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Virtual concert series with Zoe Conway and Friends

We will be streaming the first of a 3 part pre-recorded concert series which will take place each Sunday featuring artists from north and south. This replaces our usual live series at this time and is brought to you by Zoe Conway and Carlingford Heritage Centre in collaboration with Ray Giffen, The Duncairn Centre for Culture and the Arts, and Create Louth thanks to their kind support.

Dates:  23rd August, 30th August and 6th September

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Tel +353 (0)42 9373454 or info@carlingfordheritagecentre.com

Episode 1 — 7pm, Sunday 23rd August

This Episode starts our Virtual Series featuring the following artists:
Yue Tang & Brian Connor
Niall Hanna & Rachel McGarrity
Zoe Conway & John McIntyre

Episode 2 — 7pm, Sunday 30th August

Continuing our Virtual Series this episode features performances by the following artists:
Cathie Ryan
Emma Langford
The 4 Of Us

Episode 3 — 7pm, Sunday 6th September

Our Virtual Series concludes with performances by the following artists:
Colum Sands
Conor Caldwell
Zoe Conway and John McIntyre

Coming Soon


A Glimpse behind the Shop Door – a photographic exhibition of Carlingford’s shops and businesses over the last 100 years telling the story of the activities of the business people of Carlingford and their importance to the social fabric of the townspeople.


Festival of Poetry and Music weekend featuring poets and musicians from north and south, and a poetry slam of local poets who submitted poems to us during the period since Covid came into our lives.

About the Artists

Brian Connor

Pianist, producer, arranger and composer Brian Connor studied piano with Professor John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. He has been Musical Director in London’s West End, Chicago and on Broadway. He was Musical Director of “Riverdance – The Show” and the National Theatre of Ireland’s centenary celebrations – “Abbey100”.

A major focus of his career has been his collaborations with singers, having performed and recorded with artists such as Danielle de Niese, Sinead O’Connor, Agnes Bernelle, Van Morrison, Ramin Karimloo and jazz vocalist Claire Martin. He has produced albums for singers in Ireland, Norway and Germany, and produced the album “Yola” for Irish singer/songwriter Eleanor McEvoy which was awarded “UK Hi Fi Album of the Year”. 

For Norwegian artist Tom Aadland he produced “Blod pa Spora” a reworking of Bob Dylan’s classic album “Blood On the Tracks” in Nynorsk – the traditional language of Norway. His time is now divided between orchestrating music for orchestral concerts, film and TV, producing recordings for solo artists, and performing classical, jazz and contemporary music.

Yue Tang

Sub-Principal cellist of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Born in Beijing, studied cello performance in Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, received his BA in Oberlin College, Ohio and M.Mus from Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

He was the prize winner of Rio Hondo Young Musician Concerto Competition, Marina del Rey Concerto Competition, Chinese-American Showcase Competition and Kingsville International Competition. Prior joined the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2008, he was member of Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, Miami City Ballet, Symphony of America, Atlantic Classic Orchestra as well as Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. He has shared the stage with artists such like Mstislav Rostropovich, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domigo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lang Lang, Sir. James Galway, Joseph Silerstein, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Zubin Mehta, Lalo Schifrin, John Williams, Bryn Terfel, Angela Gheorghiu and many more.

His solo cello album “Variations on Cello” was well received by public and has been played regularly on Lyric FM. He has also made his TV appearance on RTÉ One reality show “Instrumental” in 2012 as cello tutor and solo cello performance on “Dancing with the stars” in 2019.

Since 2015, Yue has been acting Section Leader cello of RTÉ Concert Orchestra and has led the section in CO’s first China Tour in 2017.

Colum Sands

A universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. A member of The Sands Family, he has appeared with them and as a solo performer in over thirty countries. The power and popularity of his writing is further confirmed by countless cover recordings of his songs including versions in German, Dutch, Danish, Polish and Hebrew.

From portraits like The Man with the Cap, to observations on the paranoia of difference like Whatever you say, say nothing, “his songs cross borders on the map and in the mind”.

