October 2023

America Nova – An Evening of A Cappella Music inspired by American Culture

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Ireland’s premier contemporary a cappella ensemble and An Táin Arts Centre’s vocal ensemble in residence bring their America Nova programme to Dundalk. Featuring music that has been influenced by, or has directly influenced, American culture over the past century.

This beautiful concert features the debut solo performance of the Ardú Apprentices – seven of the most talented ensemble students from Dundalk Institute of Technology – who have been working with Ardú throughout the year.

Accompanied on piano by Brian Connor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra, the wide-ranging repertoire includes well known music by the likes of Billy Joel, Ben E King and Jeff Buckley, all arranged for Ardú’s unique sound.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 at 8pm in St. Nicholas’ Church, Dundalk. Tickets €15/12 available from antain.ticketsolve.com

Ardú Vocal Ensemble is one of Ireland’s premier vocal groups. Established in 2013, Ardú have pioneered the genre of modern a cappella in Ireland, performing to sold out audiences at venues such as Hugh Lane Gallery, National Maritime Museum, The Button Factory, Freemasons’ Hall and Unitarian Chuch. Ardú have also performed at the London A Cappella Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2015 Ardú released their debut full-length album which has recieved airplay on RTÉ Lyric FM and BBC Radio Radio Ulster as well as international playlists. 2016 Saw the launch of Ireland’s A Cappella Competition, devised by Ciarán Kelly and hosted by Ardú. 2017 sees Ardú take up a position of artists in residence at An Táin Theatre, Co. Louth.

Ardú Apprentices will comprise of some of the finest young singers currently studying at DKIT in Dundalk. They will perform at several concerts with Ardú throughout 2017 as part of Ardú’s residency at An Táin Theatre, giving the young singers a true experience of professional singing and an opportunity to showcase their talents nationwide.