We Used to Play Here – 1st July


1st July, Performances 3pm, 4pm & 8pm, 9pm @ Round Tower Church, Inniskeen

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Kate Ellis and Caimin Gilmore in association with the Patrick Kavanagh Centre Present ‘We Used to Play Here’

Join us in Inniskeen and Carrickmacross for a series of unique concerts celebrating the visceral experience of live music-making, inside an intimate and safe pop-up venue.

Throughout June – September ‘21, musicians Kate Ellis & Caimin Gilmore will travel to rural locations in each Irish province, for a series of intimate live performances inside a specially commissioned mobile venue.

Kate & Caimin will visit Bray, Monaghan, Inishbofin and Cape Clear, weaving new music from electronic artist Neil O’Connor, composer Amanda Feery and pro-skater Sam Perkin alongside traditional music and improvisation, creating one-off performances in each location.

The performance space was designed and built by architectural designer, Shane Sugrue, of Unqualified Design and is specifically designed for socially distanced concerts, in a variety of outdoor terrains for audiences of up to 6, with artwork designed and painted by artist Shane O’Driscoll.

Tickets: Please note that this is a socially distanced event with limited capacity. Tickets are sold in pairs of 2 for €20.

Running Time: 30 minutes

1st July, Performances 3pm, 4pm & 8pm, 9pm @ Round Tower Church, Inniskeen
2nd July, Performances 3pm, 4pm & 8pm, 9pm @ The Grounds of the Carrickmacross Civic Offices

Accessibility: Please note that the performances take place on flat grass areas in both locations.  Parking is available.

Tickets on sale from Patrick Kavanagh Centre, online and through our box office. Please call us at 042 9378560 or email kavanaghcentre@monaghancoco.ie for further information.

About the artists:

Double Bass player Caimin Gilmore and Cellist Kate Ellis are two of Ireland’s most engaging instrumentalists. They are leading improvisers and composers with expertise in the performance of new music. They have performed as a duo since commissioning composer Sam Perkin in 2019. They recently commissioned a further four works from leading Irish composers, to be released on Ergodos Records in 2022, & will embark on their first nationwide tour this June, premiering some of the works.

Kate Ellis is cellist and Artistic Director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group. She performs with Martin Hayes’ Common Ground Ensemble and has collaborated with Karan Casey, Mel Mercier & Rhiannon Giddens. In 2009 Kate co-founded Kaleidoscope Night – a monthly music salon featuring classical/contemporary/improvising and folk musicians.

Caimin has extensively toured the U.S.A, Europe, Australia, Asia, U.K and Ireland as a Double Bassist, including Lisa Hannigan’s At Swim album tour. He is a member of Crash Ensemble, s t a r g a z e and plays regularly with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and Ulster Orchestra. He recently released his first solo EP, ‘String Ogham Live’, featuring new work for Solo Double Bass. He has performed with Damon Albarn (Blur), Zach Condon (Beirut), Aaron Dessner (The National), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), and recorded on ‘Happens to the Heart’ with s t a r g a z e and Adam Cohen on Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album, ‘Thanks for the Dance’.

Shane Sugrue is an architectural designer, researcher, and community organiser from Dublin, Ireland. His work examines the potential of participatory design to trigger altered relationships between people and place, and promote democratic approaches to planning and development. As part of Unqualified Design Studio he has led the creation of large-scale installations at events around the world, including Vivid Sydney and Burning Man.

Supported by Bank Of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts. This event is also possible because of the support of Creative Ireland.

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3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm