But amid the headlining presences of veterans like Dónal Lunny, Mick Flannery, Valerie June and Donal Dineen are some of the country’s most exciting independent musical prospects, billed across Cyprus Avenue and the Green Room of the Opera House over the course of this weekend.
“I write in a way that gives clear responsibility to the musicians I work with. Some of the compositional ideas are simple limitations that become an environment for the interpreter to create, within a compositional framework. Each musician brings a large amount of presence and authority to the performance of a piece of music, and in doing so together, we create a unique collective moment that we experience at once, and never again in the same way. No Man Can Tell was recorded with musicians that are more than equipped to deal with the challenges of real-time music-making (or improvisation for short) and what we made together is something that I’m very proud of. Since releasing the album almost a year ago, we have toured Ireland extensively, and now look forward to bringing new music and new ways of making it happen into more people’s lives throughout the next year, at home and further afield.”
“Even better, the brilliant Caoilian Sherlock, will be opening the show. Caoilian was one of the first people I knew when I moved to Cork in 2017. I actually think he, along with Aisling O’Riordan, hosted my very first show in the county of Cork, down in Connolly’s of Leap in 2016. The whole festival looks to have a great line-up, and I’m planning to head to a few other shows when I’m down there.”
Right Here, Right Now festival happens on the weekend of February 21-23 at venues across Cork city. For more information, check The Echo or head to @RHRNFest on Twitter, and search for the festival across your social media.