We are very excited to present a unique performance of new music and spoken word based on the ancient legend of Sweeney. With the gratefully acknowledged support of the Arts Council, this work was commissioned by David Power and composed by New York-based composer Dana Lyn for string quartet and uilleann pipes. It will be performed by David Power, the ConTempo Quartet with spoken word by Barry McGovern.
The ConTempo Quartet praised as a “fabulous foursome” (Irish Independent) and noted for performances which are “exceptional” (The Strad) and “full of imaginative daring” (The Irish Times), ConTempo Quartet has forged a unique place in Irish musical life.
The eminent Irish Actor Barry McGovern will read excerpts from a translation of the ancient story. Its hero, Mad Sweeney, undergoes a series of purgatorial adventures after he is cursed by a saint at the Battle of Moira.The poetry spoken bythe mad king, exiled to the trees and the slopes, is among the richest and most immediately appealing in the whole canon of Gaelic literature.