Dublin based guitarist and songwriter Chris has been working on reimagining a repertoire of Celtic and traditional music for his solo guitar project, titled Dúchas.
During the residency he has developed new arrangements and compositions for the project using digital technology to bring a modern twist to ancient Celtic melodies. Chris will premiere this exciting new material at a performance to celebrate the end of his residency at dlr LexIcon’s Studio space on Thursday 1 June at 7pm.
Cllr. Mary Hanafin, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said: “This concert will be a wonderful opportunity to hear one of our local musicians live in the surroundings of the Studio in dlr LexIcon. Chris has great talent and a strong career ahead of him and we are delighted to support him through this residency opportunity.”
Now in its 9th year, the dlr Musicians-in-Residence Scheme provides musicians with space and time to create new work, develop their skills, collaborate with others and showcase their music. Each residency provides an artist with funding, a dedicated space to work in and mentoring to support their career development.
Chris is the recipient of this year’s emerging artist award and the first of three musicians to take up residence at dlr LexIcon. The scheme will also provide two further residencies later in the year for established musicians – violinist Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke and singer Simon Morgan.
In July, Polish violinist Lidia Jewloszewicz-Clarke will take up residence and embark on a cross-cultural collaboration with Irish violinist Larissa O’Grady. The final residency will begin this August when singer Simon Morgan will collaborate with guitarist Drazen Derek and saxophonist Richie Buckley to develop material for their exciting ‘Stolen Chicken’ collective.
Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council: “The County Council continues to provide support to emerging creative talent in the County. We are very proud of the wealth of talent in the County.”
Sharon Rollston CEO of Music Network said: “It’s a pleasure to work with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council once again on the management of this annual scheme. These residencies provide valuable time and resources for the appointed musicians to develop their artistic practice and advance their careers, and we very much look forward to seeing this exciting new work produced by Chris on 1 June.”
Tickets are €5 and available to purchase from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office on Eventbrite now.
The Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Musicians-in-Residence Scheme is jointly funded by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Arts Council and is managed by Music Network.
Chris Comhaill in concert (dlr Musicians-in-Residence)
Thursday 1 June at 7pm
dlr LexIcon (The Studio, level 1), Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musician-in-Residence 2023 Chris Comhaill in concert Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musician-in-Residence 2023 Chris Comhaill in concert