FUAIM serves up musical feast

For the past five years, University College Cork’s FUAIM concerts and seminars have celebrated the diversity of Irish music and its interconnectedness with further flung forms.

FUAIM serves up musical feast

Now, the university is putting together its first festival under the FUAIM ‘brand’. True to UCC School of Music and Theatre’s rich tradition of diversity and experimentation, the event will juxtapose the old and new, the cutting edge and the familiar, in addition to featuring nationally prominent musicians such as Duke Special and Julie Feeney. Several events are ticketed but many are free to the public.

Hup! 3, Friday, Aula Maxima, UCC, 1.10pm: A bringing together of traditional music from UCC and University of Limerick. The joint concert features arrangements by Seán Ó Riada of sometimes obscure traditional pieces, as retrieved from the college’s collection of wax cylinder recordings.

Festival Gala Concert, Friday, Cork Opera House, 8.30pm: Trad pioneers Scullion and Choice Music Prize winning singer and composer Julie Feeney are the best-known names. The bill for the festival’s opening event also includes Loudest Whisper, a boundary breaking folk ensemble achieving prominence in the ’70s, and Yurodny, who give Eastern European music an innovative 21st century makeover.

Electronic Music Club, Friday, Half Moon Theatre,11pm: A night of cutting edge electronica by graduates and students at UCC. The centerpiece is the live debut by CAVE, the Cork Audio Visual Ensemble. This group is the School of Music and Theatre’s new multi-media project.

Vanbrugh String Quartet with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Niall Vallely, Saturday, Triskel Christchurch, 1.10pm: This free concert features the Vanbrugh quartet and a programme of music by composers from UCC. Concertina player Niall Vallelly will perform O Riada Room and composer/pianist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin will delve into pieces such as Must Be More Crispy and Ave Maris Stella.

The Quiet Club, Saturday , Sculpture Gallery, Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, 3pm: This free performance features Mick O’Shea and Danny McCarthy, who together make up one of the country’s foremost ‘sound art’ improvisational units. Utilising everything from homemade instruments to stones, theremins and field recordings, they weave complicated and unique musical tapestries.

Telephones and Gongs, Saturday, Cork Opera House, 8pm: Indonesian gamelan music has been part of the UCC music curriculum for the past 20 years. The university’s Cork Gamelan Ensemble features 66 bronze gongs, drums, flutes fiddle and zither. Performing a series of new pieces, the ensemble is joined by Belfast songwriter Duke Special, Iarla O Lionaird of The Gloaming, Kate Ellis and the West Cork Ukelele Orchestra. The concert is directed by Mel Mercer, head of UCC’s School of Music and Theatre.

FUAIM Futures, Saturday Half Moon Theatre, 11pm: This late hours celebration of world music includes a headline turn from the Claudia Schwab Ensemble and the more pop harmony orientated Collage. The goal is to explore the links between ‘traditional’ world music and mainstream pop.

UCC Choir, with John Spillane, Sunday , Cork Opera House, 1pm: A long-time performer at FUAIM events around the city, troubadour Spillane returns to deliver rearranged versions of songs such as The Mad Woman of Cork and The Ballad of Patrick Murphy. He is accompanied by UCC Choir, under the direction of Eva McMullan and accompanist Rhoda Dullea. The free event takes place in the foyer of the Opera House.

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