of Music at St. Barrahane's Church

tel. +353 (0)28 33752 / +353 (0)86 226 4797  Jacqueline Weij

St. Barrahane's Church Castletownshend,

(8 km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51


Saturday 5th August 2017


The Ensemble Dagda




Giovanni Felice Sances - 'Accenti queruli' from Cantade, Libro II

Michel Farinel - Divisions on Mr. Faronell's Ground

Henry Purcell - The Plainte 'O let me weep' from The Fairy Queen

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer - Sonata Quarta from Sonatae Unarum Fidium

Heinrich Biber - Passacaglia from the Mystery Sonatas (for solo cello)

Barbara Strozzi - L'eraclito Amoroso

Antonio Bertali - Ciaccona

Encore: Divisions on Greensleeves to a Ground from John Walsh's The Division Flute


Bringing seventeenth century music to vibrant life in the twenty-first century, Ireland’s newest and coolest period instrument band, Ensemble Dagda was formed in 2014 by Caitríona and Norah. Its members have been brought together by a mutual love of Hipster food, early music, cups of tea, knitting and a desire to bring to life lesser heard works of the baroque era. Ensemble Dagda is comprised of young Irish musicians who have studied in countries including Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the U.K. Core members include Artistic Director and Baroque Violinist Caitríona O'Mahony, Soprano Emma Power, Harpsichordist Kieran Finnegan and Managing Director and Baroque Cellist Norah O'Leary.

Ensemble Dagda has been invited to play in varying incarnations in the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and East Cork Early Music Festival, as well as the Kaleidoscope Night concert series in Dublin and Encanto Salon Series in Helsinki. They have given very well-received concerts around Cork County, focusing on seventeenth century repertoire and works by women composers. Their particular love, highlighted by their tagline ‘ An áit a bhfuil do chroí is ann a thabharfas do chosa thú ’ (your feet will bring you to where your heart is) is in bringing concerts to venues outside major city-venues in varying places around the Irish countryside, from newly built arts centres to some of Ireland’s most historic and atmospheric churches.

The ensemble are passionate about education and making music accessible and engaging to everyone; they were recently granted sponsorship by Cork County Council and enabled by West Cork Music to bring workshops to primary and secondary schools around Cork city and county, introducing students to historical instruments, and the style and contexts of music they play.

They take their name from Irish mythology, and were inspired by the magical harp which was played by Dagda, the king of the Tuatha de Danann.