Traditum awarded Creative Connexions Young Traditional Ensemble in Residence 2013/2014.

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama is delighted to be involved as partner at Creative Connexions Festival in Sitges, Barcelona and Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, showcasing high quality Irish and Catalan culture.

Traditum, a young Irish traditional music trio featuring DIT students, Tanya Murphy (traditional violin), Darina Gleeson (accordion) and Aimee Farrell Courtney (bodhrán/percussion) has recently been awarded the position of Creative Connexions Young Traditional Ensemble in Residence 2013/2014.

Third year student Tanya Murphy is an up and coming fiddle player from the south-east corner of County Wexford. She began playing music at the tender age of five with her local Ceoltas group and has since become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish music from County Wexford.

Darina Gleeson is the youngest of a family of four who all play traditional music. Darina has toured many parts of the world performing DIT and also with the group Cirrus in China and India. Darina is better known in the traditional singing circle, it was in this that she won her first All-Ireland in 2004 in Clonmel County Tipperary. Darina is in her final year of the Irish music programme at the Conservatory.

The promise shown by the acclaimed bodhrán player Aimée Farrell Courtney’s debut performance in Dublin’s National Concert Hall at the tender age of eight was realised when she won the 2010 World Bodhrán Championship. Since then she has gone on to collaborate with artists such as Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Alyth McCormack and Colin Dunne and perform in venues such as The O2 Arena (Dublin) and The Hermitage Theatre (Russia). Aimée is currently completing a masters of music in performance. 

Traditum will be supporting the Celtic Connexions Festival Highlight on Saturday 25 May, 9pm at the Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, featuring Bruel (Catalonia) & Coisir Ceol (Ireland) in Concert.

A high energy concert performed by some of the leading exponents of traditional Irish and Catalan music this performance will mark the culmination of a four month collaboration between Bruel and Coisir Ceol from the Creative Connexions: Traditional strand of the festival. This event brings together the best of Catalan and Irish music and musicians in the true spirit of Creative Connexions. 

 Creative Connexions is a three-day, two-country, multi-venue showcase of Irish and Catalan Culture. This unique new event will be delivered by Internationally recognised Irish and Catalan writers, poets, artists, composers and performers through exhibitions, readings, lectures, workshops, film and performances.

Creative Connexions seeks to make creative connections between both cultures and will provide a showcase of high quality Irish and Catalan culture during festivals in Sitges, Barcelona and Dún Laoghaire, Dublin in 2013.


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