Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Arts in Action- Sharon Shannon accompanied by Jim Murray

Sharon Shannon launches the 2021 Arts in Action online programme with the Annual Jean Ritchie Lecture.

Sharon will be accompanied in this concert by Jim Murray, an internationally acclaimed Irish musician

This Arts in Action concert presentation, presented as the annual Jean Ritchie Lecture, launches Sharon Shannon’s new partnership with Music at NUI Galway and celebrates her musical virtuosity as well as the future potential arising from her engagement with our Music students as the next generation of emerging artists.

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Location: Online    
Time: 13:00

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Arts in Action - Sacrificial Wind

Sacrificial Wind revival in memory of Mary McPartlan. Written by Lorna Shaughnessy. Directed by Max Hafler.


Lorna Shaughnessy's poetic examination of the characters around the story of the sacrifice of Iphigenia by her father Agamemnon asks big questions about war, patriarchy, and society. Mary McPartlan commissioned Shaughnessy and Hafler to produce it as a world premiere in 2017 for Arts in Action, and Sacrificial Wind held the distinction of being the first piece of theatre performed in the new O’Donoghue Theatre. Sacrificial Wind has also been performed in the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen’s University, Belfast. The piece was worked using the Michael Chekhov Technique, a process of acting McPartlan herself was dedicated to and which she also pioneered at NUI Galway.

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Location: Online    
Time: 13:00

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Arts in Action - Máirtín O'Connor, Seamie O'Dowd & Cathal Hayden

Arts in Action presents Máirtín O'Connor, Seamie O'Dowd & Cathal Hayden

Máirtín O’Connor’s name has been synonymous with the accordion for decades both as a master of the instrument and as a composer/arranger. Seamie O‘Dowd is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has travelled worldwide, sharing stages with many musical greats including Christy Moore, The Chieftains, Tommy Emmanuel, Matt Molloy, and Rick Epping. Cathal Hayden is an internationally renowned banjo and fiddle player. For more than two decades, O’Connor, Hayden and O’Dowd have recorded and toured around the world. They have recorded two CDs, Crossroads and Going Places. The trio have toured with Christy Moore, and with Martin Hayes as part of the ‘Masters of Tradition concerts’. As frequent past contributors to Arts in Action, their concert is a celebration of this bond and friendship with Mary.


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Location: Online    
Time: 13:00

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Arts in Action - Vincent Woods in conversation with Mick Moloney

Vincent Woods in conversation with Mick Moloney, ‘Green Fields and Granite Songs’

Vincent Woods is a writer and broadcaster. Former Writer in Residence and teacher of creative writing and drama at NUIG, he has worked extensively with music and musicians, co-editing, with Eva Bourke, the anthology Fermata; Writings inspired by MusicMick Moloney holds a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and Villanova Universities, and currently teaches at New York University in the Music and Irish Studies programs. He has recorded and produced over sixty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. Mick also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which was formed in 1978 and toured internationally since then.In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the Irish National Endowment for the Arts, the highest official honour a traditional artist can receive in the United States. Mick received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland in November of 2013.


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Location: Online    
Time: 13:00

Arts in Action 2021

Arts in Action 2021 Cover