Sligo Live at the Hawk’s Well
This October Bank Holiday, the Hawk’s Well Theatre will once again be a host venue for Sligo Live. The festival kicks off at the theatre with An Evening with Paul Brady on Friday the 28th of October. This gig was instantly sold out due to Brady’s popularity as a concert artist. There are, however, many other opportunities to experience great live music at the Hawk’s Well during this weekend.
On Saturday the 29th of October at 8pm, Mairtin O’Connor, Cathal Hayden & Seamie O’Dowd take to the stage. Individually recognised as figureheads of the tradition, they have built solid reputations as masters with astounding skill, diversity and virtuosity. Together they produce a vibrant and musically charged experience that redefines one’s concept of brilliance, verging on perfection. They will be joined on the night by RANT, a four-person group of Scotland’s finest fiddle players; Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl. Hailing from the Shetland Islands and the Highlands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for.
On Sunday, October 30th at 8pm, Lynched and Sara Watkins perform a double bill at the theatre. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. A live TV appearance on Later With Jools Holland has seen this bands popularity soar in recent months. Sara Watkins is a singer-songwriter and fiddler from California. Founding member of Nickel Creek along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile, this multi-instrumentalist has three solo albums to her name. Also a member of the critically acclaimed trio, I’m With Her, this incredibly talented musician returns to Sligo as part of Sligo Live.
During this weekend of fantastic live music, the theatre will run its new Chanter & Strings programme. This music tuition and performance programme has been created by the Hawk’s Well Theatre in association with Music Generation Sligo, Sligo Academy of Music, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and Na Píobairí Uilleann, with support by the Arts Council of Ireland.
On Saturday, October 29th, from 11am to 1pm, Music Arrangement with Seamie O’Dowd will explore arrangement and harmony for mixed melody instruments. The workshop will provide a rare and insightful opportunity to learn from one of Sligo’s own music maestros. Tickets are 15 euro and are available from the Hawk’s Well box office.
Between gigs and workshops, the Hawk’s Well Theatre is set to provide a great musical experience for fans of live music and musicians alike during this year’s Sligo Live. Tickets are available from the Hawk’s Well Theatre Box Office on 071 916 1518 or www.hawskwell.com