Culture Night 2018

Culture Night 2018

Switch on Culture Night in Whale Theatre as we open our doors to host a programme of free evening entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.


Step in to the intimate Whale Theatre and discover an engaging and innovative programme of trad-fusion music with some of Ireland’s finest traditional and experimental musicians! Doors open at 6pm and as you enter the theatre, you will immediately be enchanted by the beautiful traditional harp, played by Rachel Duffy 


The evening will then kick into gear at 6.30pm with a performance from the talented young musicians of Rithim Orchestra of Music Generation Wicklow. Then, why not grab a bodhrán and take part in our first workshop of the night with two of Ireland’s most accomplished bodhrán players, Niall Preston and Aimee Farrell Courtney. We will have plenty of drums available and after learning some basic rhythms, you will get the chance to play along with our Music Generation Group!  


Making this a very special evening, the Whale Theatre is thrilled to welcome Strung, who travel all the way from Cork. Strung is a contemporary Irish music group comprising Maria Ryan (violin/vocals), Lucia Mac Partlin (violin), Séan Warren (cello) and Aonghus McCarthy (piano). The group have just released their debut album and they also recently played for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) and the Duchess of Cornwall, during their official welcome to the City of Cork. Strung will perform two sets throughout the evening and will play a mixture of their own songs and traditional Irish music.  


After these high energy performances, relax in our “Trad Sound Bath” which explores a multitude of soundscapes including traditional, world-music, classical and jazz and features a multitude of percussion and other musical instruments.  


We are also delighted to be presenting an outstanding piece of music from award-winning young Irish composer, Sam Perkin. Originally from Cork, Sam has written pieces for the Irish Chamber Orchestra, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and in 2016, he won the prestigious Prix Salabert for Composition at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon. This piece entitled, “Pause” is an atmospheric, meditative work which features a live classical String Quartet interacting with a recorded traditional Irish Fiddle which has been slowed-down by 800%.  


Finally to round off the evening, Strung will once again kick it up a gear to perform a selection of their own unique and captivating interpretations of Irish songs as well as tunes from their self-titled debut album. 

No tickets/ booking necessary as the various events this evening are open to all on a first come basis. Detailed timetable will be announced shortly. 

Ross McParland and everybody at Whale Theatre would like to very sincerely thank our wonderful friend Brian O’Regan, guest curator this evenings outstanding programme.  

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