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Safe & Sound Summer Sessions

John Carty & Mike McGoldrick


Master musicians John Carty & Mike McGoldrick come together for this highly anticipated performance. John Carty is a leading exponent of the North Connacht style and has impressive knowledge of the music of Sligo emigrant musicians. Carty was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Music of the Year award in 2003. He has released several solo albums on fiddle and banjo including I Will If I Can, Last Night’s Fun and At It Again. He has also recorded a number of duet albums including Pathway to the Well with flute-player Matt Molloy, At Complete Ease with fiddle-player Brian Rooney, and Settle Out of Court with his daughter, the singer and banjo player Maggie Carty.
John Carty is a recipient of the Hawk’s Well Theatre’s short Artist Residency and used the opportunity to explore the combination of the banjo with uilleann pipes, researching, reflecting and composing throughout his residency.

He has been joined in his musical exploration by accomplished piper, Mike McGoldrick.
A co-founder of Flook and Lúnasa, and a linchpin of Capercaillie’s line-up since 1998, Manchester-born flute/whistle and uilleann pipes maestro Michael McGoldrick has in recent years performed around the globe in ex-Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler’s band – including a tour with both Knopfler and Bob Dylan. Despite this lengthy list of stellar collaborations, though – also including Youssou N’Dour, Zakir Hussain, John Cale and the Transatlantic Sessions – his true genius lies in his own trailblazing work as a player and composer, brilliantly showcased on his three solo albums to date. On top of all his other projects he also fronts the exhilarating Michael McGoldrick Band.

We are delighted to have such renowned musicians with us to kick off our ‘Safe & Sound Summer Sessions’ for 2021.

Please note: This event takes place in the Hawk’s Well Theatre foyer. People will be allocated socially distant seats on arrival. When booking multiple tickets you will be seated together. In line with Government recommendations, seating capacity is limited and tickets must be pre-booked online in advance. New safety measures have also been introduced around visiting the venue which you will be notified of in advance by email.