Creative Connexions ; Ireland and Catalonia

Bruel / Coisir Ceoil .. a celebration of the Irish and Catalan


In  January 2013 a musical connection was made between Bruel and Coisir Ceoil and a performance was celebrated in Sitges in March at the inaugral Irish Catalan Arts Festival, under the direction of Caroline Wynne, Arts Scope and founder of Creative Connexions 


A return visit to Dun Laoghaire was made in May 2013 and a third collaboration was recently made at Catalan Arts Centre, Barcelona 




Creative Connexions  plans to increase an awareness of quality Irish and Catalan culture through the medium of visual arts, literature and traditional and contemporary performances. By creating partnerships, through creative working links, a more focused awareness of the range and expertise of Irish practitioners will nurture an appreciation of Irish culture on a world platform. By hosting reciprocal events in both Catalonia and Ireland, Creative Connexions will offer work opportunities between both cultures, of a more developmental nature than that of a once-off presentation. Creative Connexions as an annual event will increase an awareness of Ireland's high calibre artists and performers both at a professional working level and as a key event in Ireland's cultural tourism cross-cultural calendar.


"Coisir Ceol": Gerry O'Connor, fiddle, Desi Wilkinson, flute, Martin Quinn, accordion, Roisin Chambers, fiddle and vocals, ,


"Bruel" : Anais Falco, fiddle, Xavier Rota, guitar and vocals, Angel Laguna, pipes.


The project works closely with DIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble and many more informal sessions and events are in the planning stage  . . .      Festival Director: Caroline Wynne, Artscope.






I am an Irish fiddle player, music producer and label owner of Lughnasa Music. Please check out on my projects page the various activities I am presently involved in;  these include performing, teaching, arranging and producing.


 A selection of CDs are available from the Store, including Lá Lugh, Skylark, Journeyman and all more recent projects on which I am working: Oirialla, Jig Away the Donkey and a live Duo album with longtime musical partner, Breton guitarist Gilles le Bigot .


The long awaited album Bilingua by Eithne Ní Uallacháin is now available at Gael Linn label. Please visit Eithne's website for lots of photos and details abouth Eithne's life and her music. 


Recent developments include the publication of Cathal McConnell's song collection "I Have Travelled this Country" and, in collaboration with Fintan Vallely, we have created a mixed media one hour concert presentation of Fintan's  "Companach", the definitive Encyclopedia of Irish Music.


I continue to play as guest musician with  the wonderful White Raven vocal trio  and the celebrated and highly successful veterans of the Irish folk music scene The Irish Rovers. Check out these activities under Projects. 


I also manage a business in Violin Restoration and Sales under O'Connor Violins.


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