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Tower Theatre

Irish World Academy of Music & Dance

University of Limerick

Wednesday, 13 February, 6.45pm

Admission Free

Join singer Caitríona O’Leary and drummers Mel Mercier, Andrea Piccioni, Francesco Turrisi and Noel Eccles on an exploratory journey through traditional Irish song. Sean nós songs and ballads, straight-up and deconstructed, intertwine with traditional Irish, Italian, Indian and Javanese percussion to give listeners a new and exciting musical experience.


Deirdre O’Leary brings more sonic colours to the tonal palette with her lyrical bass and Bb clarinets, while dancer Michael Cooney adds physical movement to the mix, dancing duets with the voice.


Devised by Caitríona O’Leary, drumsongs is an innovative project that brings together exceptional artists from a variety of musical backgrounds and cultural perspectives to create a unique experience that expands the boundaries of traditional Irish music as it is performed today.


Caitríona O’Leary, voice

Mel Mercier, bodhrán, bones & diverse percussion

Andrea Piccioni, frame drums

Francesco Turrisi, percussion

Noel Eccles, percussion

Deirdre O’Leary, bass & Bb clarinets

Michael Cooney, dance


Made possible by a Deis grant from The Arts Council

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