on the CD); three very different singers (one track featuring all five voices); a wide range of instruments, including pipes, tin whistle, fiddle, piano, bodhrán, bouzouki, guitar, and the full spectrum of concertinas from bass to piccolo; a variety of music from traditional tunes to traditional and non traditional songs. As Ré’s Eithne Ní Chatháin (fiddle, voice) says: “We share a very rich common well of music and dip into it differently each time we play. We have also got to know each other so well over three years playing together and travelling the world, we could just keep going for days and nights.”

Ó Maonlaí speaking about the band says: “I feel happy to have been a catalyst in bringing them together. What unites us is our need to participate in this music. A need that is something that defines us as a culture…a need to be a certain way. A need to play but also to stand back and experience the sound of the collective.” Speaking about the tour and the importance of this music, Liam says: “The concert for me provides a space to remember the greats who went before us and to re-evoke the great nights of warmth and mirth that are what sustain us through the ups and downs of collective existence. Through music our literal mind is allowed rest and our soul can take stock. Like bees have to make honey or like birds have to sing, whether we know it or not, this music sustains our collective spirit and connects us with people the world over.”

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