The Music Makers – The craft of music at the Linenhall

The Music Makers is a music and film performance piece celebrating the creativity and skill involved in traditional music-making, from the actual making of musical instruments to the performance of traditional music on those very instruments. In the show, which takes place at the Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar on November 10 at 8pm, live music is interwoven with film footage of the craft workers as they fashion the instruments being played.

The Music Makers features footage from award-winning film-maker Myles O'Reilly taken in the workshops of four County Mayo instrument makers: violin maker Graham Wright; bow maker Gary Leahy; mandolin and guitar maker Brian Lofthouse; and uilleann pipes maker John Butler. Performing live in the show are four outstanding traditional musicians; Julie Langan (fiddle ), Finbarr Naughton (fiddle, mandolin ), Brian Lofthouse (guitar, mandolin ) and John Butler (uilleann pipes ).

The Music Makers is an innovative performance piece, presenting the breadth of skill and creativity involved in music-making. It is not a feature length film with a sound track, nor is it a guide to instrument making; rather, it is a visually and aurally stunning celebration of instrument and music-making. It provides a chance for audiences to see the inner workings of instrument makers' workshops, and gives some insight into the skill involved in bringing an instrument into being. In so doing it promotes a greater understanding of the wider context in which traditional music is made possible. The Music Makers also showcases some of the highly skilled traditional musicians and instrument makers based in Ireland today.

For information and booking call 094 902 3733.


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