The Dubhlinn Gardens

Irish Ballads and Dances for Dublin Aristocracy

Monday 26. 07. 2021 | 20.00 Troja Chateau, garden
U Trojského zámku 1, Praha 7
With intermission


Anonymous songs
The original Black Joke, sent to Dublin
Ah, the Poor Shepherd’s Mournful Fate
Jack Latine
Eileanoir a Rùn (sean-nós)
Ellen a Roone
Ailen Aroon, an Irish ballad sung by Mrs Clive at ye Theater Royal
Teague The Irish Trooper
Will ye go to Flanders
Mister Creagh’s Irish Tune, The Hawk of Ballyshannon
Anna, a Particular Favourite Irish song
Moggy Lawther
An Buachaillin Bàn – Donald Og
Hunt the squirrel – A reell for Jannie – Up wi’t Ailey
My Nanny O


Anna Besson – flauto traverso, flauto piccolo, musical direction
Sarah Louise Ridy – Irish and Baroque triple harp
Myriam Rignol – viola da gamba (discantus and bass viol)
Loris Barrucand – harpsichord


In the middle of July, the Chateau of Troja will likely soak up so much sun that it will long for shady gardens, green gardens, Irish gardens... The group A nocte temporis will draw us into their midst with a soothing programme of old Irish songs, ballads and dances that will evoke the entertainments of Dublin’s aristocratic courts and castles.


This remarkable repertoire will be brought to us by an ensemble whose hallmark is a true passion for traditional Irish music: the outstanding tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen, the flautist Anna Besson, who succumbed to the Irish flute long before she first picked up baroque flute, or the renowned harpist Sarah Louise Ridy, who plays the beautiful Celtic harp.


The very titles of the songs evoke their delightful qualities – An Buachaillin Bàn or Eileanoir a Rùn (Eleanor, my secret love)… According to Irish newspapers of the period George Frideric Handel had declared enviously that he would rather have written the folk ballad Ailen Aroon than everything else he had composed up to that point...

In case of bad weather, the concert will be held instead in the Imperial Hall of Troja Castle.


Troja Chateau, garden

U Trojského zámku 1, Praha 7

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Partners of the concert

With the kind support of the Embassy of Belgium – The Delegation of Flanders in the Czech Republic and in collaboration with the Prague City Gallery.