Blas is proud to present a number of events open to the public each year, ranging from free lunchtime concerts to ticketed evening events. Keep an eye here for updates on Blas 2021 public events and check out past performances below!
Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill
Wednesday 1st July, 2020, 8pm
Theatre 1, Irish World Academy
Tickets €15 / conc. €12 (free to all registered Blas students)
Tickets available: https://blasmaighreadandtriona.eventbrite.ie
Sisters Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill belong to a renowned singing family originally from the Donegal Gaeltacht. The unique style and repertoire of traditional singing they represent so gloriously, comes down to them through generations of the Ó Domhnaill family. Added to this is their distinctive unison and harmonic interpretations of Donegal songs and their fluent and accomplished singing to instrumental accompaniment.
Tríona (who was a member of one of the most influential groups in contemporary Irish traditional music, The Bothy Band) is a skilled keyboard player of piano, clavinet and harpsichord and also a composer and arranger of traditional material. With their brother, the late Mícheál, a fine singer and instrumental player, they formed the seminal traditional group, Skara Brae in the late 1960s. It was through this group and its one recording, now a classic, that the regional songs of their native Donegal were introduced to a wide audience both in Ireland and abroad.
In 1999, the two sisters recorded the album Idir an Dá Sholas with Donal Lunny. A few years later they combined their talents with two other Donegal women Moya Brennan (of Clannad) and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (of Altan) to make an album under the title T with the Maggies.
This concert will feature Maighread and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill as a duo. Their live performances are unforgettable heart-rending events. The sound of their solo and combined voices is indescribable but lingers in the memory forever.
North Atlantic Fiddle Convention
Wednesday 24th to 28th June, 2020
This year, Blas will run in conjunction with the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention which will be held in the Irish World Academy and venues around Limerick City. NAFCo combines a festival with an academic conference, featuring interactive workshops, public lectures, and daily concerts. This means registered Blas students will have even more opportunity to engage with performers from around the world and take part in more concerts and public events than ever before! Keep an eye here for more updates on NAFCo concerts.