MusicTown & The National Concert Hall presents 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞

MusicTown & The National Concert Hall presents 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 featuring Andy Irvine & Dónal Lunny * Radie Peat * The Mary Wallopers * Maija Sofia * Sorcha Ní Scolaí

Live-streamed on Sept 22nd, 8pm, @NCH_Music

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#RSD2020 – Christy Moore – Prosperous (Tara Music)

Christy Moore – Prosperous (Tara Music)

Christy Moore’s seminal album Prosperous will be available on limited edition 180gsm blue vinyl. Originally released in 1972, the classic record featured Liam O’ Flynn, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, who later went on to form Planxty. Nearly 40 years since Prosperous was last printed, the new edition has been remastered from the original master tapes, with a limited run of 1000 hand numbered copies. Out Aug 29.

Prosperous LP 2020

RIP, Julian Bream

“Very sorry to hear of the death of my first guitar teacher, the legendary Julian Bream. As a 13 year old, I was reduced to tears at my first meeting with him. He had asked me how well I wanted to play and, as I had no answer, he said “Would you like to be able to play it like this?” RIP, Julian, you have left a fine legacy.” – Andy Irvine

We are very sad to report that Julian Bream CBE (b. 1933), English classical guitarist and lutenist, died peacefully at home today, 14 August 2020. Julian had a distinguished and internationally renowned performing career, working with some of the 20th century’s most important musicians and composers. His catalogues of recordings for RCA and EMI Classics sit alongside his many BBC radio and TV appearances. His performing life is documented in the DVD ‘Julian Bream: My life in Music’, a compelling insight into this virtuosic and highly expressive musician during interesting times, and a piece of film of which he was very proud.

Julian entered the Royal College of Music in 1948, aged fifteen as a pianist and composer. He made his professional debut playing the guitar at the age of thirteen. He reclaimed the lute from historical obscurity in the 1960’s forming the Julian Bream Consort. He did more than anyone to place the classical guitar at the forefront of the professional classical music world, commissioning and performing the works of composers including Lennox and Michael Berkeley, Tom Eastwood, Giles Swayne, Alan Rawsthorne, Malcolm ArnoldRichard Rodney BennettBenjamin BrittenLeo BrouwerPeter Racine FrickerHans Werner HenzeHumphrey SearleToru TakemitsuMichael TippettWilliam Walton and Peter Maxwell Davies. He gave his last recital in 2002.

In 2008 Julian set up the The Julian Bream Trust to provide financial assistance for the less well-off, young and gifted music students and to continue the important work of commissioning new compositions for the guitar, namely Harrison Birtwistle, Leo Brouwer, Julian Anderson, and Olli Mustonen.

Benjamin Britten’s ‘Nocturnal’ is arguably one of the most famous pieces in the classical guitar repertoire and was written with Julian specifically in mind. This set of variations on John Dowland‘s ‘Come, Heavy Sleep’ was never more moving than in the hands of this most natural of musicians. A fitting way to remember Julian at this sad time.

Photo: Eamonn McCabe


Julian Bream CBE. RIP.