The Vespetine Quinet is starting a residency of collaborative concerts in Debarra’s Clonakilty on the last Sunday of each month through the winter.
Made up of five West Cork musicians (including two composing members), the quintet was born last winter as an idea by violinist Justin Grounds to gather some friends and play some sparse and wintery minimalist music by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds and Estonian Arvo Pärt. They put on a series of house concerts, gathering friends in houses in West Cork, sharing warm food and wine and playing their programme. Word soon got out and the quintet was invited to play to a sold out audiences at Glebe Gardens, Lissard House for the Skibbereen Arts Festival, and most recently at the Ballydehob Arts Festival.
In July, they hosted a unique concert in De Barra’s, collaborating with acclaimed local composer Clodagh Simonds of Fovea Hex, melding their soulful live strings and piano in new arrangements of her pieces.
Now they are embarking on a continuation of this theme — hosting a series called ‘A Night of Winter’ in DeBarra’s pub in Clonakilty, beginning on November 30 with special guests from the UK, Farewell J.R. The aim is to create a new kind of concert experience, crossing genres of early classical and baroque music with modern bands and artists, all in a cozy intimate setting on a Sunday evening — the perfect way to get through the winter. Other artists joining the quintet over the series include Dublin band Nanu Nanu, Choice Music Prize winner Adrian Crowley and iconic vocalist Maria Doyle Kennedy.
More information can be found at facebook.com/vespertinequintet.