The Dubhlinn Gardens

Irish Music from the 18th Century

The flautist Anna Besson and tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen share a passion for traditional Irish music. They give this passion free rein in The Dubhlinn Gardens, an evening spent among the upper class in 18th century Dublin.They combine cheerful baroque music with Irish folk tunes.

The programme includes music from Orpheus Caledonius, The Beggar’s Wedding and Charles and Samuel Thompson’s Complete Collection of 200 Favourite Airs.

Reinoud Van Mechelen, tenor
Anna Besson, baroque flute
Myriam Rignol, viola da gamba
Sarah Ridy, harp
Loris Barrucand, harpsichord

20:15 — 22:00

Cultural Centre Mechelen

50% Irish folk music
25% baroque
15% ballads
10% whisky

Cultuurcentrum Mechelen

18 euro (-26: 12 euro)

Enjoy a whisky-tasting session with Het Anker

Get right into the Irish mood and take a guided tour of De Molenberg distillery. Discover the rich history of the old miller’s house and find out how award-winning Belgian whisky is made there today. The tour ends with a tasting session. The visit lasts approximately 1 hour.
Tickets: 10 euros
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Introduction by Anna Besson

Anna Besson will give a free introduction to the programme in English at 19:00 in CC Mechelen. The Dubhlinn Gardens emerged from Anna’s passion for traditional Irish music. She has cherished this passion since the age of nine. Incidentally, it was the traditional Irish flute that led her to the traverso, and not the other way round. Before she began to play the traverso, she had been to festivals where she learned Irish melodies from fantastic flautists such as Emer Mayock, Eamonn Cotter, Mary Nugent and many others.