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The De Cuellar Suite - Celtic Fringe Festival

  • Grange Grange, County Sligo, F91 KP27 Ireland (map)

The De Cuellar Suite composed by Michael Rooney tells the story of Captain Francisco De Cuellar who was one of the few survivors from the three Armada ships that floundered on Streedagh Strand, County Sligo in 1588. The suite follows the journey of the Armada from Spain to the naval battles in the English Channel and to their perilous voyage north around Scotland and Ireland. De Cuellar’s experiences and struggle to survive, as he makes his way from Streedagh through north Sligo and Leitrim and eventual escape to the Spanish Netherlands, inspired many of the compositions which marry both Irish and Galician music tradition. 10 master musicians bring this suite of music to life in Grange.