Selected Poems by Joan McBreen featuring commissioned original music and arrangements by Glen Austin. 

The Mountain Ash in Connemara audio CD will feature the RTÉ Contempo Quartet performing a selection of original music compositions with arrangements of traditional Irish airs for string quartet by composer Glen Austin. Joan McBreen's readings of her poetry will be interspersed by this music. 

The original compositions and arrangements were recorded by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet at Sun Street Studios, Tuam, County Galway, on the 17th, 18th and 19th of February, 2014. 

The Mountain Ash in Connemara audio CD was released at a celebration concert at Listowel Writers' Week, County Kerry, on Thursday May 29th in the Listowel Arms Hotel. The RTÉ Contempo Quartet premièred some of the music composed and arranged by composer Glen Austin for The Mountain Ash in Connemara CD at this event. Throughout this concert Joan McBreen read her poetry which was accompanied by this music. The following concerts will also take this format.


Music from The Mountain Ash in Connemara will be performed by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet at the International Yeats Summer School, Sligo on July 31st at 1pm in the Methodist Church.

A third concert will be performed by the RTÉ Contempo Quartet at Clifden Arts Festival on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 1pm in The Church of Ireland, Clifden, County Galway. 

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The cover image for The Mountain Ash in Connemara courtesy of photographer Walter Pfeiffer.

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Sept 19th 2015 : Broadside Launch: ‘The Mountain Ash’ by poet Joan McBreen

August 19, 2015

Broadside launch of ‘The Mountain Ash’ by acclaimed poet Joan McBreen, illustrated by print-maker Margaret Irwin. This special edition will be launched by great friend of the Festival, Des Kavanagh. A handmade letterpress broadside of the poem with a specially commissioned etching by Margaret Irwin and published by Artisan Press.

19/09/2015 @ 5:00 pm

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May 1st 2015 - Connemara Mussel Festival : The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet perform music from The Mountain Ash in Connemara at 6pm in Church of Christ the King, Tullycross, Renvyle, Co Galway.

March 22, 2015

RTÉ ConTempo Quartet will perform all the music composed and arranged by composer Glen Austin for The Mountain Ash in Connemara album at The Connemara Mussel Festival. Throughout the concert this music will be interspersed with readings of selected poetry from the CD by Joan McBreen. Mountain Ash Poster Mussel Festival Mountain Ash Programme Mussel Festival The Connemara Mussel Festival 2015 will take place from Friday 01st May - Sunday 03rd May on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula in North Connemara. The festival, now into it's 10th year will have professional chefs demonstrating the cooking of mussels and other local produce. The amateur and celebrity mussel cooking competitions are a major hightlight but there are plenty of other activities too. Some...

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March 21st 2015 – RTÉ Radio 1, The Mountain Ash in Connemara on The Poetry Programme

March 22, 2015

Rick O’Shea explores the diverse and vibrant world of poets and poetry. We talk to poet Joan McBreen and musician Glen Austin as they discuss their recent collaboration with RTÉ Contempo Quartet on The Mountain Ash in Connemara CD. We also listen to tracks from the CD ‘The Mountain Ash in Connemara’ and find out about forthcoming performances. [A Rockfinch production for RTÉ.] The Poetry Programme Saturday 21 March 2015

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November 28th : The Mountain Ash in Connemara will be performed by RTÉ Contempo Quartet at The Granary in Limerick City at 1pm.

November 27, 2014

RTÉ ConTempo Quartet will perform all the music composed and arranged by composer Glen Austin for The Mountain Ash in Connemara album at this event. Throughout the concert this music will be interspersed with readings of selected poetry from the CD by Joan McBreen.  

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November 30th : The RTÉ ConTempo Quartet perform music from The Mountain Ash in Connemara at The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin at 12 A.M. Noon .

November 27, 2014

RTÉ ConTempo Quartet will perform all the music composed and arranged by composer Glen Austin for The Mountain Ash in Connemara album at this event. The concert will feature music by Joseph Haydn and it will be interspersed with readings of selected poetry by Joan McBreen.

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Poetry Reading 2014 - The Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney

November 09, 2014

The Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney is delighted to present a reading with poet Joan McBreen on 13 November 2014 at 5.45 pm Joan shall read a selection of poems from her collections of poetry including The Wind Beyond the Wall (Story Line Press, 1990), A Walled Garden in Moylough (Story Line Press and Salmon Poetry, 1995) and Winter in the Eye - New and Selected Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2003). Venue - The Boardroom, Consulate General of Ireland Level 26, 1 Market St, Sydney, NSW 2000 Irish Consulate Sydney      

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The Mountain Ash in Connemara - Cliften Arts Week 2014

August 26, 2014

Cliften Arts Festival 2015: The Mountain Ash in Connemara

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Yeats Summer School: The Mountain Ash in Connemara

July 01, 2014

Yeats Summer School presents the launch of the audio CD The Mountain Ash in Connemara, featuring poems by Joan McBreen and original music and arrangements by composer Glen Austin.

 

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