Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

I Am Wall Project…We Need YOU!!

August 11, 2011

Locals are being asked to participate in the biggest ever celebration of Drogheda’s town wall. We are looking for volunteers to join us in bringing together over 2,000 people to join hands and form a ‘Human Wall’. The event will take place on Sunday the 21st of August at 11.30am and will last for just one hour. The event will be recorded by aerial footage and each participant will be given a free red T-Shirt and a certificate stating their involvement in the event.
The event will be covered by local and national newspapers, radio and television including RTE’s Nationwide.

Please contact Drogheda Art Centre for more information
email: iamwall@droichead.com
call:041 9875140
For info: Marcella Bannon – 0868278170

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In tribute to the life of Teddy Doyle

November 25, 2010

Droichead is very excited about the upcoming exhibition ‘In tribute to the life of Teddy Doyle’ which will be opened on Wednesday the first of December from 8pm. The opening night will be a vibrant night full of entertainment, performance, music and of course… ART. The show will include some of his beautiful pieces as well as the works of 20 other artists based in the Drogheda area.

Teddy Doyle trained at the National College of Art and Design in the 1950s and worked as a scenic artist for more than 30 years. He was known around the town and beyond as a fantastic scenic painter, mastering water colours and always about on wonderful trips painting the scenery of the Boyne Valley, very often together with his great friend Liam O’Broin.

It was as an artist that he is best known in this part of the world, but he was also active in the cultural world as a stage manager, an actor, a puppeteer.

He worked on many major productions. His film credits include My Left Foot, which was made at Ardmore Studios in Wicklow. He stage-managed the Maureen Potter pantomimes from 1966-72 and he was also a fixture in Dublin’s Irish language theatre An Damer. Teddy was also an Executive Committee member of Irish Actors Equity and he formed the first union section to represent set designers. Teddy was also a master puppeteer who toured England with a marionette show for four years. There were many strings to his artistry. And these are only a few of the many things Teddy Doyle was involved in in the art and cultural scene of Ireland and beyond.

We are looking forward to the exhibition and hope to welcome you as well. ‘In tribute to the life of Teddy Doyle’ is on from the 1st of December 2010 until the 5th of January 2011.


Leanbh Arts Festival for Children 2010

October 13, 2010

Droichead is getting all ready for its 7th Leanbh Arts Festival for Children and we are so excited here to see lots of happy children coming to our shows. Plenty of music, workshops, puppetry and plays are being organised in Droichead Arts Centre and some shows will even travel to primary schools in and around Drogheda. The Festival is on from Monday the 18th until Sunday the 25th of October.

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Exciting times for culture vultures in September

August 23, 2010

Let’s face it, the summer is almost over. But never mind, because there is no reason for the culture vultures to be bored in September. A new cultural year starts and Droichead’s line up for autumn is loaded with great events. Did you know that we have a world class opera coming to Droichead? Are you aware of the free events in our venue? Did you hear the new film club is about to kick off again? Keep reading to learn more about all this…

The Viaduct Bards presents Poetry in Motion on the last Wednesday of each month between 7.30 and 9.30pm in the café bar, starting off with A Jam session for Poets on the 25th of August. This is a free event and you are invited to come along and listen to local writers and poets read and perform from their work.  Special guests include Marie MacSweeney, Patrick Dillon, John O’Rourke and the Boyne Writers Group from Trim.

Southern Tenant Folk Union

On the 4th of September we are delighted to welcome the Folk/Bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union. Folk music is having a moment right now, because this is a brilliant band. The most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass band in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union has just released their third album ‘The New Farming Scene’. Formed by Belfast born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey, this seven piece all acoustic band with banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands. You can listen to some of their great new songs by clicking on the following link: TA9 by Southern Tenant Folk Union.

On the 14th of September the kick-off of our new Film Club programme is scheduled, starting off with “Departures” by the Japanese director Yôjirô Takita. This is a totally eccentric, lushly scored, moving, and funny drama that uses the rituals of death to foster a greater appreciation of life. The film won several international prizes including the Academy Award in 2009 for Best Foreign language Film

On the 17th of September a world class opera is coming all the way to Drogheda: The Diary of Anne Frank by Opera Theatre Company. Vivid and insightful, this heartrending opera recreates the world of 13 year-old Anne Frank in hiding, living in hope and fear, longing for normality for herself and her family. Sung in English, the focus is on Anne’s original words – her profound thoughts and her courageousness find moving and eloquent expression in the poignant score.

