Classical and Irish music forms at Achill Concert


The Achill Heinrich Böll Association is hosting a summer concert featuring a blend of classical and Irish musical forms and traditions at St Thomas’ Church, Dugort, Achill Island on Saturday 13 August at 8pm.

According to Alison Moncreif Kelly, organizer and performer: “The word ‘crossover’ is as overworked as it is insufficient: different areas of music cannot be lumped together into one thing with a piece of verbal band-aid.

“The idea for this concert came about as a way to bring together local Achill musicians with those who are lucky enough to call this wonderful place home; and it is an opportunity for those who perform in the classical discipline to connect with and learn from Irish musical traditions.

“As one of the classical musicians performing, it has been a wonderful odyssey for me to learn about traditional Irish music from the inside, to spend time listening to the vast canon of Irish music and to learn something from the artists who play it.

“I am impressed by the talent of those who play in the traditional style – mastery of the instrument and the idiom is something all musicians seek, no matter which side of the musical spectrum we are on.

The enthusiastic response from everyone involved in this event has been amazing, and as always, it’s the love of music that keeps things going. A big thank you to everyone for agreeing to play.

David Durham

Performers include Anne-Marie Twomey – violin, Connor Wilcox – piano, David Durham – baritone, Kate Heneghan – harp, Julie Langan – traditional fiddle, Kieran O’Malley – bagpipes/whistle, Diarmuid Gielty – traditional fiddle, Alison Moncreif Kelly – cello and John Hoban – musician.

The program includes Beethoven Irish Folksongs in piano/baritone trio arrangement, The Dumky Trio by Dvorak, Songs by Renaldo Hahn, Elegy by Lessenko (Ukrainian composer) and a new arrangement by Kieran O’Malley and Alison Moncrief Kelly for all musicians .

John Hoban

Admission is free but tickets are limited and reservations are essential on

This event is supported by the Mayo County Council Local Live Performance Programming Scheme 2022.


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