Yonit Kosovske & Julie Comparini on tour in Ireland 1–12 March

Water­shed is a new song cycle for voice and piano inspired by the nat­ur­al bod­ies of water and land in Ireland’s mid-west region and along the Atlantic coast. With music by renowned Irish com­pos­er Ailís Ní Ríain and text by Kil­laloe res­i­dent and poet Jes­si­ca Brown, it is a song cycle inex­tri­ca­bly root­ed in place and in nature. Cen­tral to the song-texts—which are tak­en from Jessica’s superb col­lec­tion, And Say (Revival Press, Lim­er­ick 2019)—are themes informed by the writer’s per­son­al inter­ac­tion with water and the sur­round­ing land­scapes in coun­ties Clare and Tip­per­ary. Musi­cians Julie Com­par­i­ni and Yonit Kosovske will per­form this new work in sev­er­al venues through­out Ire­land in ear­ly March 2022.

The Water­shed song cycle was com­mis­sioned by Yonit with fund­ing from the Arts Coun­cil Music Com­mis­sions Award in 2020. The Water­shed CD, pro­duced by Now and Then Media, was released in Novem­ber 2021 and fea­tures the song cycle, poet­ry read­ings, and field record­ings of sound­scapes along and near Lough Derg in Coun­ty Clare. Both the Water­shed album and Jessica’s poet­ry col­lec­tion will be avail­able for pur­chase at the live per­for­mances. The CD is also avail­able on Band­camp (click on SHOP above to purchase).

Read about the pre­miere per­for­mance here.

Watershed concert dates: 

Tues­day 1 March 1.15pm: St Mary’s Cathe­dral, Lim­er­ick (PREMIERE)
Wednes­day 2 March 1.00pm: Emi­ly Ander­son Con­cert Hall, NUI Gal­way
Sat­ur­day 5 March 7.00pm: St Caimin Church of Ire­land, Mountshan­non, Co Clare
Sun­day 6 March 12.00pm: Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
Tues­day 8 March 1.00pm: Find­ing a Voice, Old St Mary’s Church, Clon­mel
Thurs­day 10 March 1.10pm: Maynooth Uni­ver­si­ty, River­stown Hall

Sat­ur­day 12 March 1.30pm: St Canice’s Cathe­dral, Kilken­ny
The con­cert in Kilken­ny has been post­poned until Sep­tem­ber 2023.