The ‘Early Bird catches the Deal’ remains our motto this season so booking in advance is recommended. For more info and tickets go to our website www.droichead.com or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

Michael Holohan and Chopin 200

May 31, 2010

We are looking forward to the concert by the nationally and internationally renowned composer Michael Holohan in Saint Peter’s Church of Ireland this coming Tuesday. During the recital the eminent Irish pianists John O’ Conor and Therese Fahy will focus on a wide range of the composer’s piano music.
Did you know that Michael Holohan has lived in Drogheda for over 27 years? This proves once again the wealth of creative talent that this region has to offer. This is a must see concert. For tickets ring 0419833946, but don’t forget to read the interview first. Enjoy!

How did you get started as a composer? How did you find your route to this career?

I learnt to play the piano with the late Maureen Valentine in Iona Villas, Drumcondra and I also was playing in a very youthful rock band. I started at about fifteen trying to work out rock songs on the piano e.g. Neil Young, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Focus. Alongside band activities I was listening to Debussy, Delius, Dvorak and Gershwin on vinyl records! Then, I started to compose my own personal pieces on the piano and as I had studied theory I tried to notate them on manuscript paper. I remember that I wrote down my first piece at sixteen when I was off school with the flu. A likely excuse!
I worked for two years in the Civil Service and then went to UCD to study Music, Classical Studies and Archaeology. After that I continued my studies at Queens University and I also travelled to attend courses with several of the great post World War Two European composers in France. Listening to Messaien, Berio and Xenakis speaking was a transformational experience.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I find it difficult to pick one. However a few highlights stand out for me. My first broadcast on RTE radio, Cromwell being premiered by the RTE Concert Orchestra in Drogheda, The Mass of Fire broadcast live on RTE TV from Drogheda in 1994 and Cork in 2005.
The Lost Land premieres in Toronto and New York, The Running Beast Tour of Europe 2007-2008.

Can you tell us a bit more about your new CD ‘Fields of Blue and White’? Where did you get your ideas and inspiration from?

The CD is a selection of the piano pieces which I have composed over the years. Some of them are very personal in nature and others were public commissions e.g. the NCH and the Dublin AXA International Piano Competition.
Looking back at the pieces which I have chosen, I can now see themes about Nature and History emerging as an important thread.

How long did it take you to make ‘Fields of Blue and White’?

It took the pianist Therese Fahy and I about a year to prepare the material for the CD. I then contacted the recording and sound engineer Harry Bradshaw and we decided to record the CD in St. Peters Church of Ireland, Drogheda. The church has a wonderful natural acoustic and houses a beautiful Steinway Grand Piano. The actual recording only took two days of really intense teamwork. Both Therese and Harry were very committed and it was a fantastic experience to work with them.

What can the people expect from your upcoming concert in Drogheda?

Both John O Conor and Therese Fahy will perform some of my own compositions from the CD e.g.  By A River, Aoise, Monaincha and the Listoke Preludes. They will also perform duets together which will include Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. Finally we will hear some of the great piano pieces of Chopin because 2010 is the 200th Anniversary of his birth.

The concert is named ‘Holohan and Chopin 200’, could you explain the connection between both composers?

I particularly like the Preludes and Mazurkas of Chopin and I also feel that they are his most personal utterances. I prefer them to the more virtuoso works. Some of my pieces are interior in nature, so I can personally identify with some of Chopin’s more personal piano music.

Do you have any favourite composers?

A hard question! Debussy of course, but also Bach, Bartok, Messaien,  Ravel, Xenakis, Berio , Lutoslawski and Dutilleux. I have just noticed quite a French bias !

Does living in Drogheda influence your work and how?

I am very influenced by the Archaeology and History of the  surrounding area. But I also love the river and the natural landscape especially near the sea.

The name might not ring a bell but you’ve definitely heard Miss Paula Flynn sing

April 1, 2010

Do you remember the beautiful Lets Dance add of Ballygowan? Did you know that not much later this particular version of David Bowie’s ‘Lets Dance’ went straight to the top in the Irish charts? Do you recognise this beautiful voice? Indeed, the puzzle is coming together, Miss Paula Flynn is the Ballygowan sparkling girl.

After the success of this single, she received several offers to release an album, but Miss Paula Flynn had other plans.  She persisted in first finishing her Degree in Communications before even thinking about releasing a full album.  Only after graduating from university did she dive into the studio to start working on her solo debut album which was released in September 2009.

Miss Paula Flynn creates beautifully delicate folk songs with a personal and reflective touch. The lyrics are often full of references to nature and her roots in Armagh. With her delicate voice and the amazing musical compositions she creates her own unique style and sound.

Droichead is delighted to welcome Miss Paula Flynn in the venue in Stockwell Street on Friday the 9th of April. This quirky lady has talent and she will surely captivate us all.