Music from the Heart

Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr

Special Guests: Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr

Wednesday February 20 • 8pm • Admission €5

The February session of the Clé Club promises to be a memorable night with two superb artists – Síle Denvir and Barry Kerr.

Originally from Indreabhán in the Connemara Gaeltacht, Síle Denvir is a highly talented sean-nós singer and harpist. A founding member of the group Líadan, she has also been very active in the FairPlé campaign to promote gender equality in folk and traditional music.

Síle is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes and is the presenter of the programme, Sean-Nós, on TG4. She has a particular interest in Irish-language song in a modern context and in 2008 Cló Iar-Chonnacht published her book Ciarán Ó Fátharta – Amhráin, an edition of songs composed by the Connemara songwriter Ciarán Ó Fátharta.

Síle has a BA in Music and Irish from NUI Maynooth, an MA in Irish from NUI Galway, a Graduate Diploma in Music Education and an MA in Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick. She also received her PhD from the University of Limerick in 2012. She is currently employed as a lecturer in Dublin City University.

Joining Síle is the multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and painter, Barry Kerr. Originally from Armagh but now based in Dublin, Barry is, in the words of his musical contemporaries, “ridiculously talented.” A sympathetic accompanist on guitar or a wonderfully gifted lead on flute or uilleann pipes, Barry possesses an irrepressibly volcanic level of creative energy as a maker of music, song and visual artworks.

His latest project, Continuum – as its title suggests – integrates his painting and his music in a unique exhibition with an impressive line-up of quality performers, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Pauline Scanlon, Niall Hanna, Niamh Dunne and Seán Óg Graham, as well as Síle and Barry. The event takes place in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre on March 30.

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