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National Concert Hall Celebrates International Women’s Day with ‘Notes from a Quiet Land’

March 1, 2021

As International Women’s Day approaches, Notes from a Quiet Land, supported by Arthur Cox, invites some of Ireland’s most exciting female voices in music and word to reflect and respond to the silence of empty streets, venues and lives led inside, as we collectively navigate our current way of living.  

Robert Read CEO of the National Concert Hall said: “An important part of the NCH’s remit is to encourage and engage artists in the presentation of new music and works, whilst also providing a platform for it to be performed and heard. At this time of crisis, the NCH is pleased to have the opportunity to offer a platform to support new and leading female voices, particularly as we approach International Women’s Day, to offer their musical and literary response to the times we live in. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsor Arthur Cox and presenting partners Culture Ireland, Davy and The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for their ongoing support”.

Geoff Moore, Managing Partner of Arthur Cox said: “As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, we are delighted to partner with the National Concert Hall to support Notes from a Quiet Land, which bring together some of Ireland’s most exciting female artists. Arthur Cox has a longstanding commitment to diversity and the advancement of women in the firm. We look forward to celebrating this unique event which champions female voices and supports the arts in Ireland”.

The remarkable cast includes one of Ireland’s most prolific artists and entertainers, Maria Doyle Kennedy. Described as, “truly one of Ireland’s greatest vocalists,” she was also listed as one of Ireland’s greatest film actors by the Irish Times last year. Gemma Dunleavy is a singer, songwriter and producer, whose latest EP ‘Up De Flats’ is a love-letter to her north inner city Dublin roots. It was also nominated for RTE Choice Prize Song Of The Year. Fehdah is a future-afro soul vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the frontline of the emerging Irish hip hop and electronic music scene. Aoife Nessa Frances is a singer-songwriter and musician from Dublin whose debut album ‘Land of No Junction’ (released in January 2020) has received widespread critical acclaim. 

Anne Enright is one of Ireland’s leading writers publishing over a dozen novels, short stories and a non-fiction, exploring themes of family, love, identity and motherhood. Her latest books include Actress (2020), and No Authority: Writings from the Laureateship (2019), written during her tenure as the first Irish fiction laureate (2015-2018). Tara Flynn is an actor and writer in theatre, radio and TV and has been a vocal campaigner for equality and reproductive rights, receiving Amnesty Ireland’s award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights in 2018. Annemarie Ní Churreain is a poet from the Donegal Gaeltacht, who was Writer in Residence at Maynooth University of Ireland (2019-20) and Artist in Residence at The Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris (2020). Her publications include Bloodroot (Doire Press, 2017) and Town (The Salvage Press, 2018). Felispeaks is a Nigerian-Irish poet, performer, playwright from County Longford. Her stirring Covid poem, Still, has provoked immense reactions. 

Notes from a Quiet Land, supported by Arthur Cox, will be livestreamed and available to view for free on Saturday 6th of March 8pm from NCH YouTube and social media channels and will be available to view for up to 48 hours after the performance. 

Notes from a Quiet Land, supported by Arthur Cox, is curated by Sinéad Gleeson (author of Constellations) and Gary Sheehan (NCH). It is presented in  collaboration with Culture Ireland, Davy, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. 

Free to View from National Concert Hall YouTube and Social Media Channels, Saturday 6th March 2021, 8pm 

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