Projects & Residencies

The Pipes The Pipes Donal Dineen Crash Ensemble Jonathon Nangle The Leitrim Equation

The Pipes The Pipes

The Pipes, The Pipes commissioned by The Dock premiered in January 2015.  It subsequently went on to tour as a sell-out show at the RHA Gallery for the St. Patrick’s Festival Dublin and yet another sell-out show at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris in October 2015. It will return to The Dock for one performance during the summer of 2016.

Devised by pioneering DJ, music curator Donal Dineen and three exceptional uilleann pipers,  Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry and Maitiú O Casaide, the work included a live response by Paris based visual artist and videographer Lionel Palun who responded to the music’s mesmerising soundwaves by conjuring live images that were projected behind the performing musicians in real time.

The commission presented an opportunity to celebrate the county’s strong tradition of piping with a fresh perspective, while at the same time celebrating this very distinctive instrument in its own right.  The Pipes, The Pipes was an extraordinary opportunity to work with and appreciate the power, beauty and sound of the pipes and to celebrate them as a cornerstone of Irish cultural identity. 

It featured in RTE TV highlights of St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin and received a rave review in the Journal of Music.  The commission was funded through the Arts Council’s Music Commission programme



Pause by Jonathon Nangle performed by Crash Ensemble

Pause by composer Jonathon Nangle was the third Dock commission of 2015. This new work  was premiered at The Dock by Crash Ensemble in October 2015.   The Dock commissioned Jonathon Nangle to write this piece of music for Crash Ensemble and to incorporate a visual element to accompany the music, in addition to a gallery show exploring the interplay between music and visual installation.  ‘Pause’ formed part of Crash Ensemble’s ‘Born in the 80’s’ show, featuring new music from Irish composers in their 20’s and early 30’s.  The work has also been performed at ‘Tempered’, Belfast’s inaugural contemporary music weekend in November. This commission was funded through the Arts Council’s Music Commission programme.



The Leitrim Equation

The Leitrim Equation Traditional Music project in association with The County Leitrim Arts Office

In 2006, Leitrim County Council Arts Office with the support of the Arts Council devised a programme called ‘The Leitrim Equation’. The idea behind the programme was to invite a traditional Irish music band to spend time in Leitrim. Over the course of a year and a half, the band would visit the county for three days every couple of months, meeting and playing with local musicians and playing in community settings as well as conventional venues.

Since the projects inception The Dock has played a central role in the propcess through assisting in the development of the various collaborations as well as providing a space for rehearsals and performance.

At the end of the residency, a CD would be recorded which would be representative of that time spent in the county. This process would celebrate music in Leitrim and of Leitrim. It would contribute to the professional development of musicians and act as a focal point for the development of music in Leitrim generally.

Lúnasa became the first Band in Residence and in 2009 Dervish took up the baton where Lúnasa left off.  For the third residency, three legends in Irish music, Dónal Lunny, John Carty and Séamus Begley were invited to come together, discover and interpret Leitrim tunes and songs, to play with musicians they met, and to share their vast knowledge and experience with the next generation of Leitrim musicians. During their time in the county, they would develop a new sound for themselves born in Leitrim. This fourth Leitrim Equation group of 2015  features the musical prowess of Leitrim musicians Eleanor Shanley, Padraig McGovern, Dave Sheridan and John McCartin who have been joined over the last number of months for this production by Donal Lunny, poet Vincent Woods and Sean Nos dancer Edwina Guckian.

The project has resulted in four CD albums being recordered.  Copies are available to buy from The Dock and other venues throughout the county.