Saltarello Trio – TOUR


An odyssey of sound and time.

A lot can happen in a thousand years. Traveling a millennium in one performance might seem like a bit of a challenge, but Saltarello Trio manage it with gusto. This musical journey, presented by Garth Knox,Sylvain Lemêtre and Agnès Vesterman,somehow traces a clear musical line from Hildegard Von Bingen to David Fennessy, stopping along the way to admire the work of Dowland, Vivaldi and Purcell, not to mention an extraordinary arrangement of the folk song Black is the Colour, entitled ‘Black Brittany’.

No strangers to Irish audiences, the three members of Saltarello have been trailblazing the world of classical and contemporary music for years. For this outing they soak-up the colours and textures of folk music to hatch arrangements full of wit and feeling. They highlight connections and similarities that exist between century-wide soundworlds, and present it in an immensely enjoyable programme.

The trio’s gorgeous swirling string lines and razor-sharp percussion helps reimagine old music, proving a good tune speaks to us all, regardless of language, no matter the age. Come along and experience this odyssey of sound and time.

Garth Knox –medieval fiddle | viola d’amore | viola
Sylvain Lemêtre –percussion
Agnès Vesterman –cello


Hildegard von Bingen – Ave Generosa
Guillaume de Machault – Tels rit au matin
Medieval Dances arr. Saltarello
‘Love songs’
John Dowland – Flow my tears / Henry Purcell Music for a while
Antonio Vivaldi – Largo and Presto from Concerto for viola d’amore in D minor, RDV 393


Marin Marais – Folies D’Espagne for viola d’amore and cello
Black Brittany (traditional tunes) arr. Saltarello
David Fennessy – 3 Hofer Photographs for solo cello
Gérard Pesson – Tafelmusik for solo percussion
Garth Knox (b. 1956) – Song from the sea for trio
Garth Knox – Galway Green (Music Network Commission)  

“A mesmerising tour-de-force”– The Irish Times

 “Hearing such timeless songs in Knox’s arrangements is to hear them as it they were always intended for these instruments” –Limelight Magazine (Australia)

 “Superb, earthy playing” – The Guardian


28/02 DERRY – Ulster University Music @ One Series HERE
29/02 PORTSTEWART – Flowerfield Arts Centre HERE

Further tour dates hosted by Music Network can be found HERE 

Facebook event HERE