Róisín Dubh – My Dark Rosaleen
A Concert of Irish and Spanish Traditional Music.

Emma Kate Tobia
Some of Ireland’s premier musicians have come together to produce a magnificant concert of Irish traditional songs and tunes mixed with Spanish folk music. These are songs that tell the tale of Rebellion and Uprising, Passion and Devotion from 1798 to the 1916. Traditional Irish Masters Johnny McCarthy and Pat Crowley have joined with Soprano Emma Kate Tobia and classical guitarist Jerry Creedon to produce a show that will lift the heart with powerful stories of our heritage and our Spanish neighbours. Come to hear Róisín Dubh, Óró ‘s é Do Bheatha ‘Bhaile, The Spanish Lady, Mná na hEireann along with Folk Songs such as Cancion, El Pano Moruno and many more. All of these pieces have been arranged by the musicians specifically for these concerts and their combined expertise adds a unique flavour to the music.

Performers:
Emma Kate Tobia - Soprano; Pat Crowley - Piano; Johnny McCarthy - Flute/ Fiddle/Vocals/Whistle; Jerry Creedon - Classical Guitar

Dates:
Friday May 21st 2010, The National Concert Hall, - John Field Room
Time: 1.10 pm- 1.55pm Lunchtime Concert
Tickets available from NCH.ie
Price: €16.00 concessions €12.00
What a way to have lunch! Not to be missed!

Sunday May 2nd 2010, The Grain Store at Ballymaloe, Shanagarry, Co.Cork Ireland
Time: 8pm - Tickets 20 Euro, 15 Euro concession - Early dinner at 6pm & concert 60 Euro
To book tickets only - 083 3631468 - To book for dinner & concert - 021 4652531

About the Performers:
Pat Crowley:

Pat has performed and recorded for many years with some of the world’s best known musicians including Mary Black, Joan Baez, Noel Brazil, Cara Jones, Christy Moore, Declan Sinnott to name but a few. He has toured worldwide with the Mary Black band and she says that she sings differently to different instrumentation. “My piano player, Pat Crowley,” she says, “has played with me for nearly twenty years. He has a really individual style, and in many ways, it has become the ‘Mary Black’ sound. He has an album out with Dara records called “Fools Dream” which he recorded with Johnny McCarthy. A Legend!

Emma Kate Tobia:
Singer Emma -Kate Tobia hails from Westport, Co Mayo, and now lives in Kinsale Co Cork. Emma-Kate is a classically trained soprano who melds her pure lyrical voice with the timeless melodies of her Irish heritage. She is a multiple award-winning artist who has a grá or love for Irish Song which is reflected in her Debut CD, ‘Aisling na nGael’ (An Irish Dream). The CD is a combination of Classical and Traditional songs mostly sung “as Gaeilge”.
Initially embraced by the New York Irish, Emma-Kate is currently breaking out nationally in the USA with her CD which is getting radio airplay in cities across the country including Boston, Pittsburgh, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Colorado, Texas, as far west as Washington and is being streamed on many Internet sites. She has been interviewed on radio, featured by WFUV, her CD has been reviewed in The Boston Irish Reporter, Irish America Magazine, The Irish Emigrant and she has been on the cover of The Irish Examiner, USA. Emma-Kate was interviewed on national television on WNBC on St. Patrick’s Day in NY where she was also invited to help the ring the bell at the NY Stock Exchange. She embarked on her first tour of the USA in December ’09 performing in 19 different cities from Chicago to Florida in a Classic Irish Christmas Tour. March 2010 saw Emma Kate perform outside the New York Stock Exchange that was televised along with her video opening the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade TV coverage on NBC. She then went on her first solo tour in the USA called An Irish Dream, which included cities in Maine, Rhode Island and Boston’s own Burns Library, at Boston College accompanied by violinist Gregory Harrington and pianist Isabelle O’Connell.
Emma Kate will be recording her second album this year and will include some new, unrecorded songs by some of Irelands finest songwriters written especially for her. A series of Roisín Dubh Concerts in 2010 in the National Concert Hall, the Grainstore at Ballymaloe, Cork and St Catherines Church, Kinsale with other dates and venues to be announced later, see www.emmakatetobia.com for more details.

Jerry Creedon:
The lrish guitarist Jerry Creedon was born in Cork and has studied guitar from a young age. After graduating from University College, Cork, he studied with the famed German guitarist Siegfried Behrend in Germany; a Spanish Government Scholarship enabled him to study at the Andres Segovia Summer School in Santiago de Compostela; the Irish Arts Council grant-aided him to attend master classes given by world-famous virtuoso John Williams in Cordoba. Jerry is currently a lecturer in guitar studies at the Cork School of Music. He participated at the October 2001 Guitar Foundation of America International Convention and Competition in San Diego, California.
Jerry is an experienced musician and has performed in Ireland, Germany and Spain, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. He has appeared with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles and has his own Jazz Ensemble with which he performs at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. He has performed at the National Concert Hall, Universities, and numerous Festivals. Jerry has recorded CDs of music by Sanz, Pujol and Villa-Lobos.
He is currently a member of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Committee. Jerry has recently recently returned from performing and giving Masterclasses in Trieste, Italy.
A prominent force on the the Irish guitar scene for over twenty years, Jerry Creedon is critically acclaimed for his accomplishments as a performer, arranger, teacher, lecturer and impresario.
See www.jerrycreedon.ie

Johnny McCarthy
Johnny McCarthy began playing music at an early age under the influence of his grand parents. From a traditional Irish music beginning, in his teens he explored the world of classical music and studied at the Cork School of Music. He later studied at the Conservatorium und Music Hochschüle in Zürich, Switzerland under professor of flute, Jean Poulain.
Johnny McCarthy is widely known throughout Ireland and Europe as a highly accomplished musician in both classical and Irish traditional music. As lecturer at the Cork School of Music (CIT), Johnny’s duties as lecturer in flute, ethnomusicology and music technology are highly acclaimed. As an academic, he has an MA from the Irish World Music Centre and has delivered papers in Ireland, England, France, Switzerland and America. As a musician Johnny has featured as both soloist and as a member of many ensembles on prominent platforms. He has performed as soloist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and has recorded with such artists as Antonio Breschi, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, The Four Star Trio, John Gibson and many others. His compositional collaboration with well known pianist Pat Crowley, in the production of their highly acclaimed album entitled, ‘Fool’s Dream’ is seen as a landmark production in Irish traditional music.

 

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