A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Melodies

Spend an evening with four world-class traditional instrumentalists exploring the raw, intricate beauty of Irish and Scottish melody. Shared Melodies is a deep dive into ancient repertoire, celebrating shared cultural resonances and distinctions between players. This concert is all about close listening and gradation, subtle musical dialects and breathing around the tunes. 

Aidan O’Rourke grew up in an Irish family in Argyll and learned fiddle in the West Highland style. He pushes the boundaries of Scottish fiddle idioms while remaining true to traditions. Brìghde Chaimbeul, who grew up in a Gaelic Hebridean cultural dynasty, has become the leading player of Scottish small pipes and a musician renowned for her lyrical intensity. Together, O’Rourke and Chaimbeul have a musical partnership that delves into the primal hypnotic qualities of ancient Highland music, as showcased in their acclaimed 2019 album The Reeling.

Cormac Begley is an Irish concertina player from a famed West Kerry musical family. He makes the instrument come to life, whether playing bass, baritone, treble or piccolo concertina. His visceral and holistic way of playing is hailed as a cultural reset for the Irish tradition. 

O’Rourke, Chaimbeul and Begley are joined by a special guest.

Part of the Edinburgh International Festival

Date & time: Friday 13 August 2021 | 20:00 (1 hr 15mins approx)

Tickets: £26 (Concessions available)

Venue: Old College Quad, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL


A Great Disordered Heart is presented in collaboration with the National Concert Hall of Ireland

Supported by Edinburgh’s Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh and Culture Ireland

13 08 2021
20:00 — 21:15 (1h 15′)

Edinburgh International Festival

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