Dermot Dunne has been a regular performer throughout Ireland, Europe and the USA. He took masterclasses in Belgrade (Serbia) during the war followed by several years at the Kiev conservatory in the Ukraine. His time in Belgrade remains a subject close to his heart.

Dermot is a much sought-after musician who specialises in contemporary music for the classical accordion. He plays with various chamber groups and orchestras including the RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, Crash Ensemble and Concorde.

The musical score also comprises prepared piano (Ailís Ní Ríain), violin (Elaine Clarke – Leader of the Irish National Symphony Orchestra) and the vocals of Bosnia’s leading Sevdah singer Amira Medunjanin.

Sklonište Tour Tickets Autumn 2016
20th October – FACT, Liverpool – Liverpool Irish Festival
22nd October – Mill Hill Chapel, Leeds
23rd October – Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge
21st November – Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
22nd November – IABF, Manchester
23rd November – Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, Bradford
24th November – Stan’s Cafe, (theatre) Birmingham

9th February 2017 – The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris
16-19th March 2017 – Sarajevo Irish Arts Festival

SKLONIŠTE (Shelter; Bosnian)

Sarajevo, 1996. The city is under siege. Sniper fire kills civilians every day. The citizens of Sarajevo run to avoid being shot.  They run for one thing: shelter. Sklonište (shelter) was spray-painted throughout Sarajevo to guide its citizens to underground shelters. The siege lasted 1,425 days.

An alternative reflection on the longest siege in modern warfare – 13,952 were killed. Expect the surreal, the tragic and the humour of a people determined to survive.

“Sklonište pays respectful homage to the people of Sarajevo, a timely reminder of how the horrors of war impact on innocent civilians. An excellent musical recital, Dermot Dunne’s discordant accordion playing lent a disturbing sense of immediacy. It’s discordant soundtrack, ever truly evoked a strong response.”  – The Irish Examiner

Combining the experiences and motivations of international aid-workers and the surrealism of war; Sklonište premiered at the Dublin Tiger Fringe Festival 2015 with accordionist, Dermot Dunne (Ireland), original music/concept Ailís Ní Ríain (England/Ireland), photography by Jim Marshall (Scotland/Sarajevo), stories from Sarajevan citizens plus contributions from Patrick Ketch (Ireland), Elma Serdarevic, Amar Custovic, Amira Medunjanin and Elma Jucovic (Bosnia).

Audience Responses

‘Ni Riain has composed a work which is serious, engaged, authentically post modern – but which still manages to be lyrical, melodic and deeply moving.’
“Thought provoking”
“I had misjudged the accordion! Wow.”
“I loved the black humour”
“Beautifully paced and the music was just right”
“Succinct, balanced”
“Very, very moving and not what I expected at all”