CIT CSM perform in opening concert for 2018 Cork Folk Festival

04 October, 2018

Best of Luck to all the CITCSM staff and alumni performing in this fascinating concert as part of the Cork Folk Festival.

The Casey Sisters - Corcach: A Journey

Wednesday 3rd October 8pm

St Finn Barres Cathedral Corcach

A Journey Première of a new composition from Bandon’s Casey Sisters, specially-commissioned by the Cork Folk Festival for its 40th anniversary. Corcach Mór na Mumhan, or the Great Marsh of Munster, gave Cork its name. Corcach is a collection of original music inspired by the city’s colourful history, from its 7th century monastic origins through to its vibrant present: a mix of atmospheric airs, evocative songs - beautiful old Cork poems set to new melodies - and spirited dance music.

Featuring Nollaig Casey (fiddle and vocals), Máire Ní Chathasaigh (harp), Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh (fiddle and vocals) and some of Cork’s finest musicians: Eoin Ó Riabhaigh (uilleann pipes); Johnny McCarthy (flutes); Eithne Willis (violin and viola); and Joan Scannell (cello).

The Casey Sisters (Harp & 2 fiddles)

These three sisters grew up in a West Cork household steeped in traditional music and song. Having carved very different careers, they have come together to record what is, astonishingly, their first CD together, Sibling Revelry. For this special project, they mine the musical riches of their family, neighbourhood, county and country, while at the same time creating new melodies from the same deep source and a unique and heartfelt sound.

Eoin O Riabhaigh (pipes) is a piper and pipemaker; he is the son of the late Cork piper and teacher, Micheál O Riabhaigh. He began his piping career at the tender age of 9 under his father's watchful eye, and continues to play regularly. Eoin has enjoyed a very varied career as a piper, having performed and recorded with, among others, Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Iris Demente (US) and Tim O‘Brien.

Johnny McCarthy (Flute) is a flute and fiddle player and lectures in Traditional music in CIT Cork School of Music. He plays a regular session in the Corner House with Con O’ Drisceoil and Pat Ahern collectively known as The Four Star Trio. The trio have recorded two albums to date, The Square Triangle in 1979 and Magnetic South in 2014.

Eithne Willis (violin) holds a BA degree in Music and Irish from University College Cork and a Diploma in Violin Teaching from the CIT Cork School of Music. She is a founder member of the Cork Chamber Orchestra and a former member of several other Cork- based ensembles. Joan Scannell (Cello) Joan Scannell is a cellist and Head of String Studies at CIT Cork School of Music since 2006. A keen chamber musician, Joan was for many years a member of the Orpheus Trio, performing around the country and making several broadcasts for RTE TV. She also lectured and coached chamber music at University College Cork and was, for a time, a member of Jimmy Crowley’s infamous Stoker’s Lodge.

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