The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance presents the virtual St. Patricks Day Fling featuring special guest Grammy-award winner Rhiannon Giddens

  • Students from the Irish World Academy MA Irish Dance (Pic Maurice Gunning)
Students from the Irish World Academy MA Irish Dance. (Pic: Maurice Gunning)

The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, presents a special virtual experience of music, song and dance, performed at University Concert Hall, for St Patrick’s Day. This unique concert will see performers from all over the world coming together, including very special guest, Grammy-award winner Rhiannon Giddens.

Giddens, an extraordinary American musician, who is a doyenne of the international folk scene won ‘Best Traditional Folk Album’ as part of the ground-breaking ensemble Carolina Chocolate Drops at the 2011 Grammys. She continues to have huge success in her more recent solo endeavours winning ‘Best Album of the Year’ at the International Folk Music Festival in 2016 and 2018, while also winning BBC 2 Folk Singer of the Year in 2016.

The Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Fling will also feature the spectacular Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre who will premiere an innovative triple aerial hoop system with their new Handful of Dreams. Internationally renowned aerialists Aisling Ní Cheallaigh, Jenny Tufts, and Dr Jennifer de Brún will perform, together with talented students from the Academy’s BA in Irish Music, BA in World Music, BA in Irish Dance, BA in Contemporary Dance, MA in Classical String Performance and MA Irish Traditional Dance Performance.

Celebrating all the creativity, talent and passion that the Irish World Academy has to offer, these world-renowned musicians, singers and dancers come together on the University Concert Hall stage, to create a performance full of joy, passion and festivity to celebrate a St. Patrick’s Day like no other!

This special event is a partnership between UL Global, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University Concert Hall and Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Limerick City and County Council.

This free concert will be available to view from 3pm on the 17th of March 2021 and can be accessed on YouTube here or via the websites/ social media platforms of all partners.

The St. Patrick’s Day Virtual Fling will also be launched in multiple time zones on March 17th as part of a UL Global initiative to connect with potential students, alumni and the wider diaspora in order to showcase all that the University of Limerick has to offer international students.

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