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Published on April 2nd, 2011 | by Sinead Keogh


ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil: Classically Good Looking

While not being mature enough not to think that the word ‘pianist’ deserves a wee giggle every time, we do think we ought to give the nod to the upcoming classical music fest that is the ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil.

Happening at the RDS from April 4th – 16th tickets are a fairly fabulous €5 per day and there are a few highlights on the line-up that Culch are hoping to catch.

If you’re into strings (who isn’t?) the Aileen Gore Cup is being hotly contested by violinists, cellists, double bassists, harpists and even guitarists on April 14th at 12 and 2pm in the Concert Hall. On the same bat day and same bat channel, the Morris Grant €2,500 bursary (piano) is happening at 7pm. And the piece de resistance, the Gala Concert featuring some of the best of the Feis Ceoil competitors along with The Celtic Tenors, will happen in the Dublin Convention Centre on Saturday April 16th at 7.30pm.

If you’ve been known to sneakily station surf between Phantom and Lyric, drop in on this for an hour or three and relax your socks off (NB: it’s not our fault if you’re asked to put your socks back on). If you’d like some fun feis ceoil facts, and you know you would, the competition has been running since 1896 (which probably means that some of the classical pieces in the competition nowadays were actually modern when it started, mad Ted) and former competitors include James Joyce, who took a bronze in the Tenor Solo category back in the day. Talented little thing with his buke writing and his singing, wasn’t he?

Have a wee listen to this before you head off to wow your friends with your classical music factoids. It’s a comedy routine about Pachelbel’s Canon. Niche lols!



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Sinéad edits books for her real job. She has never met a punctuation mark she didn't like. She likes cheese (both kinds). She is a lip-biter and a knuckle cracker. She has made a list of 50 things to do before she dies - you're not on it. In particular, she looks after movies, comedy gigs and the Event of the Week series for Culch. You can email her if you want, she loves attention. sinead@culch.ie

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