Ensemble Dagda bring the best of music from the 17th century to vibrant life in the 21st century, using the evocative sounds of original instruments and a creative and playful interpretive approach. With a variety of sounds, the ensemble mixes passionately expressive baroque sonatas and merry dance movements for strings and harpsichord with some of the most moving sacred and secular works for soprano with violins and continuo, covering composers including Buxtehude, Purcell and Isabella Leonarda. Ensemble Dagda is comprised of young Irish musicians who have studied in countries including Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the U.K. Different incarnations of the group have been invited to perform at the prestigious West Cork Chamber Music Festival and East Cork Early Music Festival. They have also given well received concerts in Cork, Dublin and Helsinki with focuses on works by women composers in the baroque period, and early Italian music.
We are Ireland’s newest and coolest HIP (Historically Informed Performance) band. We are HIPsters to the core and proudly take late night shopping trips to procure much needed avocados, goji berries, chocolate almond milk and more. Kieran likes ramen, Emma is Vegan, Caitríona bakes like no other and Norah is… well…odd. You’ll find us in the classroom, on the stage, in a yoga studio, on a mountain or on the farm. You might even find Emma in a dance hall. Our concerts are rockin and all because we have the best audiences in all the world. Without ye we are nothing guys!
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