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An unmissable month of music – Mayo County Council Summer Music Series 2010

Mayo County Council's Summer Music Series will feature seven musical performances in venues all around the county.  Achill, Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Westport, Ballina, Charlestown and Louisburgh are all stops on the Summer Music Series in 2010. Many tastes are catered for in an exciting, eclectic programme featuring some of the finest musical talent is represented in the form of local, national and international musicians.  Booking is essential and can be done through Mayo County Council Arts Office.  All events are free of charge.

Kicking off the series in Holy Trinity Church, Westport on Thursday 1st July at 8pm, are the Artis Quartet from Vienna.  Since 1980, the Artis Quartet has performed to highest acclaim at most of the prestigious concert venues throughout the world and is one of the very few string quartets that play standing up.  An idyllic setting with superb music, promises the series’ first audience a concert to remember.   

Lunfardia play St. Thomas' Church, Dugort, Achill on Friday 9th July 8.00pm.  Fresh from their album launch Lunfardia invite audiences on a voyage to the New World; their freewheeling repertoire and new album Acollarados embraces simmering Tangos and Milongas from Buenos Aires, rough-hewn Chacareras from the Argentinean pampas, breezy Bolivian Huaynos and grooving Joropos from Venezuela.  A sophisticated mix of South American idioms with elements of classical and jazz - all this highlighting the characteristics of its virtuosic musicians.

Áras Inis Gluaire, the Arts Centre in Belmullet will host Gráda on Saturday July 10th at 8pm.  One of Ireland's most successful touring bands, Gráda perform in over 150 concerts across the globe annually at major festivals and venues.  Their sound is deeply rooted in the Irish tradition, but also layered with fresh, jazzy tones and strong rhythmic grooves. Think Irish music that’s off the beaten track, blended with Americana, jazz, NZ roots, and a diverse range of influences that promise a great evening of music. 

The Lost Brothers are an Irish duo and will be performing in St Michaels Church Ballina on Friday July 16th at 8pm.  Guitarists and vocalists Mark McCausland and Oisín Leech aren’t actually brothers at all but from the way they talk about their music and the dreams they both have, they may as well be. Their debut album, The Trails Of The Lonely (Parts I and III) received rave reviews in England and Ireland and their sound has been compared to that of a more ragged Simon and Garfunkel.

On Thursday 22nd July at 8pm the series then moves to Louisburgh Parish Hall with music on the evening from Tarab.  Francesco Turrisi presents this latest evolution of his Tarab ensemble, which has become eloquent in its linking of modal jazz to traditional music from across Europe.  The ensemble have been devising new music over four cycles, each with a very special guest artist, with a July visit from Bulgarian virtuoso of the kaval Theodossii Spassov. 

The Friary, Ballyhaunis on Friday July 23rd at 8pm will this year host the National Chamber Choir.  Widely regarded as Ireland’s most distinguished choral ensemble, and celebrated both nationally and internationally for its fresh and innovative sound. 

The final event of the Series this year takes place in Charlestown Town Hall Arts Centre on Saturday 24th of July.  As a live act, CADENZA are a musical experience not to be missed, displaying originality, versatility, raw energy and virtuosity on a broad range of instruments including harp, cello, fiddle, guitar.

Please be advised that the series has a huge following and although the concerts are all free of charge and open to the public booking in advance is essential (max six people per booking).

For a full programme of events or to book contact the Arts Office on 094 9024444, ext 7560, or e-mail: 

Summer Music Series 2010


Holy Trinity Church, Thursday 1st July at 8pm

Artis - Quartett


St. Thomas’ Church, Dugort, Achill, Friday July 9th at 8pm



Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet Saturday July 10th at 8pm



St. Michael’s Church, Friday 16th July at 8pm

Lost Brothers


Louisburgh Parish Hall Thursday 22nd July at 8pm



The Friary, Friday July 23rd at 8pm

National Chamber Choir



Charlestown Arts Centre, Saturday July 24th at 8pm


Posted: 17/06/2010

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