Eamonn Quinn, Artistic Director of Louth Contemporary Music Society, introduces the 2022 of their popular midsummer festival of new music, returning after a three-year gap with a trio of world premieres


The midsummer festival returns to share beguiling and ever-glowing new music after a three-year gap.

Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) is delighted and relieved to be back with its midsummer festival, running on 17 and 18 June 2022 in Dundalk, County Louth.

Nothing has Changed. Everything has Changed is the title for the festival. It feels as if we are all emerging tentatively, taking small steps to redo what we did so effortlessly before.

Like every one of us who has been fortunate to survive the pandemic, we emerge into a world which seems familiar yet some of our certainties and sureties have been eroded. More than any time before we need each other to come out of this period of isolation to heal.

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Listen: Catherine Lamb's Muto Infinitas

One of the great things about LCMS' past festivals is the communal experience of listening together, of walking to different venues, of discussing what we have just heard with everyone equal and no affectations. Nothing has Changed. Everything has Changed will allow us all to do just that.

Allow us to be curious and experience the music together. Allow us to wonder at the new works from Gavin Bryars, Andrew Synnott and Siobhan Cleary, all composed during this period. Allow us to be uplifted by young Sam Perkin’s Flow and to lie in Linda Catlin Smith’s rich Meadow. Allow us to experience the electricity and heat from improvisors Bára Gísladóttir and Skúli Sverrisson listening to each other in the wonderful Spirit Store at Dundalk Harbour.

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Watch: Bára Gísladóttir and Skúli Sverrisson in concert

Allow us to think about philosophy and what it has to say about difficult times. Allow Vincent Woods to show us what cannot be said. Allow us to immerse ourselves in the deep sounds of Catherine Lamb. And finally, allow us to feel the healing balm of Arvo Pärt’s Da Pacem, among other choral gems on a Saturday evening in Dundalk. Surely that is enough.

Art can help – especially new art, if we allow it to do its work.

Louth Contemporary Music Society’s midsummer festival Nothing has Changed. Everything has Changed will run on 17th and 18th June 2022 in Dundalk, County Louth - find out more here.