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Preab Meadar: Rhythm and Rhyme

Sat 21 September, 8:00pm

An extraordinary performance of traditional music and toe tingling dance songs.

Veteran traditional music innovators, Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken, combine with sean nós dancers, Liam Scanlonn and Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáín, to create a mesmerising conversation of rhythm; between voice and fiddle, and traditional dance.Based on Lorcán and Daire’s ground-breaking newly composed suite of dance-songs, Preab Meadar, combined with specially choreographed dance steps, this performance presents a truly unique combination of vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions.

Preab Meadar is music of newly defined tune rhythms, in new ‘complex-time signatures’, created by Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Daire Bracken based on the meters of ‘strict-time-syllabic poetry’ from a medieval Gaelic tradition known as the ‘Dán Díreach’. From this ancient and mysterious source, a new tradition of electrifying rhythms has been created. 

Intrigued? Well wait till you see and hear it! Drawing on inspiration from old and contemporary traditions, and from village dance celebrations which were once common all over Europe; Rhythm and Rhyme , will give you a visual feast of toe tingling dance songs that will have your feet twitching and lips humming.


Lorcán Mac Mathúna 

Daire Bracken 

Liam Scanlon 

Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáín 


Approx duration 85 minutes including interval