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Traditional arts

Clare Arts Office is proud to work closely with the local traditional music community to develop, promote and retain our rich musical heritage.

The annual Riches of Clare concert series is hugely popular attracting thousands each summer to free lunchtime concerts in Ennis.

Duala is an initiative, run in conjunction with the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA), which supports the development of new work, relevant to Clare that is inspired by, or created with, content from ITMA.

The first Creators in Residence were Jack Talty, concertina player and Maurice Gunning, film maker, who create a new film/artwork inspired by Clare material in the archive. The film Duala launched on Culture Night, September 18th, 2020. Maurice and Jack outline their approach to the commission on the ITMA blog.

Card Image Duala

The 2020 award for Duala went to Nuala Kennedy and Tara Breen who created  a deep listening experience where they 'collaborated remotely' across time and space, with some of their musical foremothers. Entitled Ag Lorg Ár Líne – Clare Women; Listening and Performing they created four unique soundscapes and recorded four live duet performances, interacting musically with each individual soundscape.

The 2021 award has been awarded to Diarnuid de Faoite who will be exploring songs from and about Clare as Gaeilge.

Full details on all our programmes are available below:

Page last reviewed: 19/10/21

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Arts office
Library Service
Clare Library Headquarters
Mill Road
Co. Clare
V95 FX32
(065) 6899091
Opening hours
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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