Louth Nature Trust in conjunction with the Spirit Store presents a benefit concert for the Little Tern Conservation Project at Baltray, which will take place in the Spirit Store, George's Quay, Dundalk, on Sunday 6th July 2008.
The concert aims to raise money to cover some of the substantial costs involved with the project.
An eclectic night of music and craic combining the classical talent of Mary Mc Cague and Ciaran Rosney, the traditional arrangements of Patrick Martin and the folksy bluegrass style of The French Fiddles, with surprise special guests throughout the night - all for the benefit of Ireland's rarest breeding seabird, the Little Terns at Baltray, Co Louth.
Mary McCague, music lecturer at DkIT, is in great demand as a piano recitalist, chamber musician, piano accompanist and teacher.
She has performed as piano soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Trinity College Orchestra, RIAM Chamber Orchestra and RIAM Wind Ensemble and has given recitals throughout Ireland, including the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall.
She also regularly duets with her sister, Catherine and together they performed Saint-Saen's ever-popular "Carnival of the Animals" on a nationwide tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.
Recently, Mary joined forces with Chinese cellist LiLu for a special concert in St. Anne's Church which received very favourable reviews from the press. Mary will also perform in Rosemary St. Church in Belfast on the 31st July.
Originally from County Offaly, Ciarán Rosney is one of a new generation of Irish classical guitarists to emerge in the recent years. Now based in Dundalk, County Louth, he is musically at home with various genres including Irish Traditional music, American folk and rock music. In the area of classical guitar he is an accomplished musician demonstrating a firm technical command of the instrument, which is evident from his solo concerts.
Ciarán graduated with a BA in Music from Waterford Institute of Technology in 2000, where he studied performance with the highly respected harpsichordist Malcolm Proud, contemporary music with the composer Dr Eric Sweeney and classical guitar with Michael O Toole. In 2001 he obtained a Masters degree in Music Technology and under the guidance of the guitarist, John Feeley he obtained a Masters degree in Music Performance from the College of Music, Dublin Institute of Technology in 2005. He is currently Course Director for the BA in Applied Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology where he also lectures in Contemporary Music Performance, Recording Techniques, Guitar Ensemble and Fretboard Harmony.
Patrick Martin joins the line-up
Patrick Martin is a full-time musician specialising in Highland Bagpipes and Irish Uilleann Pipes. Having studied both these instruments for most of 28 years, he can offer live music of the highest calibre.
Patrick is also in demand for recording work by a number of bands and singers desiring some pipe or whistle music on their arrangements. His business is called Ground Bass Music which refers to the sound of pipe drones.
Also of Riverdance fame, he is prize winner in the European and 6th in the World Championships in 2006.
He is also involved in the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland who undertake a series of concerts each year both in Ireland and overseas. Their soul-stirring performances have been described as 'inspriational', 'astounding' and 'ranking at the very top of orchestral brilliance'.
French Fiddles host The Little Tern Benefit Concert in the Spirit Store.
The name French Fiddles is derived from Louth local dialect meaning mouth organ/harmonica. The band started up about 2 years ago in 2006. Since then the band has developed a steady organically grown set that has evolved and continues to evolve along it's journey.
Cathal Johnson on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Isabel Nic Chuireann on guitar and piano accordion, Jacque Faure on clarinet and sax and Andrew Grafton from Eurostar fame on guitar and vocals are the main members. But the band tends to expand or contract at times adding the likes of Eamon Doyle on bluegrass style fiddle.
Their influences range from traditional music from around the world to contemporary, to local styles from around Ireland. French Fiddles play original music augmented with essentially traditional Irish, country folk, blues and jazz, old-timey, contemporary and bluegrass styles. An eclectic bunch who are in the process of making a commercial CD and hope to have it finished soon.