Drogheda Arts Festival – June Bank Holiday W/E

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Maria Doyle Kennedy by Mischa Scherrer

Drogheda Arts Festival  – Music For The June Bank Holiday

Tadhg Leahy + Friends – Friday, 4 June @ 8pm

Sharon Carty and Úna Hunt – Saturday, 5 June @ 8pm

 Maria Doyle Kennedy – Sunday, 6 June @ 8pm

Drogheda Arts Festival is back for 2021, with an exciting summer programme of music, theatre, podcasts, family fun and visual arts taking place over the summer, celebrating everything that is great about the Arts.

Music has always played a huge part of the Drogheda Arts Festival, and the organisers are excited to bring three outstanding musical acts to music fans in the comfort of their own homes, over the June Bank Holiday Weekend. 

Kicking off on Friday, 4 June Tadhg Leahy + Friends will perform an exclusive online event recorded in Sarsfield’s Bar; Mezzo Soprano Sharon Carty and pianist Úna Hunt will perform a song recital of celebrated and lesser-known female composers recorded in St Peter’s Church of Ireland on 5 June; and Maria Doyle Kennedy, one of Ireland’s most prolific artist and entertainers  will perform in the intimate and atmospheric setting of Gerrard’s Church on 6 June.

Tadhg Leahy + Friends

Friday 4 June, 8:00pm (1 Hour)  \ €10 per device

Recorded in Sarsfield’s Bar, behind closed doors, Tadhg Leahy + Friends is an exclusive online event for Drogheda Arts Festival featuring original music composed and arranged by Tadhg, much of which is included on his debut studio E.P. In this concert, Tadhg will perform with a number of ensembles (trio, quartet, and quintet) aimed at enhancing the stylistically varied nature of the music, which moves naturally through classical, folk and jazz.   Other featured artists include violinist Tadhg Murphy, multi-instrumentalist David Dockery, electric and double bass player Graham Heaney, vocalist Saoirse Kavanagh plus guitar / singer Stephen Carolan. Tadhg is a recipient of the Arts Council COVID-19 Crisis Response Award in 2020

Sharon Carty and Úna Hunt

Saturday 5 June, 8pm (1 hour) \ €10 per device

Recorded in St Peter’s Church of Ireland for Drogheda Arts Festival presented by Drogheda Classical Music Series, mezzo-sopranoSharon Carty and pianist Úna Hunt perform a programme celebrating female composers.  Irish mezzo soprano Sharon Carty wowed Drogheda audiences when she sang the role of Orfeo in Irish National Opera’s acclaimed production of Orfeo ed Euridice in 2019. For this concert, which celebrates works by female composers, Sharon joins forces with Irish pianist Úna Hunt, renowned for her championship of Irish composers whose music she has performed and presented to audiences all over the world.  France meets Ireland in this eclectic mix of songs and piano music by female composers. From France are Mélanie Bonis (1858-1937) and Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) who join little-known composers of Irish interest, Augusta Holmès (1847-1903), Hope Temple (1859-1938) and Fanny Robinson (1831-1879) whose piano music features in a new two-volume sheet music collection, The Irish Piano Album, edited by Úna Hunt. To open the programme, a collection of songs of the sea by the English composers, Ethyl Smyth and Rebecca Clarke and the haunting ‘My Grief on the Sea’ by Enniskillen-born, Joan Trimble. This programme was initially devised by Sharon Carty and Úna Hunt for a series of concerts celebrating female composers and performed in the National Concert Hall in January 2020.

SOLO: Maria Doyle Kennedy

Sunday 6 June, 8pm (1 hour) \ €10 per device

Solo returns to Drogheda Arts Festival this year in the intimate and atmospheric setting of Gerrard’s Church.  Maria Doyle Kennedy has established herself as one of Ireland’s most prolific artists and entertainers. She is well known for her hit albums Mutter and Sing (feat: John Prine, Damien Rice, and Paul Brady). Maria writes and performs with husband Kieran Kennedy. Her EP Songs from the kitchen table was released Jan 1 2020, the 11th release on their own label Mermaid Records. They have composed original soundtracks for award winning short films A Different Kind of DayColour Code and their songs have also featured in TV series Orphan Black and Outlander. As an actress, Maria has appeared in Outlander and TV roles include Orphan BlackDownton Abbey, and The Tudors. Maria recently collaborated with Feist & Jarvis Cocker on a video for the song Century.

Bookings for Drogheda Arts Festival can be made via www.droghedaartsfestival.ie.  As restrictions change and the country opens up, the summer festival for all the family, will evolve from online events over the June bank holiday, to live outdoor theatrical events and a mobile offsite sculpture installation in August.  And finally in September, watch out for details of a major exhibition in Highlanes Gallery.   The Drogheda Arts Festival is generously funded by Louth County Council and the Arts Council.

All live/outdoor/offsite events will adhere to all Covid guidelines.

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