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Music Network announces musicians for Resonate residencies in six venues around Ireland

Fiddler and multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands, uilleann piper David Power, guitarist Eamon Sweeney, songwriter Emma Langford, violinist Larissa O’Grady and composer/improviser Philip Christie have been appointed as Music Network RESONATE Artists. Each musician will develop exciting new work with a number of collaborators to share with audiences between July and November 2021.

Music Network has announced the six musicians appointed to the RESONATE Music Network Artist Residencies programme. This major new initiative provides awards of between €6,000 and €10,000 and a range of additional supports to facilitate the making of new work and creative partnerships.

Fiddler, singer and multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands has been appointed to glór (Ennis), songwriter and performer Emma Langford will be resident in Ionad Cultúrtha (Baile Mhúirne), guitarist Eamon Sweeney will develop work at The National Opera House (Wexford), uilleann piper David Power has been appointed to Triskel Arts Centre (Cork City), violinist Larissa O’Grady will be resident at The Dock (Carrick-on-Shannon) and composer, improviser and performer Philip Christie has been appointed to Regional Cultural Centre (Letterkenny).

Each of the musicians in residence will develop new work with a number of collaborators between July and November 2021, and audiences around the country will have opportunities to enjoy the new material created through live concert performances and online content. Dates for the concert performances will be announced in the autumn, subject to public health regulations.

Sharon Rollston, CEO of Music Network commented: ‘Music Network is delighted to embark on this new venture with six of our partner venues. Our shared aim was to create brand new opportunities for professional musicians. RESONATE is our most extensive residency programme to date and will provide the selected musicians with the vital time, space and income needed to devise and produce quality new work for audiences around the country. There was a very strong response to the programme, resulting in six very high calibre musicians working in a range of musical genres being awarded. We would like to acknowledge the time and effort that all of the applicants dedicated to applying for this residency opportunity.’

glór, Ennis 

Clare Sands (fiddler, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist)
Collaborators: Steve Cooney (guitar) & Liadain Ní Bhraonáin (multi-disciplinary artist)

A unique force in Irish music, fiddler, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands is recognised for her ground-breaking style, passionate performances and infinite musical energy. Exploring what lies between the contemporary and the traditional, her pulsating folk music is infused with influences from around the world. A previous awardee of the Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Bursary, Clare is currently working on her self-titled album which explores her deep love of traditional music and the Irish language, whilst reimagining Irish folk music today.

During her RESONATE residency in glór, Clare will dive deep into the well of musical tradition in Co. Clare, developing new compositions in collaboration with acclaimed guitarist Steve Cooney alongside visuals created by multi-disciplinary artist Liadain Ní Bhraonáin. Clare’s residency will culminate in an immersive live show for audiences young and old, brave and bold at glór in November.

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