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Zoë Conway and John McIntyre Summer Concert Series 2012, The Heritage Centre, Carlingford

Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre have announced a series of six concert dates for July and August after the success of the series last year, with audience numbers increasing show after show. Carlingford Heritage Centre, located in the breathtaking St. Micheal’s Holy Trinity Church at the heart of the medieval town has proved to be a wonderful setting for these concerts, with the ambience of the church complimenting the acoustic fiddle and guitar performances beautifully.The series is kindly supported by Louth County Council. The Sunday concerts are one hour long, from 4-5pm, allowing people the freedom to explore the villages many other attractions. Tickets (€10 / €6 concessions) are available from The Heritage Centre on Tel: 042 9373454.

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë and John bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new. The duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments. Keeping to the theme from last year, they are also delighted to invite a special guest to each concert:

22 Siobhan Manson, lead dancer with Riverdance and Women
of Ireland.
29 Stewart Agnew, local hero and superb singer/songwriter. August
5 Colum Sands, legendary singer, songwriter and storyteller from County Down.
12 Mick O Brien, world–renowned uilleann piper from County Dublin.
19 Cliodhna Ryan, violinist from Carlingford who is a member
of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
26 John Sheahan, the fiddle player extraordinaire with The Dubliners.

Zoë, no stranger to the stage, has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Riverdance, Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella to mention but a few.  In contrast to this, Zoe has been an important figure within more serious music circles in Ireland, as her discipline has allowed her the pleasure of appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include works composed for her by world–renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.

John began his career on a very different course, as electric guitarist with indie band, The Revs.Through this he has also known the privilege of performing on many famous stages and festivals across the globe. John studied classical guitar as a teenager, and has a strong background in traditional music, having spent many summers in south west Donegal.

Together, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre are a musical force to be reckoned with, and audiences in Ireland and beyond keep coming back for more.  They were awarded Best Show from popular YouTube channel, Balcony TV for their lightening arrangement of jazz standard, Tiger Rag, receiving over 75,000 views online. Don’t miss an opportunity to see them perform an intimate, acoustic set on 22nd, 29th July, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August.

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