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John B. Vallely’s paintings inspire musical rendition They Danced When the Music Played

This event takes place in the Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

William Kennedy International Piping Festival Presents They Danced When The Musicians Played.

Innovative musicians and Irish traditional musician Cillian Vallely of Lúnasa renown, collaborate in a unique new set of works for uilleann pipes, violin, cello and piano.

With roots steeped in traditional Irish music these boundary-busting new works are vivid musical evocations inspired by paintings of traditional musicians by iconic artist John B. Vallely.

Celebrated Irish composers who have specially created new music for this include;

Shaun Davey, Neil Martin, Linda Buckley, Niall Vallely, Irene Buckley and Rose Connolly.

The programme also features leading Irish contemporary composer David Fennessy’s ‘The blue-eyed lassie’ from his recent Fidelio Trio commission, a special version of the Blasket Islands’ slow air Port na bPúcaí’ for this ensemble and the concert bookends with two works by the late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin specially dedicated to the trio; a new version of (must be more) Crispy! and Fidelio Unsung.


  • Fidelio Trio
  • Darragh Morgan – violin
  • Tim Gill – cello
  • Mary Dullea – piano
  • Cillian Vallely – uilleann pipes, whistles

Market Place Theatre

Saturday November 19 | 1pm

Tickets £12.00

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