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Pop Up Trad – GPO Museum

11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.15 pm, 3.15 pm, 4.15 pm
Photograph of exterior of the General Post Office (GPO)

Step inside the walls of the iconic GPO and witness the events of the 1916 Easter Rising that transformed a nation. Witness Ireland’s history from revolution to modern times dramatically unfold before your eyes as you encounter live performances from acclaimed trad musicians Rachel Duffy and Tim Doyle.

Rachel Duffy is a harper from Bray, Co. Wicklow. She has a keen interest in the harp’s history and is currently completing a PhD at Technological University Dublin on the 20th century development of Irish harping. As a performer, she has appeared at festivals in China, Spain, Germany, Scotland and Wales and plays regularly with groups including Na Cauci, Triad Trio and the National Folk Orchestra. She enjoys teaching the harp in Wicklow and Dublin and working with harp ensembles at Bray CCÉ and TU Dublin. She will co-direct An Chúirt Chruitireachta, Cairde na Cruite’s International Harp Festival for the first time in summer 2023.

Tim Doyle is an uilleann piper, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Tim is an uilleann piper with both the National Folk Orchestra and the Macalla Orchestra. He released the duet album ‘Scáthanna’ with fiddle player Fiona Nic Conmara in 2017 and the duo have performed nationally and internationally. He has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, visiting countries such as Cuba, Brasil, Canada and the USA in a performer/teacher capacity. Tim has also performed music for live theatre, and recently he was the live musician in DruidGregory, a Galway 2020 commission by Druid theatre and frequently collaborates with Carpet Theatre for site specific shows.  He regularly collaborates with the arts company 'Artscope' both nationally and internationally. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by Téada Orchestra, Téada Piano trio (NCH 2017/18) and the Rithim Orchestra both at home and abroad. He has also performed and/or for younger audiences, including a show for babies ‘Baby Loves Music’ and ‘The Hill of Tunes’ as part of Ruaille Buaille, Lucan and the Tradoodle Festival. Tim is currently a music educator with Music Generation in Wicklow and Carlow and lectures in music performance and production at the Bray Institute of Further Education.


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