Droichead Arts Centre Gala Fundraiser hosted by Gerry O'Connor

  • 22nd Mar
  • 20:00
  • €50 includes complimentary drink on arrival
  • Droichead Arts Centre, Stockwell Street
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Friday 22nd March

Special Gala Concert - Music and Songs from Louth and Beyond hosted by GERRY O' CONNOR

Expect an extraordinary evening of Traditional Irish Music and Song, hosted by Louth’s acclaimed fiddler Gerry O'Connor, featuring a wealth of national and international talent,  including special guests The Irish Rovers. The gala concert’s exceptional line up continues with Máire Ní Choilm, Kern, SJ McArdle, Niamh Parsons and The O'Connor Family. It promises to be a remarkable evening as these leading lights of traditional Irish music and arts join forces to contribute to Drogheda and the North East's leading arts centre.

The Irish Rovers are one of the most successful and enduring Irish music groups of all time. Established in 1963, they have been touring internationally for over 50 years, and have released more than 40 albums. Their huge success has been credited with the popularisation of Irish Music in North America and Canada and they are best known for their songs, "The Unicorn", "Drunken Sailor", "Wasn't That a Party", "The Orange and the Green", "Whiskey on a Sunday", "Lily the Pink" and "The Black Velvet Band". The band is also now honoured by EPIC Ireland Museum in Dublin as one of Ireland’s greatest music exports. Having played & toured with the band for many years, Gerry O'Connor is delighted to bring The Irish Rovers to his home county for their first ever performance in Drogheda. 

Niamh Parsons has come to be known as one of the most distinctive voices in Irish music, and one of the best balladeers and vocalists of her time.  Her earthy, sensuous voice has drawn comparisons to such venerated singers as Dolores Keane, June Tabor and Sandy Denny. The great Scottish balladeer Archie Fisher said of her, “a songstress like her comes along once or twice in a generation.”

Máire Ní Choilm is a multi-award winning Sean Nos Singer, who hails from the Donegal gaeltacht of Gaoth Dobhair, which strongly influences her style of singing, particularly her love of songs from Tory Island. Now residing in Co Louth, Maire has won Corn na mBan four times at the Oireachtas (1997, 2009, 2012, 2016), the Traditional Singing Competition at the Pan Celtic Festival, Féile na Mí Sean-nós singing competition and the All-Ireland Fleadh Competition.

Kern is a contemporary folk band who play a mix of songs and tunes from the band’s home county of Louth along with original material. The band's debut album, False Deceiver, has already garnered significant national airplay in Ireland (including RTE Lyric FM and Radio 1), including live appearances on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show and Raidio na Gaeltachta.  Kern have also released a single, “Till the Docklands Drown”, produced by Donal O’Connor (Ulaid, At First Light). The song was featured in the IFTA-winning Element Pictures movie A Date for Mad Mary. The band has toured extensively in the past year and in 2018 won the TradFest Temple Bar Showcase and has performed at the largest Irish festival in America, Milwaukee Irish Fest.  As well as upcoming dates in Canada and Germany, the band is completing its second album which will be supported by an extensive Irish tour in 2019.

As well as being a member of Kern, SJ McArdle is a songwriter and musician and is hailed as "the man with the most distinctive voice in Irish music". As the 2018/19 Artist in Association at Droichead Arts Centre, SJ has been composing a song cycle around the deep and rich history of Drogheda's Port and will premiere a selection of these new songs for the first time.

The O'Connor Family concert was one of the highlights of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, so we are thrilled that Gerry will be joined by some of his family once again on the Droichead stage.  Gerry O' Connor, one of the most outstanding fiddle players of his generation, was presented with a Bardic Award by Comhaltas Ceoiltoiri Eireann at the Fleadh, for his outstanding contribution to traditional music. Many individual members of the family are known throughout the world and have brought the music of Co. Louth and the Oriel region to international stages for many decades. This is a unique opportunity to see them perform together in their home county.

Droichead Arts Centre is a major cultural hub in the North East, welcoming an audience of over 30,000 in 2018. The multi-disciplinary arts venue and gallery in Drogheda hosts live music, international cinema, award-winning theatre & contemporary art exhibitions. It is the also the home of the Droichead Youth Theatre, one of the most active and successful youth theatres in Ireland. It is a much loved and much used resource for the people of Drogheda and as a registered charity, the art centre is reliant on funding, grants and local support to continue its work. The centre provides an ambitious Outreach Programme for children and young people including free workshops in schools during our Leanbh Children’s Festival and in the gallery for secondary schools. The Centre also hosts a wide range of free interactive events, tours and workshops throughout the year, ensuring that access to arts and cultural work is freely available and accessible to all children no matter their circumstances. The funds raised from this Gala Concert Fundraiser will go directly towards this Outreach Programme.

 

 


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