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Hawk’s Well Theatre and The Dock Arts Centre collaborate on a music project across Sligo and Leitrim

Hawk’s Well Theatre and The Dock Arts Centre collaborate on a music project across Sligo and Leitrim
4 November, 2019

Hawk’s Well Theatre and The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon have come together to commission and produce a music project across Sligo and Leitrim. Harnessing the wealth of creativity and talent available across the two counties and the project is being produced in conjunction with a number of highly skilled musicians including: Michael Rooney, Stephen Doherty and Niamh Crowley. This project has been sponsored by Sligo GAA with support from Creative Ireland, MSLETB, Sligo County Council and Leitrim County Council.

Both Sides of the Lough links master and apprentice musicians and brings together different segments of our artistic community including young traditional musicians and amateur and professional classical and traditional adult musicians.

Through a series of workshops in both Sligo and Leitrim, two groups of young traditional musicians have been meeting weekly with the acclaimed traditional Irish multi-instrumentalist, Stephen Doherty, attaining skills, broadening their musical horizons and working on the creation of a body of music including some newly commissioned pieces of music written by renowned composer Michael Rooney. Separately, the expanded Sligo-Leitrim Community Orchestra in Sligo has been rehearsing another new piece of music from Rooney. The project will culminate in two performances (one in each county) which will showcase the development of creativity which the project has enabled and nurtured.

The culmination of this joint project between ‘Both Sides of the Lough’ - a celebratory concert at the Hawk’s Well on Sunday 17th November and at The Dock on 27th November which will showcase the wealth of creativity and talent across Sligo and Leitrim in a concert that merges traditional and classical communities in both counties.

These concerts will feature a selection of compositions from Michael Rooney from his back catalogue of suites and will also feature music composed by Stephen Doherty and a selection of traditional music. The music of Constance, a new production commissioned by the Hawk’s Well Theatre, which will premiere at Lissadell Church on the Thursday 5th of December and run through to Saturday 7th December will also be revealed.

Showcasing the participating traditional music youth groups from Sligo and Leitrim alongside Michael RooneyStephen DohertyDavid DooceyJohn Joe Kelly, a string quartet led by Niamh Crowley and the Sligo Leitrim Community Orchestra, Both Sides of the Lough will build to a magnificent crescendo with over 100 performers from across the two counties performing on stage.

This project has come about as part of the Creative Counties initiative. Creative Counties brings together six of Ireland’s leading cultural venues across four counties. Collectively, the network will initially focus on shared projects, enhanced communication and audience development, harnessing synergies and communities across the four counties. The programme was awarded a Creative Ireland National Award and is supported by Local Authorities in Leitrim, Longford, Sligo and Roscommon. As well as The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon, the network includes Sligo’s Hawks Well Theatre, Backstage Theatre in Longford, Roscommon Arts Centre, and The Glens Centre and Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Leitrim.

Tickets for Both Sides of the Lough priced €20/10 u18s (plus €1 renovation fee) are available now. For enquiries or to book, visit or call 0719161518.

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