This year's Allingham Concert promises another wonderful night of entertainment with our guest reader Anne Enright and performances from Niall Gallagher, Niamh Currid, Siobhán Calpin, Amy Gillen and a headline set by Kieran Quinn.
Kieran Quinn will take to the Abbey stage to headline our Saturday night Allingham Concert. Over the past number of years, Kieran has developed a strong musical brand beyond his home-town of Sligo. His now-renowned theme nights showcase a wide range of Sligo’s musical talent and often feature up to 60 musicians led by Kieran himself. Kieran will be joined by guitarist/vocalist Gerry Grennan to power through an exciting and truly varied set, featuring songs and instrumental pieces, from jazz through contemporary all the way to traditional Irish. www.kieranquinn.ie
Amy Gillen is an astonishingly talented young musician, and there simply isn't room enough here to list all her achievements. Amy will perform both classical and Irish pieces for flute on the Abbey stage for the Allingham concert, accompanied by Niamh Currid. Currently the co-principal flute in the Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Amy is just about to begin her third year in her degree, so we're very lucky that she will have the time to make an appearance at Allingham 2016!
Siobhán Calpin’s first appearance on stage in the Abbey Centre was in the Ballyshannon Musical Society’s production of The Sound of Music at the age of nine. She grew up singing traditional, folk and show songs and participated widely in shows, Fleadhs, Feiseanna and song contests throughout Ireland. She went on to study music in UUJ and voice in London before returning to Ireland as a UCD Choral scholar. Music has subsequently remained a passion in her life. This will be her first time to sing in Ballyshannon for many years and she is delighted to be home.
Siobhán will be accompanied by local virtuoso Niamh Currid.
Niall Gallagher will perform a number of songs from well-known musicals.
Niall studied music and has taken part in many college productions, including the recent Opera Excerpts concert and the colleges recent production of Offenbach’s ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’, where he played the roles of Mercury, Morpheus and Minos.
Niall has worked with Opera Ireland. In their productions of Gounod’s ‘Romeo et Julliette’, Bellini’s ‘Capuletti e i Montecchi’ most recently in their final performance of Puccini’s ‘Tosca’. He has also performed with Lyric Opera over the years, and recently appeared in their production of Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’. Niall is also a member of the Dublin Youth Opera Company and has performed in their inaugural tour ‘Thicker Than Water’, and their current tour ‘Big Brother’. Niall is currently in rehearsals for “All Wrapped Up” which will take place in the National Concert Hall on December 3rd 2016.
Niamh is no stranger to the Allingham Festival or Ballyshannon audiences, so we're delighted that she's making a return to the Abbey stage on Saturday night to play accompaniment to Niall Gallagher, Siobhán & Seanan and Amy Gillen...which just goes to show how versatile Niamh is!
Niamh is a graduate of Cork School of music and also studied with the Royal Irish Academy of music also holds a diploma from Trinity College London.Niamh currently lives in Bundoran. She teaches music in various primary schools,gives private piano tuition. Niamh accompanies choirs, soloists and instrumentalists.
Niamh has been involved with Ballyshannon Musical Society as Musical Director for many years and has also Directed musicals for various schools both primary and secondary level. She has written piano pieces as underscores for original Drama works and hopes to get them published one day!
Niamh is delighted to be involved in the Allingham Festival and looks forward to accompanying on the beautiful piano in the Abbey Centre.