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Kaleidoscope Night makes its debut at the Belltable



Pictured above are several of the musicians and artists involved in the Kaleidoscope Night salon concert series. Kaleidoscope Night

Exceptionally composed music based on a poem by Michael Coady, a collection of poems by James Joyce and stories narrated by Peig Sayers will be performed in Limerick for a ‘unique’ event as part of the upcoming Literary Festival.

Kaleidoscope Night, a regular ‘salon concert series’ which runs monthly in Dublin, is presently touring the country, adapting its programme for the variety of venues it will call to along the way.

In terms of the Belltable event, the music series contains pieces by composers all praising a link to Limerick, none more so than native son and Riverdance composer Bill Whelan and his surrounding of music to a work by Carrick-On-Suir poet, Michael Coady, called A State of Light.





Soprano Collette Delahunt will conduct the piece and the RTE Con Tempo Quartet, who also feature on Anne Marie O’Farrell’s take on Pomes Penyeach, a song cycle of poetry from James Joyce autobiographical series of poems of the same name. The piece was composed in Mary Immaculate College, who Anne Marie is composer in residence, last year and features the composer herself on harp, Ms Delahunt and the RTÉ Con Tempo Quartet.

Guitarist and composer Dave Flynn – of the Clare Memory Orchestra – is responsible for completing the carefully curated line – up for Kaleidoscope Night. Stories From The Old World, based on four stories as narrated by the famous Blasket Islander, Peig Sayers, with each story set to music with string quartet accompaniment and uilleann pipe interludes.

Co-curator Lioba Petrie says the concert series is “specifically tailored for Limerick, so it is going to be a really unique, one off event”.

“It is going to be really exciting and for each stop on this tour, we have tried to bring in a local element – so all of our composers have a link to Limerick,” she said. “They each have a connection to the west or Limerick and we wanted to bring that local element, which is really interesting for us and it means that each stop on the tour is completely unique – so it is a special event.”

The series has  been given arts council support to go on tour, leaving regular haunt of the Bello Bar in Dublin, while it has also appeared at most major Irish art and music festivals.

Ms Petrie says the main aim is to “present classical music in a relaxed environment.

“As we are on tour, every single venue will be slightly different and it is the intimacy and close promiximity to the performer that is really important to us. There is not really a stage, so the audience can really experience what is going on, rather than being slightly removed from it.”

Kaleidoscope Night will take place on Thursday, February 25 at 8pm. See for bookings.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.