Sunday 19 April / 8pm /Admission €15 / €12 /
The West Ocean String Quartet marks its twentieth anniversary in 2019 with an innovative series of concerts celebrating the traditional music of Ireland’s Atlantic coast, echoing the quartet’s title. The material has been curated from the broad musical spectrum of this region – from the swinging barn dances of West Donegal down to the grand song-airs and rousing polkas of Kerry. The music has been arranged by the quartet’s cellist Neil Martin, sharing the quartet’s interpretation of this regional music with both a global audience and the traditional community and to initially perform the music within the coastal communities and islands that inspired it.
There can be few regions in the world which provide more fertile ground for traditional music – from the northern shores of Inishowen and West Donegal all the way down through the coastal counties of Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry and Cork – the music of this Atlantic region is powerful, compelling and hugely varied. It is infused with an indefinable common element; at its core is a rich tapestry of musical styles, moods and accents.
Since it took its first tentative steps in 1999, WOSQ has received world-wide acclaim. Its founding members, Séamus McGuire (violin) and Neil Martin (cello) were later joined by Niamh Crowley (violin) and Ken Rice (viola).