6.00pm Doors open so step in to the intimate Whale Theatre and discover an engaging and innovative programme of trad-fusion music with some of Ireland’s finest traditional and experimental musicians! First up an enchanting recital on the beautiful traditional harp, played by Rachel Duffy.

6.30pm We’ll hear from the talented young musicians of Music Generation Rithim Orchestra.

7.00pm Grab a bodhrán and take part in our first workshop of the night with two of Ireland’s most accomplished bodhrán players, Niall Preston and Aimee Farrell Courtney. We will have plenty of drums available and after learning some basic rhythms, you will get the chance to play along with our Music Generation Group!

7.20pm Making this a very special evening, we welcome Strung, a contemporary Irish music group comprising Maria Ryan (violin/vocals), Lucia Mac Partlin (violin), Séan Warren (cello) and Aonghus McCarthy (piano). Strung will perform two sets throughout the evening and will play a mixture of their own songs and traditional Irish music.

8.10pm Immerse yourself in our “Trad Sound Bath” which explores a multitude of soundscapes including traditional, worldmusic, classical and jazz and features a multitude of percussion and other musical instruments.

8.40pm “Pause” is an outstanding piece of music from award-winning young Irish composer, Sam Perkin. Originally from Cork, Sam has written pieces for the Irish Chamber Orchestra,West Cork Chamber Music Festival and in 2016, he won the prestigious Prix Salabert for Composition at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. This piece entitled, “Pause” is an atmospheric, meditative work which features a live classical String Quartet interacting with a recorded traditional Irish Fiddle which has been slowed-down by 800%. 9.00pm Bodhrán workshop with performance.

9.20pm To round off the evening, Strung will once again kick it up a gear to perform a selection of their own unique and captivating interpretations of Irish songs as well as tunes from their self-titled debut album.

Time: 6pm - 10pm

Address: The Whale Theatre, Theatre Lane, Hillside Road, Greystones

Website: whaletheatre.ie