A number of the Imagining Home series of concerts that took place in the National Concert Hall, are now available on the RTÉ Radio Player, for listeners in Ireland and internationally, for a limited period.
Imagining Home comprised seven sell-out concerts presented at the National Concert Hall, in association with Ireland 2016, over the period of the 1916 commemorations in March.
The concerts featured music, spoken word and theatrical performances from heavyweights of the Irish music, theatre and literature worlds such as Glen Hansard, Roddy Doyle, Joseph O’Connor, Colm Toibín, Louis de Paor, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Camille O’Sullivan, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Cait O’Riordan, Lisa O’Neill and many more.
In March, RTÉ Radio 1 broadcast four of the concerts live and recorded the other three, which will be aired later this year.
From Friday April 15 until Friday May 13, the four previously-broadcast Imagining Home concerts will be available to listen to anytime, online or on mobile, on the RTÉ Radio Player.
Simon Taylor, Chief Executive of the National Concert Hall said of the series, “Inspired by themes drawn from the 1916 Proclamation, Imagining Home explored Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years, its place in the world today and our shared future. From the outset the programme was developed in collaboration with the artists involved and is a unique and fascinating reflection of the wealth of artistic and creative talent for which Ireland is renowned globally.”
The four concerts that are available to listen to are:
Celebrating the long musical conversation across the Atlantic, a gathering of Irish and American musicians perform songs from this rich musical dialogue. Artists include Rosanne Cash, Paul Brady, Maura O’Connell, Rodney Crowell, Andy Irvine, Tim O’Brien, Mick Moloney and band.
Kevin Rowland and Sean Read of Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners) and Irish singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke, perform alongside Martin Carthy, Camille O’Sullivan, Cáit O’Riordan, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Cathal Coughlan and Lisa O’Neill in a unique event, hosted by writer and broadcaster John Kelly which looks at the musical interplay between Ireland and England.
Curated by Glen Hansard, and featuring international musicians and home-grown talent, the concert celebrates Ireland now and its place in the world.
Well-known traditional singers, sisters Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, join sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Mhiollain, celebrated Irish harpist Tríona Marshall, fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, Irish language poet Louis de Paor and award-winning actress Olwen Fouéré in this concert which explores a journey through Irish traditional music from its roots to the thriving traditional scene of today. They are joined by fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill, Usher’s Island, the Tulla Céilí Band, fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Iarla Ó Lionaird.
The concerts to be streamed will also include extras and exclusive interviews that took place during the intervals.