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Iarla Ó Lionáird has a busy Autumn schedule coming up including live performances with Crash Ensemble in Dublin and Flight of the Earls commemorative shows in Paris and Belfast.
Crash Ensembles SHINDIG, running at SSMJ in Temple Bar on October 12th and 13th, is a mammoth weekend featuring two concerts; Free State a look at some of the most interesting contemporary music in Ireland today including the premiere of a new Crash Ensemble commission by Gerald Barry, and Marathon a whopping 11 hours of new music by the godfathers (and extended family) of contemporary classical music.
Iarla will also be touring with Crash Ensemble in Ireland during October and November and in Australia in March 2008.
'Music and Poems of the Earls' - The Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
A reading and musical performance of the great outburst of poetry written by the Gaelic Court Poets when their dynastic leaders, ONeill and ODonnell set out by ship from Donegal for Continental Europe in 1607 now known as The Flight of the Earls.
'Turas na dTaoiseach - The Flight of the Earls', Belfast Opera House
An evening of music, song and art commemorating the 400th anniversary of The Flight of the Earls. The evening will feature newly composed music by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Niall Vallely performed by a stellar cast of Irelands foremost musicians. Singers Iarla Ó Lionáird and Karan Casey will join musicians such as piper Cillian Vallely and percussionist Mel Mercier along with the Carolan String Orchestra. The concert will be recorded for broadcast by BBC Northern Ireland and will also have an important visual aspect with stunning new paintings dramatising The Flight of the Earls story by John B. Vallely, one of Ireland's foremost painters, being exhibited in the Grand Opera House foyer throughout the Belfast Festival at Queen's.
Iarla will be accompanying Irish President Mary McAleese on her first official state visit to New Zealand. The itinerary is reported to include meetings with the Irish community, local business people and the Maori community.