The Song of the Trees

In his dusty workshop the cello maker seeks the voice inside the wood as he carefully carves the timber. He patiently plies his tools sharing magical stories of his ancient craft with his musician friend. Ebony from Africa, maple from Romania and pine from the hills of Italy, each piece of wood carries the song of its home. His friend shares music from each land as they both search for the song of the trees

The Song of the Trees is a new and original performance piece combining live music and storytelling directed by Marc MacLochlainn who devised the piece with the performers, celebrated cellist Neil Martin and the legendary Little John Nee. Original score composed by Neil Martin.

This is a co-production between Branar and Music for Galway commissioned for Cellissimo. Supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Galway County Council and the AIB Community Fund.

Branar and Music for Galway wish to thank the pupils from Merlin Woods Primary School, Scoil Chroí Íosa, Cong National School and Scoil Naomh Caomháin for their input in exploring the theme Home/Baile during the development of this piece and luthier Youenn Bothorel for introducing us to his work and workshop

Production Team
Little John Nee
Performer & Composer
Neil Martin
Director & Set Design
Marc Mac Lochlainn
Michael Foley
Set Builder
Tony Reed
Stage Manager
Debbie Wright
Assistant Stage Manager
Anna Corcoran
Costume Design
Miriam Donohue
Executive Producer
Joanne Beirne
Line Producer
Niamh Ní Fhlatharta
Engagement Producer
Orla Henihan
Poster Illustration
Maeve Clancy