Whether singing about ‘Lookin’ the loan of a spade’, wakes, taking care of our environment or each other, all of his work is crafted with sensitivity, insight and humour. Colum has also presented countless radio programmes over 22 years with BBC, produced around one hundred albums, working with young musicians and veterans like Joan Baez and Pete Seeger. He has received a Living Tradition Award and was shortlisted for three nominations for the 2009 Grammy Awards.

In 2020 he released his tenth solo album “Song Bridge”, a collection which celebrates the power of song to build bridges rather than borders in uniting people to protect and celebrate nature and the wondrous but fragile life system to which we all belong.

Cathie Ryan

Cathie joined Cherish the Ladies as lead singer in the late 80s and recorded two CDs with them. Their first CD was named after an original song of mine, The Back Door about Irish immigrants in the US.  CTL came to the fore pre-Riverdance when Irish music and dance was not on the map in the US and other parts of the world the way it is now. 

They were at the beginning of that movement and wanted to pioneer women creating music and dance, fronting a band, and touring – women making a living at Irish music. The band featured tunes, song, and step dancing – a very whole perspective.  She’s proud of that work, it was relevant and important.

Being an Irish American in Irish music and being a woman fronting a band has not been an easy road by any stretch, but she states she could not have chosen any other road! Although her Irish father, until he passed, wished she had continued as a teacher.  He must have known that her retirement plan would have to include a lotto win! 🙂

The 4 of Us

A steadfast part of Irish music history for over a quarter of a century. Formed and fronted by Newry born brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy they have notched up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including several Top 10 Irish charting albums.

Last year saw them headline a batch of festivals at home as well as touring the UK and Ireland with folk legends Fairport Convention and Robert Plant’s latest band Saving Grace.

Their latest critically acclaimed album ‘Sugar Island” tells tales of growing up in the North during the height of the troubles in the 1970s.

Conor Caldwell

Traditional fiddler and composer Conor Caldwell is from Belfast. His is also a music researcher and his music takes a contemporary approach whilst remaining reflective of his roots in the Donegal and Northern fiddle tradition.

Exploring the capabilities of the fiddle and through the use of electronics he creates music that is spacious with harmonies and accompaniment sympathetic to the old and original tunes he plays. Aside from his solo work, Caldwell plays in a duo project with fellow fiddler Danny Diamond (Slow Moving Clouds), with whom he released the critically acclaimed album NORTH in 2016, nominated by the Irish Times in its “Best Traditional” category for 2016 and described by Musical Traditions as “an impressive, highly-enjoyable and illuminating achievement”.

He has also toured as a member of Craobh Rua since 2009, performing across Europe and the USA. A current recipient of the Moving On Music Emerging Artist Programme, Caldwell launched his debut solo record ’To Belfast’ in May 2018.

Emma Langford

Emma Langford hails from Limerick in the South-West of Ireland. Since first bursting onto the scene in 2016 she’s hardly taken her foot off the pedal, with an eye-watering ever-growing tour schedule and frequent collaborations up her sleeve. 

The artist has received consistent praise from national and international media and audiences alike, with The Irish Times describing her debut album Quiet Giant (2017) as ‘music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… An enduring piece of work’. Ireland’s state broadcaster RTÉ Radio 1 presented Emma with the Best Emerging Artist award at their inaugural Folk Awards in October 2018.

Emma’s “spell-binding” Quiet Giant features stunning full-band arrangements for 10 self- penned songs, and was released to great critical acclaim in late 2017. Following the album’s Irish release, she was invited to launch it internationally with Germany’s Irish Folk Festival tour.

Langford’s sound is made to be heard live, be it solo or with a full complement of musicians. She possesses a distinct natural tone and resonance that is truly breath-taking – and a razor-sharp tongue to boot. Her home-grown brazen wit and piercingly insightful lyrics have fused to produce the on-stage energy for which the young artist has become so well known at home and abroad.

