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Sid Peacock's Surge Orchestra with Eimear McGeown, Niwel Tsumbu and Darren Milligan

Sid Peacock's Surge Orchestra with Eimear McGeown, Niwel Tsumbu and Darren Milligan 

Sat 4 May, 7:30pm  |  Main Auditorium  |  Admission free: pre-booking essential

A new project from composer and musician Sid Peacock brings together musical traditions of Ireland and features classical/Irish flautist Eimear McGeown, Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, and Ulster Scots piper Darren Milligan with his Surge Orchestra. Surge is a contemporary jazz, roots and folk orchestra that specialises in collaborations with musicians from all genres and cultures.

Expect a high energy performance from world-class performers laced with traditional styles and infectious grooves. The concert is commissioned by PRS Foundation and will feature support from the highly acclaimed When Traditions Meet project hosted by Culturlann and North West Community Partnership.











Eimear McGeown

Irish flautist Eimear McGeown has steadily built a reputation as being one of the world's most versatile exponents of both the classical and Irish flute. She has appeared as a soloist in North and South America, South Korea, Japan, China, The Philippines and throughout Europe.
Two of her most notable performances have been on BBC's Last Night of the Proms and the World Premiere of Dave Morris' Concerto in the Library of Congress in Washington DC. She has recorded with various artists on albums for Decca, Universal and Chandos Record labels and played on BBC Radio, Classic FM and RTE Lyric FM. Having performed for President Bill Clinton, Prince Charles and Prince Edward, Eimear received an invitation by Her Majesty the Queen, to attend a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her achievements in the Performing Arts.

Niwel Tsumbu

Moved to Ireland in 2004 from the Democratic Republic Of Congo Niwel Tsumbu has settled with his wife and three children and has quickly become a prominent face on the Irish music scene. He has been hailed as”an exceptional guitar player” by Europe’s leading online Jazz magazine Allaboutjazz and “enchanted” by the Irish Times. He has collaborated with many celebrated Irish musicians such as Sinéad O’Connor, Liam O’Maonlaí, Donal Lunny , Glen Hansard, as well as international stars such as Ma Xiaohui (Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon soundtrack), Senegalese legend Baaba Maal, Richard Bona, Nigel Kennedy amongst others.

Darren Milligan

Hailing from Derry/Londonderry Darren was the first piper to study on Newcastle University’s folk music course. Since returning to Northern Ireland he has been an active performer, educator and organiser on the tractional music and bands scenes. He is a member of the supergroup Sontas and organiser of the Walled City Tattoo.




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