May 11th in Baltimore, Co. Cork. Tickets on sale at fiddlefair.com.
Colm will hold a week long residency at NYC’s Irish Arts Center in May. Joining him will be fellow Irish musicians Utsav Lal & Loah. Performances happen May 30, 31 & June 1. Tickets can be purchased here.
Three pacesetters of contemporary Irish music come together to explore the fierce possibilities of collaboration: Colm Mac Con Iomaire, the acclaimed solo innovator and founding violinist of the Frames; Loah, the Afro-soul star who’s headlined Electric Picnic and SXSW; and Utsav Lal, the prodigious 26-year-old pianist whose raga-inflected trad has earned him marquee billing at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. First united as a trio at our 2018 Spirit of Ireland Gala, over a week-long residency the artists will continue to shape the rhythms and textures of their unique styles into a startlingly revelatory sound, culminating in a three-night series of public performances.
I was so pleased to be a part of the telling of this wonderful story Late Afternoon – It has been winning prizes and moving audiences at film festivals around the world this past year and has now been shortlisted in the category of the Best Animated Short in the forthcoming Academy Awards (Oscars).. The film reminds us that a world of ‘pure imagination’ is alive in all of us!
Colm was delighted to perform along with a collective of Irish musicians called Street Lights on the charity single “Homeward Bound”, a cover of the classic 1966 tune by Simon & Garfunkel. The single and album were produced to generate funds to assist those in the homeless community. Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland, and Simon Community are the recipients of all profits of the single and album sales, which will go directly to rehoming and rehousing on a national level. You can purchase the song here at your choice of online vendor.
The album is out today and features tracks from Bell X1, Snow Patrol, Saint Sister, Richard Hawley with Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom, Villagers, Stephen James Smith, David Gray, The Frames, Lisa O’Neill, Glenn & Ronan and Celtic Woman.
Colm will be traveling to New York City in October to perform the music for a production called Wildflower – a feminine genesis presented by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club & the Irish Arts Center of NYC. There will be 4 performances Oct 18-21. For more information & ticket links please visit irishartscenter.org.
Inspired by the lush symbolism of Irish poet William Butler Yeats, internationally acclaimed dance artist Maureen Fleming invents surreal movement poetry, curving into shapes of shattering beauty. Fleming’s new interdisciplinary celebration of femininity combines dance and mesmerizing visual theater in a series of “vision poems.” Fleming juxtaposes her singular movement with geometric moving sculptures and brilliant lighting by longtime collaborator Christopher Odo.
Featuring live music by renowned Irish composer and violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire (founding member of the Frames) and uilleann piper James Mahon, with pianist Bruce Brubaker performing music of Philip Glass.
Exploring the “immortal waters” of the mystical feminine, Wildflowers asks: “Is immortality an elusive paradigm or present in the here and now?”
New music! The long awaited film soundtrack from Dare To Be Wild has now been released worldwide. It was my pleasure to score the music for this movie about Irish nature activist Mary Reynolds and her journey to winning the Gold medal at the Chelsea Garden Show in...
Colm will join John Sheahan for a special night of music at the Abbey Theatre on April 21. More information & tickets can be found here.
MusicTown 18 is proud to present a collaboration between two very special Irish musicians, plus special guests.
John Sheahan’s contribution to Irish music is enormous. Many will know him as the last living member of the ground-breaking 1960s balladeers The Dubliners, others as a poet, others as a classically-trained composer of such epochal titles as The Marino Waltz. Today John Sheahan spreads unspoken wisdom and ephemeral fiddle magic to younger musicians who aspire to a musical journey such as his.
Colm Mac Con Iomaire was a founding member of the influential experimental trad outfit Kíla, before becoming the founding member of The Frames with busking pal Glen Hansard, and also a member of the Swell Season. 2008’s The Hare’s Corner (Cúinne an Ghiorria) and 2015’s And Now the Weather (Agus Anois an Aimsir) are two albums of instrumental compositions which far transcend his traditional music roots into something more singularly cinematic.
It was an honour and a delight to be asked to write a piece of music to celebrate the re-opening of the newly refurbished National Gallery of Ireland. Performed recently for an Taoiseach and other dignitaries in the beautiful surroundings of the gallery space and so much wonderful art, the piece is called “Old Walls”. The title came from the Jack B Yeats painting upstairs in the Gallery.
And Now The Weather is now available to pre-order on vinyl. It comes with all the high finish design elements of the cd – emboss, gilding, gloss and also a download code. If you want it signed add a note in your order comments.
You can listen to Colm’s set at the Melbourne Festival from 2015 here on Australia’s ABC programme “The Live Set”.