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Sundays in Spring concerts to be postponed


Musicians from Music Generation Louth, pictured here with Bono, will open each Spring series event

Musicians from Music Generation Louth, pictured here with Bono, will open each Spring series event

Musicians from Music Generation Louth, pictured here with Bono, will open each Spring series event

The organisers of the Sundays in Spring series are sorry to announce that the first concert planned for the 2020 series, The Manning Trio on 5th April, has had to be cancelled due to the restrictions put in place nationally to delay the spread of the Covid-19/Coronavirus.

We look forward to bringing Aisling, Julie Anne Manning and their cousin, Deirdre Brenner, back to perform for us at Carlingford Heritage Centre at a later date.

The remaining concerts in our programme are unchanged. We hope to see you back with us hail and hearty after these days of necessary isolation. In the meantime, keep well. This too will pass.

Our Sundays in Spring programme has become one of the early year attractions for many visitors to Carlingford and a firm favourite for local patrons. For our 2020 edition we still have an exceptional selection of artists and performers from traditional Irish, world and classical music. Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust is grateful to Create Louth and Louth County Council for their support.

We are delighted once again to invite young musicians from Music Generation Louth to open each Sunday afternoon concert in harmony with the programme to follow. And of course, since attendance at a concert will be a question on the Leaving Cert Music Syllabus and examination, classmates and parents will have another good reason to join them in the audience.

The series will now open after Easter on Sunday 19th April in the company of two exceptional musicians from the traditional and world music scene in Ireland today, guitarist Steve Cooney and accordionist, Dermot Byrne. Australian born, Steve was recently featured on the much acclaimed TG4 series Sé Mo Laoch as a hero of the Irish traditional music scene. He will be joined by former Altan member, Dermot Byrne, from West Cork, another master of tradition, one of Ireland's most outstanding traditional accordion players.

The next concert of the series on Sunday 26th April sees the return by popular demand of the irrepressible Sands Family from County Down. It is always a pleasure to see and hear Anne, Tommy, Colum and Ben perform in their own inimitable way - master musicians, gifted songwriters and storytellers with a humorous and always human insight to our worlds. There are some new Sands songs in the offing - a session not to be missed.

On Sunday May 3rd, we are privileged to welcome Andy Irvine, another legend of Irish music, back to Carlingford Heritage Centre. Andy has a busy schedule of performances over the next months, playing at the Waterfront in Belfast, Vicar Street Dublin, Kilkenny, Castlebar, Limerick and places in-between. We bet there'll be nowhere more intimate and unplugged for this giant of Irish traditional music and song than the Carlingford Heritage Centre.

The 2020 Spring series will finish with a flourish on Sunday 10th May when County Louth soprano Roisin Bradley and London-based baritone, Aris Nadirian, join forces with one of Ireland's most gifted and versatile pianists, performer and musical arranger, Brian Connor, for a programme of operatic arias, airs and graces. We will share concert details as soon as we hear from these three wonderful artists so at ease in their musical space.

The revised dates are Sunday 19th April, 26th April, 3rd May and 10th May, taking place from 4pm to 5.15pm at Carlingford Heritage Centre, Old Holy Trinity, Carlingford, Louth. Admission €12 (€10 with concession). Enquiries to Carlingford Heritage Centre, 042 9373454 or 00 353 42 9373454 or e-mail:

Concerts are kindly supported by Create Louth.

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