The summer sunshine is here. The ice creams are being devoured. The mood is up and town of Drogheda is gearing up for Fleadh Cheoil in August.
In just over 4 weeks time, the town will be filled with thousands of visitors from near and far, coming to experience Irish music, language, song and dance.
But you don’t have to wait. Music at the Gate is back this weekend, but this time with a twist. Founder Darragh Ó hÉiligh tells us more. “July’s Music at the Gate has both a morning and evening event. From 10:30am to 2pm the very popular morning session will take place where dozens of musicians, singers and dancers participate to make Drogheda buz with the sound of live music. As always people of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate. After a break, Music at the Gate will resume again from 7 to 8:30pm with two very, very special guests. We’re thrilled to welcome Cyril O’Donoghue and Michael “Blackie” O’Connell as our guest performers.”
Since the foundation of Music at the Gate back in September, Darragh has organised regular concerts at the foot of St. Laurence’s Gate. The purpose is two-fold. Firstly, to celebrate the closing of the historic gate to traffic and reclaim it as a civic space. Secondly, to invite local performers to bring music to the streets of Drogheda on a regular basis.
But the very special benefit of Music at the Gate is that also allows Darragh to invite his fellow musicians from all around the country to play here in Drogheda.
“Our first guest performer is Cyril O’Donoghue. He hails from County Clare and grew up with a strong musical tradition at home. A member of the trad supergroup “Providence” Cyril tours extensively playing bouzouki, guitar and singing.”
He continues“Michael O’Connell is one of the most exciting uilleann pipers in Traditional Music. Having learned the pipes with the great Limerick piper Mickey Dunne, Michael has performed with Paddy Keenan, Finbar Furey and the Chieftains. He is a tourism ambassador for Ireland in the global Tourism Ireland internet and TV campaign.”
Taking place on Saturday 7thJuly from 7.00pm to8:30pm at Saint Laurence’s Gate, this free event is open to everyone.
Darragh concludes “We’re so excited that Cyril and Michael accepted our invitation to perform at Music at the Gate and I just can’t wait for everyone to hear them perform livea. Find out more by visiting www.MusicAtTheGate.ieand follow us on Facebook. See you at the Gate!”
#MusicAtTheGate is made possible by the support of a wonderful volunteer team, The Design Gallery, Order of Malta, Sarsfields, North east Marquees, Louth County Council, Drogheda Arts Festival and Ireland’s Ancient East.