On Tuesday, May 12th the Tipperary Excel will host Irish early music group Tonos - this free musical evening is part of the Bealtine Festival.
The band comprises of Róisín O’ Grady (Soprano) and Eamon Sweeney (Baroque Guitar) and specialises in the little-known repertoire for voice and early guitar. The group’s performances feature a unique blend of Irish and European music from the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries from diverse sources as Claudio Monteverdi, Turlough O’Carolan, John Dowland, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Henry Purcell and Traditional Irish music.
Tonos particularly enjoy juxtaposing Early Irish music with works by contemporaneous English and continental masters: highlighting common threads and distinct differences.
The employment of Irish harpers at many European royal courts during the Renaissance and Baroque periods inspires their repertoire and the group like to investigate how Irish and European music may have cross-fertilised. Tonos’ music appeals to a large cross-section of the concert-going public, attracting audiences who enjoy classical music, early music, Irish music, vocal and guitar music.