Noted too for a vocal timbre which dances playfully among the nuances of “folk”; Emma Langford’s voice is at once defiant and ethereal; her lyrics insightful, yet loaded with wit and whimsy. Comparisons are often drawn in style and sound to artists such as Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones and Janis Ian.

Niall Hanna

Niall Hanna is a traditional folk singer and songwriter from Derrytresk in Co. Tyrone. In early 2018 he burst on to the Irish folk scene with the release of his first solo album of songs “Autumn Winds”. Featuring some well-known Ulster ballads, the album also displayed Niall’s ability as a young songwriter

Rachel McGarrity

Rachel McGarrity is a traditional fiddle player and classical violinist from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.

From a young age she has competed in solo competitions in the Fleadh; gaining medals at county, provincial and all-Ireland levels. As well as being a qualified music teacher and comhaltas tutor, she regularly plays solo fiddle professionally for the Irish dancing shows ‘Irish Celtic’ and ‘Danceperados’ and has performed on stages across Europe and Australia.

Rachel has worked as a session musician in the Bardic theatre productions, and has also featured on several studio albums including Niall Hanna’s ‘Autumn Winds’, where she also provided vocals. Rachel often performs alongside Niall as part of his live concerts. She is a gifted tutor for fiddle and has taught at many workshops and festival classes.

Zoë Conway &
John McIntyre

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new.  The husband and wife folk duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments.

They have released two recordings to date – the newest release is a superb collection of live European performances, Live in Concert, released in spring 2017.  The album showcases their mesmerising musical interaction on-stage, and also reveals some of their more virtuosic repertoire outside of the Irish traditional genre.  Relaxed and atmospheric, the respect and understanding that they have of traditional Irish music and song also shines through. 

Their debut duo album, entitled Go Mairir I Bhfad (Long Life To You), received a glorious 5 stars from national paper, The Irish Times.  For this unique album, they commissioned twelve leading Irish composers to each compose a piece specifically for Zoë and John, for fiddle and guitar, with the aim of collectively presenting a snapshot of traditional Irish music alive today.  The renowned composers who took part in the project were Liz Carroll, Steve Cooney, Frankie Gavin, Andy Irvine, Charlie Lennon, Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Peadar Ó Riada, Mícheál Ó Súilleabhán, Tommy Peoples, Niall Vallely and Bill Whelan.

The release of these albums has brought international attention to the duo, and so they are increasingly in demand in Ireland and abroad for performances, talks and workshops.

Zoë, no stranger to the stage, has performed with an impressive list of international artists including Riverdance, Damien Rice, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Rodrigo y Gabriella to mention but a few.  In contrast to this, she has been an important figure within classical music circles in Ireland and abroad, as her crossover discipline has allowed her the pleasure of appearing as soloist with acclaimed orchestras such as The Irish Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German WDR Symphony Orchestra; pieces recited include her own compositions and works composed for her by world renowned Irish composer, Bill Whelan.

John grew up in the Cooley Mountains of north County Louth where he took up guitar at 8 years of age.   He began his career as electric guitarist with the successful indie band, The Revs with whom he performed on many famous stages and festivals including Oxygen, and Slane in Ireland, Reading and Leeds in the UK, and toured extensively in USA, Australia and Europe.  He has worked alongside many world renowned producers, and is now also producing and recording in many  genres.  John studied classical guitar and piano for many years, and from early childhood was immersed in the language, songs and traditional dance music of south west Donegal – his father’s homeplace.     

Together, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre have been described as “simply one of the best folk duos on the planet” (BBC), and audiences in Ireland and beyond keep coming back for more.  They have performed for rock stars, millionaires and dignitaries around the world, including Irish Presidents Mary Mc Aleese and Michael D. Higgins.  They were awarded Best Live Show from popular YouTube channel, Balcony TV, and have received in excess of a combined half a million views online.   “An ceol is binne agus is cruinne dá gcuala mé riamh.”

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