Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann plays a vital part in the worldwide advancement and promotion of Irish music and culture in the 21st Century.
However, we should never lose sight of the great musicians and composers who kept the music and song alive in more difficult times. Tunes and songs that are centuries old are still being performed today thanks to the efforts of composers and collectors, musicians and singers, who fought a growing tide that threatened to sweep our culture aside. From Carolan and Raftery to Ó Riada and Rowsome, visionary men and women have made possible a unique inheritance for our generation – a true ‘Legacy’ for the Ireland of today.
Legacy, featuring the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland and special guests, will take you on a journey through the musical and cultural landscape of Ireland honouring some of the great men and women who have helped shape and define our tradition down through the generations. Inspired by some of the our greatest tunes and songs, Legacy will also feature newly composed music by Tom Doorley and will be scripted and directed by Ray Conway.
Tom Doorley is an original member of Danú and is a highly acclaimed musician, composer, arranger and musical director. As a founding member of the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra, Tom composed and arranged Slad agus Slanú which was performed to great acclaim in the National Concert Hall and was broadcast on RTÉ television.
Ray Conway has written and directed for film stage and radio, and directed ‘Macalla 1916’ for the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra which premiered at the Barbican Centre in London before embarking on a widely acclaimed tour of Ireland.
As part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2016, he adapted and directed ‘Seachtar Fear, Seacht Lá’ a 1916 pageant performed at Cusack Park, and wrote and directed ‘1916 – A Terrible Beauty’, performed at Glór.