Each artist stretches the other’s narratives in spoken and unspoken airs, finding solace in the unexpected places between. Tom’s poetry draws on the traditional arts, folklore and rural Irish life; he writes vividly about traditional music, the people who play(ed) it, and the context in which it lives. As a traditional fiddle player, music archivist and researcher, Danny’s compositions bring a corresponding unconventional sensitivity to a similar sphere that informs Tom’s work.
A unique What To Bring When We Leave publication of photography, poetry and music has also been published to accompany the performance.
“Seldom does a musician utterly inhabit a tradition while still expressing him or herself with such originality.” Irish Times [on Danny Diamond]
“French’s ability in each of his books, is to find a way into such places, where the “beautifully executed wounds” are shown for what they are.” John McAuliffe [on Tom French]
This is a Solstice Arts Centre commission creatively produced by Belinda Quirke
Danny Diamond is a fiddle player, composer, and recording engineer based in Dublin. In his music, Danny creates a unique sound-world, rooted in the rich heritage of Irish traditional music, while also incorporating...Read More
Tom French has received bursaries in literature from An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Ireland, in 1999, 2009, and 2016, and his work was awarded the inaugural Ted McNulty Prize. His first...Read More
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