‘Follow the Tune’ – four-day music event taking place in King House, Boyle

Presented by Artscope, ‘Follow the Tune’ will follow and present the cultural footprint of music and song in the area of North Roscommon. Each performance will celebrate the rich cultural landscape that, over centuries, has been the backdrop to some of the most powerful and loved pieces of music in the Irish canon.

Over four days, ‘Follow the Tune’ will create a microcosm of the wider North Roscommon music landscape – within and around King House – through live music, audio/visual posts, conversations, lectures and a general sharing of legacy. The events will range from concerts curated by some of the top musicians in the country (such as John Carty, Cathy Jordan and Martin Tourish), to concert workshops for students and adults alike. For those wanting a more in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, lectures and discussions will be held in advance of concerts.

Having worked with the Arts Office of Roscommon County Council in 2021 under the Covid confines of Phase 1 and 2 of the Local Live Performance Scheme between August and December 2021, Artscope produced twelve ‘Follow the Tune’ films and many recordings of local music. These recordings will also be used over the weekend and will form the foundation for which the audiences begin their journey into appreciating the music and songs of the area.

So, join us as we present the story and the music of local areas such as Lough Key, Boyle, Eastersnow, Croghan, Corrigeenroe, Elphin, Keadue, Ballyfarnon, The Curlews and more.

The event commences on Wednesday, May 18th, with Cathy Jordan (Dervish) performing songs of Roscommon. On Thursday, May 19th, Martin Tourish (Altan) will give a keynote address entitled ‘On Local Ground: The Music of North Roscommon’, leading the audience into a concert. Then, on Friday, May 20th, half a millennium of local music will be celebrated, with the four-day event culminating in Matt Molloy and John Carty performing in concert on Saturday, May 21st.

Music Generation Roscommon has also joined forces with ‘Follow the Tune’ and will have their students and tutors immersed in the events. The event is funded by Roscommon County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports, and Media under the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

For full details and bookings visit us on artscope.ie/follow-the-tune. Follow us on Twitter at @Artscopel, Facebook at Artscope, and Instagram at @artscope_events.