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Strabane Brass Band returns to The Alley Theatre for 'The Third River' livestream event

01 October 2021
Last Wednesday, the Alley Theatre was delighted to welcome Strabane Brass Band back to the stage after 18 months for a very special intimate concert entitled 'The Third River'.
The event involved a collaboration of music with Strabane Brass Band, Music Generation Laois and Music Generation Carlow live-streamed from Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise, GBS Theatre in Carlow and from the Alley Theatre. Together a wonderful hour-long cross-genre concert took place, aimed at promoting new music, new partnerships and shared culture and heritage across the island of Ireland, North and South.
An ensemble of over 40 young brass, wind and traditional musicians and the Strabane brass players showcased their own talents, taking part as individual groups and, in a few weeks, in a collaborative ensemble that will premiere a newly commissioned and exciting cross-genre composition by Martin Tourish from Ballybofey in Co. Donegal. 
During the evening, the Strabane Brass Band dedicated their performance of 'Water of Tyne' to their good friend and supporter of the band, Brian Devine, who sadly passed away earlier this year. 
Tommy Barr, Strabane Brass Band, commented: "Myself and the band were so pleased to be performing back in front of an audience and to be back in the Alley Theatre. 
"We are delighted to be part of this collaboration and through this project we aimed to inspire and bring young people together to perform new music as well as enhancing our relationship and partnership with Carlow and Laois.
"If you weren't able to make it on the night, you can watch the performance here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo2dJXNGL0w or on the Alley Theatre Facebook Page."