Ancient Music Ireland

Somers Park, Castlerea

A distinctive experience that is and magically ancient! Bringing music archaeology to life!

This delightful exhibition and upbeat performance/presentation by Simon and Maria O’Dwyer of Ancient Music Ireland begins by bringing the audience on a journey through the ages, starting with the earliest habitation of Ireland and progresses through the Irish Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and ends in Early Medieval times. It is a celebration of the great Irish instruments of the first millennium BC. Each period is highlighted through the progression and development of musical instruments, (of which Ireland is very rich) the playing of instruments and stories from legend. Simon is an outstanding story teller and musician and has the audience on the journey with him every step of the way.

It is the perfect balance between musical accuracy and visual perfection. Instruments include –stone, shell, bone, and horn instruments, reproduction pairs of horns from Northern, Western, Central and Southern Ireland. Examples of the Bronze Age instrument family 1,000 – 600 BC. Two pairs of Iron Age parade/ceremonial trumpets like those which were played in the time of Queen Medb and Cú Chulainn , 100 BC. The Iron Age, Ard Brin trumpet reproduction – the golden trumpet. Two Psalter horns – accurate reproductions of the River Erne – Early Medieval horn which are depicted in the 8th Century Vespasian Psalter. We have a 2-metre x 3 metre size backdrop showing this image which always looks great as part of the exhibition and stage area. (See this image attached). Original uses and context will be discussed and explored.

Genres: Folklore | Archives, Heritage (Tangible | Intangible), Music
Age Suitability: All Ages
Features: Family friendly
Address: Somers Park, Henry Byrne Rd, Knockroe, Castlerea, County Roscommon, Ireland
Locations: Castlerea
Event Start Time (pm)
6 pm
Event End Time (pm)
8 pm