Cultural Connections Concert
The Dublin Welsh Male Voice Choir owes its origins to the St. David’s Society, formed in the late 19th Century to assist indigent Welsh seamen who were stranded in Dublin. The society became the focal point for Welshmen of all professions who found themselves based in Dublin. On 20 October 1966 a group of the regular attendees formed a male voice choir.
The choir is only the second choir from outside Wales to be invited to sing on the pitch at the (then) Millennium Stadium in Cardiff before a Wales v Ireland Rugby match (2015).
They have been invited by President Michael D Higgins to perform on several occasions at Aras an tUachtarain, including as the sole after-dinner entertainment on the occasion of the visit of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in May 2017.
Their Musical Director is Brian Murphy and their accompanist is John Shera.
The Hit Machine Drummers – Ireland’s premiere drum ensemble. An action packed show of Celtic drumming and Irish dancing.
The Hit Machine Drummers bring the noise and the energy. Invigorating crowds at events all over Ireland and abroad with their spell-binding drum show.
Flamenco dancer Zambra la Bronce is originally from Motril Granada coast of Spain. She started her career as a dancer when only 7 years old studying in the Royal Conservatory of Music and Dance in Malaga. She grew up in a Flamenco environment with Flamenco musicians, singers and dancers close by.
When she was 17 years old she started working for an International Flamenco Ballet Company touring the USA and Mexico, Ecuador,Guatemala, Venezuela over 9 years.
Back in Malaga Zambra started touring and performing there and eventually toured in Germany, Italy and France.
Six years ago she moved to Ireland where she works for the Cervantes Institute teaching Flamenco dance and Spanish dance culture for the last four years, also working as a cultural developer in different schools and civic centres interested in Spanish Culture and dance.
Polish Folk Dance Group Koniczyna was established in 2009 supported by Dominican Polish Chaplaincy in Dublin The group’s programme includes national, regional dances and selected regional folk songs.
Koniczyna are proud ambassadors of Poland’s native folklore on the Emerald Island and they promote the richness of Polish culture to all nationalities.
Eamonn Galldubh is an All-Ireland champion with a teaching diploma from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, as well as Masters degree in Music Performance with First Class Honours. While Irish music is his first love, he has pursued an interest in other music forms, for example playing saxophone while studying jazz performance. Éamonn has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Clannad, Riverdance, Moya Brennan, Cara Dillon, Damien Dempsey, Ragus, Niamh Ní Charra, Celtic Woman, Hazel O’Connor, Rua, Druid Theatre and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as well as writing and recording his own material.
His recent collaboration on a collection of songs arranged with wind instruments and voice with sean nos singer Lorcan Mac Mathuna was inspired by the experience and reflections of Francis Ledwidge, killed in the 3rd battle of Ypres 1917.
The ingredients of Bollywood dance include: classical Indian dance, Indian folk dance and western dance styles such as Hip hop, Jazz and Flamenco. Throw in a dash of drama, passion and glamour and you have Bollywood.
Jack and Angela Plunkett.
Jack and Angela Plunkett are both originally from Glasgow, but have lived in Dublin for more than twenty years. They describe their music as having three strands: traditional Scottish songs, American folk-blues and, increasingly, Jack’s own compositions. Their songs are delivered with close harmonies, deft finger style guitar and a warm genuine feeling for the music.
Jack and Angela perform regularly at singing sessions in the Dublin area and elsewhere. Their ‘home’ session is the Bray Singers’ Circle of which they are two of the organizer’s.
Jack and Angela are recording a CD (slowly). In the meantime, you can hear them on SoundCloud: simply visit soundcloud.com and search for Jack and Angela Plunkett.
Saoirse.The trio “Saoirse” was formed in 2011 by Cliona Ardiff, Jill Kiernan and Donna Wearen, three friends with a love of performing Irish folk music in an a cappella format. In association with the Irish/Norwegian Society, “Saoirse” have enjoyed the privilege of performing for the official St. Patrick’s Day parade and associated events every year for the past ten years. “Saoirse” is all about great friendship, a deep love of music and the pleasure of bringing enjoyment and entertainment to people. We are delighted to have been invited to participate in this wonderful Festival and look forward very much to bringing our style of singing to you.
Javier Catalan is a professional musician. He is an expert on melodic instruments (he also play transverse flute) and drums.
He has lived in Ireland for the last 12 years (Galway) where he has played and taken part on different cultural activities in that area and all around Ireland.