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glór presents the premiere of Shorelines, written & performed by Nuala Kennedy, commissioned by glór


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The image of a lone figure standing by the shore, runs deep within the Irish music tradition; it is evoked time and again in our songs and poems of love, waiting, loss and emigration.

Commissioned by glór in 2020, and written during our extended Lockdown period, Nuala Kennedy’s Shorelines both explores that tradition of solitude and joyfully celebrates the return to live music performance with a thrilling new band that features some of the leading lights within traditional music:

Nuala Kennedy – vocals, flutes, composition
Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh – vocals, flutes
Tony Byrne – guitar
Tara Breen – fiddle
Caoimhin Vallely – piano

Newly composed music meets traditional song, as eddies and currents shape the rocks on the Irish shore. Shorelines begins with the image of a woman by the sea, lamenting a loss, but vowing to venture forth and explore the world…

Commissioned by glór with support of The Arts Council Commission Award, as one of three commissions to premiere this autumn as glór turns 20.

Funded by the Arts Council

I will set sails of silver and steer towards the sun”

Photograph by Eamon Ward

From Dundalk to The Yukon, Cape Cod to California, Nuala Kennedy is a musical adventurer who is known world-wide as a superlative performer of Irish traditional music. She has graced the cover of Irish Music Magazine, Sing Out! and regularly appears on the main stage of major folk festivals around the world including Rudolstadt, (GER); Celtic Connections, (UK); Milwaukee Irish Festival, (USA); Dublin Ohio, (USA) and Celtic Colors (CAN).

In 2019 Nuala performed at the United Nations in New York as well as for Mayor Bill De Blasio at Gracie Mansion. Nuala has collaborated with lots of musicians from different genres, most recently in traditional music with John Doyle and Eamon O’ Leary as part of The Alt, and in indie-pop land with Will Oldham on ‘Best Troubadour’ (Drag City). She was commissioned by Celtic Connections Festival to write an hour-long piece in 2006, as part of their ‘New Voices’ series in 2007.