If you enjoy traditional music, song and dance, then your pulse will be racing at “Pulses of Tradition”, which returns to Triskel Christchurch at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork from June until September 2013.
What is unique about this show is that it not only embraces the traditions of the past but also celebrates the contemporary side of what is very much a living tradition, by looking at various forms of ‘trad’ through the ages from soft shoe and tap dancing, to sean-nós and ballads, and the various uses of traditional instruments. The audience even gets to sing along at times and it is all seamlessly woven together with multi-media via a cinema size screen which provides a captivating backdrop for the performers.
In its initial run last year, the show received standing ovations, sell out performances and rave reviews which included, ‘This is the best traditional music show we’ve ever seen’, ‘Pulsating, exciting and a must see in Cork City’, ‘Multi-talented, genuine, original and fun’ and ‘superbly talented’.
It has since gone on to receive international acclaim having streamed a live video broadcast of a performance to 30,000 people on the street in San Francisco as part of the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and receiving numerous standing ovations during a recent tour in France. Pulses of Tradition is undoubtedly a must see show this summer for young and old, visitor and locals alike.
Created and produced by Brian Morrissey, staged by Corcadorca’s Pat Kiernan and commissioned by Cork City Council, the authentic multi-media production is a thrilling journey of Irish traditional culture featuring internationally recognised Irish musicians on the banjo, bodhrán, accordion, fiddle, guitar, piano and tin whistle, alongside outstanding performers including lead dancer Andrew Vickers and singing sensation Elaine Cormican. The cast have genuine ‘trad’ credentials and a passion that is truly contagious, which is only further enhanced by the stunning setting of Triskel Christchurch.
Cork is now well established as a hub for Irish traditions with other events including the annual Folk Festival and the regular Lee Sessions that take place in pubs throughout the city centre and this is something which Cork City Council is keen to promote.
Those who have not yet experienced this vibrant and authentic celebration of traditional Irish music, dance and song are advised to get their tickets before they are all snapped up.