VENUE - Townhall Theatre, Dungarvan
DOORS @ 8pm
Edges of Light is a new collaboration between Irish dance legend Colin Dunne, fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist, and uilleann piper David Power.
The prodigiously talented dancer Colin Dunne joins forces with fiddler Tola Custy, harpist Maeve Gilchrist and uilleann piper David Power. Combining the play of dance with an adventurous musical spirit, the quartet conjure up a beautiful soundscape, weaving simple and complex textures of melody and rhythm inspired by the natural sounds and shimmering patterns of light that announce Ireland’s day.
Their combined talent is an experience not to be missed. Mixing contemporary and traditional music with dance, this theatrical show is an exciting celebration of melody and rhythm.
Commissioned by Music Network
"Between (to oversimplify!) the pin-point accuracy of Power’s playing, the liveliness of Gilchrist’s and the immersiveness of Custy’s, the music alone is a pure pleasure. It is given a further lift by the particular interactiveness of this show, the way the musicians respond to one another … as if this tendency in them had been somewhat heightened by how fundamental it is to Dunne’s art." Paul O`Connor
Imagine going to bed on a Saturday night and waking up on a Sunday, a half an hour older than you should be.
Mad , huh? Well, that’s what happened a hundred years ago, in a year already fairly packed with remearkableness.
1916. one of the most significant years in all of Irish history. A year of political turmoil, violent uprising and brutal executors of some of the founding fathers of our state.
And the year Great Britain stole 25 minutes from us and never gave it back.
That’s the concept that is inspiring this current collaboration between four highly imaginative and creative musicians, in Edges of Light, a knew commission bringing together four musicians, in whose own work the notion of Time, in its various meanings, is a driving force.
Though the language and instruments are from long ago, the technology, the ideas, the conversation is totally contemporary. It is this nod to the past, but shout out to the future that is most exciting and most importantly, we can join in. We don`t have to go back to bed to reclaim our lost time, we can own it by allowing Colin, David, Tola and Maeve hypnotise us, following with our eyes and ears, their swinging watch, their swinging rhythms and the Edges of Light become bright shining day. Top of the morning` to ye.
Ellen Cranitch, Lyric fm
“This ensemble was originally invited by Music Network to perform together for a specially curated tour of Ireland in September 2016.
`Colin Dunne is known as a dancer, but it`s probably more accurate to describe him as a musician who plays with his body.` Ellen Cranitch
`Ah, Maeve`s riffs. A thing of spellbinding sensuality and depth. She manages to create spaciousness and an intimacy all at the same time, with her delicate and uncluttered chord voicings, and Bill Evans-like openness.` Ellen Cranitch
`David Power`s experiments with time are similarily rich and complex, and yield a new and invigorating approach to uillenan pipe playing.`