Rothe House Museum & Gardens

Song of the Books | Kilkenny Arts Festival

Crash Ensemble return to Kilkenny for a series of free concerts in the atmospheric courtyard of Rothe House. The ensemble performs the Irish premiere of a major new piece by Northern Irish composer Ed Bennett, for cello, electronics and amplified ensemble.The work takes as it’s starting point material from the traditional Irish tune ‘Amhrán na Leabhar’ or ‘Song of the Books’ treating it in radical ways which move far away from the original song whilst retaining some of it’s familiar ghostly resonances. 

You can also catch Barry O'Halpin Crash guitarist and composer in residence's solo performance of his recent commission stridula, and screenings of Crash music videos. 

'Song of the Books' received it's premiere earlier in 2019 by Ellis and Decibel, which was written with assistance from the PRS Foundation Composer’s Fund and Bennett's recent ACNI Major artists award.