Saturday 19th March at 7.30pm
St Patrick Goes To The Punjab just featured in the Irish Post at No.2 in the best St Patrick’s Day events that you don’t want to miss!
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Indo–Celtic Music and Dance – Shamrocks and Saris
Coventry Irish Society St. Patrick’s Festival Event
Two of Coventry’s longest established communities celebrate each other’s culture in a spectacular evening of music and dance.
The project is the brainchild of Joe O’Donnell, one of Coventry’s finest Celtic musicians and a resident of the City for 20 years. Joe has a lifelong interest in Indian music and its likely influence on European music, including Celtic music, not least of all his own.
Joe has assembled a talented array of Coventry’s musicians and dancers to explore this rich cultural association. They will combine traditional and new material, much of which will be seen and heard for the first time.
The artists involved are folk group Comhaltas, seniors from the McHugh Irish Dancing School, Uillean Piper Aiden O’Brien, Asian dancer Sabrina, and Fine Lines featuring tabla player Juggy Rihal, voted Best Musician in the Bhangra Music Awards 2015.
Topping the bill is Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla, the powerhouse quintet that also features Si Hayden on guitar. Especially for this event the band will perform some of Joe’s celebrated but seldom-heard album ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’. The original recording featured Ireland’s greatest blues and rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, with whom Joe worked extensively in the 1970s.
Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla: Joe O’Donnell grew up in Ireland and came to England in the early 1970’s, working with East of Eden, the Woods Band (later Steeleye Span), Rory Gallagher and many others. He plays violin and mandolin, sings and composes. Shkayla (‘Stories’ in Gaelic) has been in its current form for seven years and has three albums to its credit. Also in the band are Martin Barter (keyboards, vocals), Si Hayden (guitar, vocals), Adrian Litvinoff (bass, vocals) and Karen Milne (drums). www.joeodonnellsshkayla.com
Fine Lines combine the sounds of Flamenco guitar, funky jazz and Indian taals in a new fusion adventure that is as exciting as it is novel. The trio launched last year and features David Shepherd on classical guitar, Wayne Matthews on acoustic bass guitar and Juggy Rihal on tabla.
Sabrina has been dancing for over ten years. She presents a variety of styles including Kathak, Semi-classical, Bhangra and Bollywood. Sabrina has performed at events such as The Olympics Torch ceremony at Coventry & Birmingham, Asian Spring, Positive Images, Coventry Mela, Leicester Mela, and most recently at The Belgrade Theatre.
McHugh Irish Dancing School: the school has been established for 26 years and its students have danced all over England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Europe and America attaining medals at all the major Irish dancing events. The School had the great honour of dancing at the reception held at St Mary's Guild Hall when the Irish President Michael Higgins visited Coventry in 2014.
Aiden O’Brien plays Uillean pipes, the Irish form of bagpipe. He has toured internationally, including China and America with Dedanann, led by revered violinist Frankie Gavin, and the R.T.E. Orchestra. After several years’ absence from the music scene he is marking his return in style with this appearance.
Comhaltas is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. The Coventry Branch has a music session every Tuesday at the Hearsall Pub where they also hold a number of classes for beginners and young people.
Show time - The performance starts at 7:30pm
Concessions £10 (Students)
Children £8 (12-18)
Age guidance - This show is suitable for children 12 and above.
Ticket prices - include £1 per ticket theatre levy*
The Box Office is open every day Monday to Saturday from 10.30am to 1.30pm, and an hour before performances start. Outside these opening hours, messages can be left on our voicemail.
The auditorium slopes steeply down towards the stage. Therefore, in the interest of health and safety, wheelchair designated spaces are reserved at the rear of the auditorium only. Please contact the Box Office if any member of your party requires a wheelchair space. Toilet facilities suitable for wheelchair users are available on the ground floor opposite the Box Office.
How to find us.
The Albany Theatre shares an entrance with the Premier Inn, Earlsdon Park.
SATNAV:CV1 3BH: Head towards Coventry City Centre and onto Coventry Ring Road, exit the ring road at Junction 7 signposted Ikea. Exit the roundabout onto Butts Road (B4101) signposted Earlsdon, the Albany Theatre is located on the left hand side past the traffic lights sharing an entrance with the Premier Inn. Chargeable parking is available at the multistorey car park directly next to the hotel (car park entrance off Butts Road).
*The Albany Theatre is run by a charity, supported by volunteers. In order to keep this beautiful building open and available for events like this, part of your ticket cost - just £1 - goes to our Theatre Development Fund. Some theatres call it a booking fee. This non-voluntary levy is a common feature in these days of financial constraint. We guarantee to use your £1 wisely to improve the facilities we can offer to make your experience better every time you come. Thank you for supporting us.