Barrow River Arts Festival 21st to 23rd April 2017

Barrow River Arts Festival 21st to 23rd April 2017

“……..There was a growing sense of pleasure and excitement as the Festival continued with the very best atmosphere of friendly interaction with audience and performers and a very palpable delight from visitors….” – Tim Thurston ….writing about the 2013 Festival.

Still going strong – For lovers of music, art and literature the 6th Barrow River Arts Festival brings together an eclectic mix of classical, folk, traditional music and jazz alongside readings from Samuel Beckett and exhibitions of contemporary art work all in the delightful, intimate spaces of Borris House.

Celebrating the 70th birthday of Barry Guy – world renowned free jazz improviser, composer and one of the founding directors – this latest festival continues the tradition of creating a meeting place between Irish artists and invited guests from all over Europe.

Inspired and sustained by the river from which the festival takes its name and the countryside around it, so rich in natural resources and creative energy, we aim to delight, amuse and excite our audiences and performers alike with a weekend of stimulating, varied and intriguing events.

ART – The festival starts on Friday evening, heralded by David Power playing the Uilleann Pipes, with the official opening of the art exhibitions which continue through the weekend. The art work on display shows works by

Alastair Proud –whose falcon soaring in a rather menacing south west Wales sky you might have already seen on our advance publicity

Bernadette Kiely – whose paintings and drawings depict landscape elements and other natural phenomena of the river Nore and its environs

Clotilde Peters – whose photography explores the boundaries to painting

A display of artefacts will showcase artisan luxury from the edge of Europe – curated by Pat McCarthy and Mark McCall of CELTSIUS


Friday evening sees the first concert of the festival

❖ Songs from the Mediterranean – performed by Savina Yannatou with Francesco Turrisi – piano and Barry Guy – bass

Saturday’s events feature

❖ the amazing Flamenco/Buto dancer Sonia Sanchez together with Agusti Fernandez – piano and Ivo Sans – percussion

❖ a recital by Irish soprano Sylvia O’Brien and guitarist/composer Benjamin Dwyer of Spanish songs and works by Fernando Sor, Federico García Lorca, Manuel de Falla, and the world première of a new song cycle by Dwyer entitled Sobre los Ángeles on poems by the Spanish poet Rafael Alberti

❖ the BEYOND TRIO featuring Jurg Wickihalder on saxophone with Barry Guy – bass and Lucas Niggli – percussion

Sunday’s music is in a more classical vein

❖ Camerata Kilkenny with Swedish soprano Maria Keohane will perform arias by J S Bach and Swedish folk songs

❖ Barry McGovern will join us once again reading from Samuel Beckett

❖ Please note that in place of our previously advertised programme with violist Nathan Braude we would like to announce that the great English violinist Priya Mitchell will join Russian pianist Polina Leschenko in a programme of music by Mozart, Schnittke and Schumann. Further information on our website