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Galway Early Music Festival

Here is the whole ABC with Ruth Cunningham, relaxing on the porch at our February “rehearsal camp” in Sonoma County. Ruth flew in from New York City to spend a couple of days of intensive preparation for our trip to the Galway Early Music Festival.

We are very excited to be returning to Galway for the festival. Charlie Byrne’s Books! Sheridan’s Cheese! And a dynamite line up of events at the festival.

Galway Early Music ( is a not-for-profit voluntary arts organization in Galway, Ireland. They were founded in 1996 with the goal of promoting both Irish and European music of the 12th-17th centuries. The flagship production of Galway Early Music is the festival at the end of May. The festival incorporates workshops, an instrument maker exhibition, theater aimed at children, and main stage events with artists such as Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence King, Red Priest, Sequentia, and many other wonderful ensembles. They highlight Irish performers such as Siobhan Armstrong, Malcom Proud, Malachy Robinson and others.

Galway itself is a city bursting with the arts in all forms. Among other things there is a robust busking scene and several outstanding theater companies, such as the Druid and Moonfish Theatre. This year it is a European Capital of Culture with events happening all year. And Ireland now has The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra in addition to many other excellent early music manifestations.

So, book your tickets and come to the festival with us!

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