Carolan Concert Press Release

Carolan Concert Press Release

For Immediate Release February 23, 2013

A concert featuring the music of Irish composer Turloch Carolan will be held friday, March 8 th at 8 pm at the Irish cultural centre. Featured performers are Rob Drew on guitar, Nancy Clement on flutes and whistles and Roy Johnstone on violin and mandola.

" This concert is an opportunity for Rob, Nancy and I to revisit our early classical musical experiences and marry them to our love for Celtic music. "
stated fiddler Johnstone.

The three musicians have just recently teamed up. Nancy Clement began her classical music studies at age nine and later fell in love with Celtic music---playing Irish wooden flute, penny whistle and Celtic harp.

"I just love the blend of baroque, renaissance and Celtic genres characteristic of Carolan's compositions" added Clement.

Rob Drew has been actively involved in PEI's music community for the last 17 years specializing in all aspects of guitar from classical and spanish to folk music.

"Carolan's music was composed for the harp and it is well suited to classical and finger picked style of guitar and we add some beautiful harmonies and counter melodies with the flute and fiddle voices." stated Drew.

The 17 th century bard Turloch O'Carolan was one of the most influential composers of Irish music of all time . Blinded by a bout of smallpox when he was eighteen years of age he became, as was the tradition, a travelling bard who composed music and songs for his patrons . Although there is evidence he was influenced by the baroque period of classical music he had an exceptional gift for melody and his compositions display a depth of beauty and passion.

This concert is part of the “CEOL AGUS CAIRDE – MUSIC AND FRIENDS” traditional music concert series .For more information contact George O'Connor at 892-2367.

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