ATLANTIC RHYTHM MUSICIANS AND DANCERS PERFORM TO GREAT ACCLAIM AT ITALIAN FOLK FESTIVAL

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ATLANTIC RHYTHM MUSICIANS AND DANCERS PERFORM TO GREAT ACCLAIM AT ITALIAN FOLK FESTIVAL

Seven members of the Atlantic Rhythm Productions group have performed to great acclaim in Blessano, Italy at the prestigious Danzerini Udinesi Folk Festival from 1st – 4th September. Musicians Kyle Hampson, Róisín Croinin and Elisha Leonard who between them play the accordion, flute, tin whistle, bodhran and guitar, accompanied dancers Lisa Lavelle, Shannon Gallagher, Aoife Kelleher and Laura Naughton in the beautiful Udinese region of Blessano, in Northern Italy, close to Venice.



Atlantic Rhythm are the first Irish group to ever perform at this event, and Ireland were well represented with two world champions in the delegation – Lisa Lavelle and Laura Naughton who have achieved success on the world stage with The Moffatt School of Irish Dancing and the Naughton Academy of Irish Dance respectively. Atlantic Rhythm performed three shows across the four days and had great fun mixing with dance groups from other countries while representing Ireland at this event.



Sheila Moffatt, Director of Atlantic Rhythm Productions, shortly before the trip, said: “We’re really looking forward to this trip, as it provides us with a unique opportunity to build relationships abroad and promote Ballina and North Mayo areas to an international audience. We are also hoping that in the future it will lead to visits from other international groups to Ballina.”



The Atlantic Rhythm group have recently performed at a number of high-profile events in the region, including Ballina Salmon Festival’s National Heritage Day, the recent visit of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to Crossmolina ( see photos below ) and at the welcome reception in the Ballina Manor Hotel for 53 Irish-American visitors from Cleveland, Ohio, who spent six nights in Mayo with CIE Tours.



The Danzerini Udinesi festival is organised by the Folklore Group, who aim to promote popular popular folk music and dances by researching the historical roots and traditions of their own land. The group was born in 1963 and has exhibitions in various Italian locations, and participates in national and international folklore festivals.

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