January is traditionally a very quiet month for music people, regardless of COVID and Omicron, and with a dearth of gigs on the horizon this month, you may be looking for something to do in a music capacity.
Music professionals may be interested then in Hedge School Doolin, which is taking place along similar lines to the Music Minds conference that has taken place there in recent years and has producer Simon O’Reilly of that parish also behind it.
Hedge School Doolin takes place in the Clare hotel Doolin from January 28th to 30th and is aimed at those who have interests in music, writing and film “an eclectic mix of music, writing, spoken-word and film, including performance, workshops, interactive art installations, film-screening, interviews and more”
The programme features the following:
- The premiere of The Dance, the latest offering from award-winning film-maker Pat Collins
- The unveiling of a new intuitive music notation system from Steve Cooney
- Ableton Workshop 1 with Dáithí and Bantum
- An interactive orchestra installation and a Build Your Own Theremin workshop from Dead Can Dance percussionist Robbie Perry
- A performance and workshop from novelist Elaine Feeney
- Exploring Modular Synthesizers with Jürgen Simpson
- Performances from Peter Broderick, Dónal Dineen, Dáithí, Rónán Ó Snodaigh & Myles O’Reilly, Rita Perry, Willzee & Enda Gallery, Bantum and more.
- Man of Aran screening with live score by APO-33 with Grace Wells
- Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with Jess Traynor, Elaine Feeney & Abby Oliveira
The festival takes place on the weekend preceding Imbolc – The Celtic Festival marking the beginning of Spring and Re-Birth.
See hedge-school.ie for all info.
Tickets available at ticketweb.ie and will include
- Weekend Tickets including entry to all events and workshops €100
- Single Day Tickets available priced at €30 Fri, €40 Sat, €40 Sun
- Tickets for Ableton workshops free but must be booked online and a €5 holding
deposit will be required to secure a place
A package including Weekend Ticket and Accommodation is available through the hotel website only
- €300 Single
- €450 Two people sharing
- Sunday Accommodation Supplement +€100
Residents of the hotel will be entitled to attend events after 8pm as will residents of the sister hotel Fiddle + Bow.
Hedge School organiser Dónal Minihane
“From as early as the first half of last century, when the bohemian set of George Bernard Shaw, JM Synge, Dylan Thomas & Oliver St. John Gogarty discovered Doolin to its hippy heyday in the 70’s & 80’s as the centre of the folk music revival and to this very day, Doolin has always offered a ‘non-judgemental environment, a free-and-easy, come-day-go-day existence’ for musicians, writers and artists.”
Hedge School organiser Simon O’Reilly
“Our goal is to support and foster artistic re- birth. We aim to create the conditions in which innovation, experimentation and risk can thrive, where artists, their labour and ideas are respected and where under-represented artists are given a platform to flourish creatively. In this respect Hedge School will not end on Jan 30th . We aim to host events from our base in Hotel Doolin throughout the year. Hedge School Productions will publish original collaborative material in record, book and film format to build audiences for our artists.
We want to bring the Arts out of cities and boardrooms and to nurture and support community of creatives along the West Coast. Doolin’s location at the edge of the Earth is reflected in our ethos. We are committed to Art on the Edge. We embrace diversity and inclusivity and invite everyone from all walks of life to experience, interact and play in our wild world.”