Martin Tourish to join NoCrows for Swiss and German dates in Oct/Nov 2021

Altan MT1We’re absolutely delighted to join forces with our admired accordionist and good friend Martin Tourish for the Swiss and German dates next month. For those of you interested in his career, here is an extract of his biography:

Martin Tourish

Martin Tourish is an accordionist, composer, author and producer from Co. Donegal. Listed in The Rough Guide to Ireland as an accordionist of note, he was named ‘Young Musician of the Year’ by TG4 in 2008.

In 2014, Martin was awarded a PhD for his research into style in Irish traditional music. Shortly after, he became a member of the band Altan, with whom he performs internationally. Since then, he has recorded with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, played venues such as The Royal Albert Hall with The Chieftains, The Grand Ole Opry with Altan and Ricky Skaggs, Vicar Street with Patti Smith, the O2 Arena with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and presented an episode
of the traditional music television show Geantraí.

As a composer, his music has been performed by amongst others: Altan, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, The Contempo Quartet, Martin Hayes, Paddy Moloney, Triona Marshall and by many fine Trad Orchestras in Ireland.

As an author, he edited Altan: The Tunes (2015), the largest collection Donegal repertoire currently in print, his books of arrangements, published by Universal Edition are available worldwide in multiple languages and he contributed a number of articles to the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland.

As an educator, for many years in partnership with the National Concert Hall, Martin designed and managed The Art of Tradition, a national traditional music outreach programme for schools. Later in 2021, he will launch Martin Tourish Accordions in partnership with Bompezzo. This radical redesign of the piano accordion is the result of a long process of experimentation focusing on the stylistic challenges and possibilities of Irish traditional music. Other current projects
include the curation of an archive of traditional material from North Roscommon spanning the past 500 years, the online facsimile publication of the nineteenth century James Tourish Collection, a large-scale work for brass-band and trad orchestras, and a new work for trad orchestra and spoken word based on the medieval Cerdd Dant system, first codified in Glendalough in the 1100s.

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