From Our Home To Yours
The Hawk’s Well Theatre is making available once again, one of their most popular streamed series. From Our Home To Yours celebrates musical talent from the creative bubbles in Sligo. Families who are featured in this unique celebration include Seamie, Rory & Stephen O’Dowd; Niamh Crowley & Family; and Michael Rooney & June McCormack.
In addition to the treat it is to watch these gifted families perform, the streamed event also includes engaging interviews with the artists on the central role music plays in their professional and personal lives.
Seamie, Rory & Stephen O’Dowd are well known faces around the Sligo and Irish music scene. Although usually active in their own musical pursuits, Seamie and his sons have been playing more frequently as an acoustic trio in recent times, successfully bringing their music beyond the lively pub jams around Sligo into a theatre setting on a number of occasions, as well as appearing on T.V. This performance captures the synergy of their individual influences and demonstrates why the O’Dowds are held in such high esteem at home and abroad.
An experienced recitalist, Niamh Crowley has worked with many renowned performers including Dervish, Stephen Rea, Brian Kennedy, Mary Black, Matt Molloy, Eddi Reader and Liam O’Flynn. She now adds her two girls Róisín & Meabhdh and son Eddie to that impressive list of collaborators. Niamh's husband Robert Fitzpatrick also loves to perform and makes a welcome cameo appearance in this uplifting concert.
Michael Rooney & June McCormack complete the show. A special performance from this husband and wife duo also known as Draíocht, the veterans of the traditional Irish music scene and have substantial musical credentials. They have already achieved great things individually, including major awards and two acclaimed recordings. They have toured extensively as Draíocht, having performed throughout the States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Together as Draíocht, Michael Rooney and June McCormack have recorded two CDs: ‘Draíocht’ and ‘Land’s End’. They are currently recording their third studio album.
June Mc Cormack comes from Ballintogher, Co Sligo and was recipient of the TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 1998. A primary school teacher by profession, June has published two Irish flute tutorials 'Fliuit', 'Fliuit 2' and most recently, ‘The Book of Sligo Tunes’.
Originally from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan and now resident in Sligo, Michael’s output as a composer is impressive and includes four publications of recent suites, as well as thirteen major suites for harp and ensemble or orchestra. Among the highlights of his recent orchestral and ensemble compositions are ‘Constance’ (Feb 2020), The Famine Suite (2019), The De Cuellar Suite (2011), The Reconciliation Suite (2015) and The Macalla Suite (2016).
Bringing these performances together under one banner, ‘From Our Home to Yours’ is the perfect way to show off the talented families we have in Sligo. The show will be available for one week from Friday 23rd April - Friday 30th April.