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MUSICTOWN 2024 – DREAMING OF NEW COLLABORATIONS

MusicTown returns to the essence of collaboration for this year’s programme where we make home in the hallowed rooms of the National Concert Hall for three days. The programme, we feel, is a radio dial of everything that is interesting about Irish music in this moment, as some of the most vital artists of this diverse and multi-cultural landscape fulfill new dreams within collaborative conversations.

MusicTown is a shapeshifting programme of live music created to reflect this ever-changing world of music. Within this programme we have pop bands, experimental vocalists, contemporary classical virtuosos, avant-garde songwriters, new folk traditionalists, electronic meddlers, joyous Middle Eastern party music, and a full symphony orchestra.

MusicTown originated in 2015, an initiative from Dublin City Council Arts Office to create a platform where all the different styles, tribes and genres of music performed in Dublin could exist side by side on one programme. Over the past eight years the programme has travelled all over the city from studios to parks to churches to concert halls. It has spawned essential collaborations not just amongst musicians but work that has crossbred across theatre, dance, literature and visual art, and even defied COVID for two years presenting exciting programmes of live-streamed performances and original music films exclusively online.

FULL PROGRAMME:

Friday July 19th

Main Auditorium – 8.30PM

Soda Blonde & The National Symphony Orchestra

Saturday July 20th

Kevin Barry Room – 4PM

Róis & Muireann Ní Shé

The Studio – 5.30PM

E The Artist & Crash Ensemble

Main Auditorium – 8.30PM

Rachael Lavelle & Crash Ensemble

Sunday July 21st

Kevin Barry Room – 4PM

Harp Ireland presents MOODS with Aisling McKenna, Peter Power & Robyn Byrne

The Studio 5.30PM

Elaine Howley & Crash Ensemble

Main Auditorium – 8.30PM

Mohammad Syfkhan & Crash Ensemble

Production Notes

Funded by Dublin City Council Arts Office

Produced by Foggy Notions with support from the National Concert Hall

Curated by Leagues O’Toole & David Connaughton

Design by Paul Guinan