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Rhythm & Soul Music School

with Jessie Kennedy & Sam O’Sullivan

Tue 1 Aug - Thu 3 Aug, 2023,
10am & 2pm
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10am - 1pm: 9 - 12 years

2pm - 5pm: 13 - 18 years

Date Tue 1 Aug - Thu 3 Aug, 2023, 10am & 2pm
Location Hawk's Well Theatre - Stage
Price €60
Two images. Woman posing with her violin. Man posing with drum kit.

Musician and Composer Jessie Kennedy and Former U2 Studio Manager, Drum Tech and Percussionist, Sam O’Sullivan are excited to bring a new series of Songwriting and Percussion workshops for children and teens to the Hawk's Well stage.

During Rhythm & Soul Music School Jessie and Sam will work together with the students on music, songwriting and percussion. Every student in the class regardless of ability, experience or confidence level will be encouraged to have the experience of using various percussion instruments, making music and song as part of a group and individually.

This residency aims to provide all students with a supportive and fun learning environment to explore their own creativity, the world of music, collaboration percussion, writing and performance. These workshops offer a completely unique opportunity for music enthusiasts to engage and learn from professionals in the music industry across many genres - from rock, classical and everything in between.

About the Facilitators:

For the past year Jessie and Sam have been working with several schools as part of the TAP (Teacher Artist Partnership) and BLAST (Bringing Live Arts to Schools and Teachers) programmes.
Their most recent project is a series of workshops with kids and teens for Crunniú na nÓg, in collaboration with Cork County Arts and Creative Ireland. They are also on the Cork County Arts Panel of Facilitators. They are Garda Vetted for the schools programmes and have both completed the TUSLA children first programme.


Jessie has been working as a professional musician, performer and composer for most of her life. She has curated the annual concerts for the West Cork History Festival for the past 5 years, as well as many other events. Her original music has been featured on TV Series such as Rachel Allen’s “Coastal” and National Geographic’s “Wild Atlantic Way” film. Jessie has 4 studio albums to her credit, and is a violinist and vocalist with The Vespertine Quintet.
Jessie has performed and toured her original music at venues such as National Concert Hall, Dublin, Cork Opera House, St. Andrew’s London, St. Barrahane’s Classical Musical Festival, National Digital Week, Harvard, Boston and Martha’s Vineyard. She has collaborated and performed with artists such as Donovan, Jeremy Irons, Lady Patsy Puttnam, John Spillane, Liam O Maonlai, Sacha Puttnam, Interference, Glen Hansard and many others.
Jessie has many years of experience working with children in the mediums of music, yoga and mindfulness and is passionate about empowering young people through these art forms.


As well as being a drummer and percussionist himself, Sam has worked as the U2 Studio Manager and Drum Technician for Larry Mullen (U2) touring and working closely with the band for the past 37 years.
Sam has worked as a production manager, stage manager and lighting designer with groups such as Planxty and Clannad. He has featured as a percussionist on albums with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois and U2.
Sam is an experience percussion teacher and facilitator and is also doing master classes with BIM Music College in Dublin and with the Masters Songwriting Classes in CMIT.


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