Sinéad Rushe's 'Concert' Receives the Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 2018 Award | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Sinéad Rushe's 'Concert' Receives the Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 2018 Award

Concert (c) Peter Hallward

Friday, 19 January 2018

Concert, a new dance theatre production directed by Central’s Senior Lecturer in Acting and Movement Sinéad Rushe, performed by Colin Dunne and sound designed by Mel Mercier is the recipient of Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 2018 Award for Musical Collaboration. 

The televised gala concert and award ceremony will take place in The Waterfront, Belfast on Sunday, 4th February 2018.

This is the twenty first year of Gradam Ceoil TG4 in Ireland, awards that celebrate and give due recognition to the recordings, broadcasts, live performances of the recipients and all that embellish Irish traditional music and song.

An independent selection committee of seven members nominate awards in
six categories: Gradam Ceoil TG4, Ceoltóir Óg TG4, Amhránaí TG4, Comharcheol /Cumadóireacht TG4, Gradam Saoil TG4 and Gradam Comaoine TG4.

Of Concert, Sinéad Rushe said: 

Concert explores the melancholic, idiosyncratic music of the iconic Dublin fiddler, Tommie Potts, who produced only one album in his lifetime, The Liffey Banks, released by Claddagh Records in 1972. Through the use of mobile, flying and hand-held speakers, a cassette tape player and a record-player, this co-creation and collaboration with Colin Dunne and Mel Mercier continues my on-going investigation of sound for live performance. We are delighted for this experimental, decidedly untraditional exploration of traditional music to receive recognition.”

Concert premiered at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and the Dublin Dance Festival in May 2017, produced by Maura O'Keeffe. It will tour internationally in 2018.

We are delighted for this experimental, decidedly untraditional exploration of traditional music to receive recognition.

Sinéad Rushe