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Hawk’s Well’s Trad@Lunch Summer Series Returns

Hawk’s Well’s Trad@Lunch Summer Series Returns
30 May, 2019

Following on from the success of last year’s Trad@Lunch Summer series, the popular lunchtime music session is back once again at Hawk’s Well Theatre, for a run of intimate events featuring some of Ireland’s most respected musicians and rising stars. 

Kicking off on Wednesday 19th June and running for ten weeks until 21st August, this year sees some of the most familiar names in Trad from the Sligo scene and beyond, as well as a number of emerging talents join us for these celebrated free events.

Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey open the 2019 series on 19th June. Founder of leading traditional group Téada, renowned Sligo fiddle player Oisin has toured extensively throughout the world for over 20 years. Providing masterful accompaniment on piano, Samantha Harvey is also an award-winning step dancer. Her energetic dance and musical performances on stage has seen her become an increasingly prominent touring performer and teacher.

Young up and comers Kate Gavin, Conor McDonagh and Ryan Sheridan return on 26th June, following on from their 2018 appearance at Trad@Lunch. Kate is a wonderful harp and fiddle player with a beautiful voice to match. Conor is a fantastic flute player and drummer, and Ryan is an excellent box and bodhran player, as well as being a brilliant dancer. The trio exhibit musical maturity and prowess beyond their years.

Siobhán O’Donnell, Stephen Doherty and David Doocey follow on 3rd July. Singer and bodhrán player Siobhán comes from a Sligo family steeped in traditional music, and is greatly influenced by South Sligo style. She is joined by two excellent musicians based in Foxford; Stephen Doherty on whistle, flute and accordion, and fiddle player David Doocey. The friendship between this trio shines through in their music, and together they hold a veritable collection of medals and awards.

Coming as part of the Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, Inni-K plays on 10th July. Named by RTÉ.ie as; "one of ten fierce women defining Irish culture", the Dublin-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter draws on her extensive background in folk and traditional Irish music, venturing into new musical territories. The Trad@lunch set will showcase her vocals and deft musicianship.

Junior Davey, Seamus Hernon and Rodney Lancashire continue the series on 17th July. Junior Davey comes from a family deeply rooted in musical tradition of South Sligo, while Seamus is a very fine flute player, tutor and son of legendary box player PJ Hernon from Gurteen, Co Sligo. The trio, who play in a distinctive and lively Sligo style, is completed by bouzouki, mandolin and concertina player Rodney Lancashire, a Cavan native who has lived in Sligo for many years.

Reaching the midway point, Theresa O'Grady, Declan Payne and Catherine McHugh take to the stage on 24th July. Theresa is regarded as one of the finest banjo players in the country, while Tubbercurry native Declan Payne is an excellent piano accordion player and teacher of the instrument. Together, the pair are founding members of the celebrated Sligo based band The Border Collies, and they will be joined in this concert by pianist, Catherine McHugh.

Wednesday 31st July’s session sees Shane McGowan, David Munnelly and Joseph McNulty come together to play a mix of traditional Irish Music with a fresh blend of new compositions. Coming from a well-known musical family in South Sligo, Shane has guested and toured with the likes of Lunasa, Zakir Hussain and Dolores Keane. David from Mayo, is widely regarded as one of the most influential accordion players of his generation and has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains. Bodhrán and fiddle player Joseph McNulty from Mayo  has recorded with some of Ireland's greatest traditional musicians such as Matt Molloy, Arty McGlynn and Donal Lunny.

Deirdre Hurley, Jacqui Martin and John Blake follow on 7th August. An accomplished flute and fine traditional singer, Deirdre Hurley hails from a well-known musical family in Ballymote, Co Sligo. Joining her is Dublin fiddle player, Jacqui Martin who has taught, and performed at many festivals over the years. On guitar from London, John Blake is a highly sought musician and is adept on several instruments. He has close links to Sligo also.

They’re followed by Tiernan Courell, Conal McCormack and Seamie O’Dowd, who play on 14th August. An award-winning flautist from Sligo, Tiernan who now calls Scotland his home, is a member of Trip; a progressive young traditional music band. No stranger to Hawk’s Well Theatre, Seamie is a guitarist, singer, songwriter of worldwide renown, who also plays a host of other instruments. Tiernan and Seamie are joined on this gig by Conal McCormack on bodhrán.

The final session of the season sees Declan Folan, Dave Sheridan and Seamie O’Dowd bring down the curtain on 21st August. Declan is recognised as one of the finest modern day exponents of traditional Sligo Fiddle style. Declan will be joined by Seamie and Leitrim flute player Dave Sheridan, who is renowned for his fluid, free-flowing regional flute style.

Always highly enjoyable, and ever popular, these events are free to attend and do not require a ticket. All sessions start at 1.10pm. The Hawk’s Well acknowledges the support of Sligo Local Action Group in funding this project, in partnership with County Sligo LEADER Parnership CLG and Sligo County Council. For more information call the box office on 0719161518, or visit

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