Atlantic Notes hits Westport Town Hall Theatre with World Premiere Show
Atlantic Notes is a show dedicated to music, song, story and dance along the Wild Atlantic Way.
“I have recruited some of the best musicians in the business and most hail from Mayo so they know exactly what the Wild Atlantic Way is all about!” says Producer Tom Lynskey.
Atlantic Notes originated in the mind of Lynskey, a native of Kilmaine in Co. Mayo, some time ago. A keen musician himself, he always wanted to come up with something unique and different in terms of a show. Having seen for some time, so many of 3-piece groups having lots of success both locally and internationally he felt there was an opening to inject some power into this beautiful sound.
Tom Lynskey – Producer
The Wild Atlantic Way stretches from Donegal all the way down to Cork.
Atlantic Notes bring a flavor of music, song, story and dance to the stage where visitors to Ireland and locals alike can witness what life along the west coast is really like.
Atlantic Notes introduces actor Noel Kelly who cleverly mimics the accents from Donegal to Cork whilst acting out typical daily Irish scenes of what life was and still is like in villages along the Atlantic Coast. From a fisherman in Killybegs to a sheep farmer in Kerry, you’ll get to witness what Ireland is truly like by coming to see Atlantic Notes.
Marianne Knight – Lead Vocals, Flute and Accordion
Marianne Knight is a multi-instrumentalist with a voice and feet that are made for the stage! Hot Press magazine recently commented that ‘Her clear, bright voice and crisp ornamentation make her one of the most exciting vocalists to come along in years.’
Most recently, Marianne has been singing with a traditional Irish group, ‘FullSet’ and has performed with the musical theatre group ‘Celtic Crossroads’ at home and in the USA. Marianne has performed with many great artists internationally including, Solas, Cherish The Ladies, Ceide, Eileen Ivers, Mairtin O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd, Brendan Graham, UCD Chorale Scholars, Eimear Quinn, Celine Byrne and now, Full Set.
Marianne is also a highly skilled musician on many instruments, namely the button accordion, wooden flute, whistles and bodhran, yet her passion for musical creativity can be extracted from almost any set of tools!
Marianne started Irish Dancing at the age of 4 and competed until her late teens. During this time, she won the American Nationals, Scottish nationals, Regional qualifiers and got highly placed in British, Canadian, All-Ireland and World championships respectfully.
‘…A flute player who can also sing and I mean SING!’ quoted Sean Laffey, Irish Music magazine, 2016.
Marianne continues to tour internationally and is delighted to be part of Atlantic Notes.
John Flatley – Piano and arrangement
Well known musican John Flatley is a welcome addition to the Atlantic Notes performers on piano and vocals. Flately has been playing piano all over Ireland for some amazing events, groups and musical theatre, with a solid reputation for having directed some of the best Musicals across the County.
Declan O’Donoghue – Drums
Declan has toured with Celtic Thunder for many years all over the US and Europe and packs a powerful punch to the percussion section of the show. The drum section will bring the trad music to a completely different level.
Karen Hickey – Fiddle and Vocals
Karen hails from Castlebar in Co. Mayo. She has had major success at Fleadh Ceoil competitions and has many County, provincial and All Ireland medals for both solo and group competitions to her name. Karen graduated in 2013 with an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance with 1st Class Honours. Since then Karen has been highly sought after and has been touring the world as full time fiddler with Celtic Legends. Karen made her debut tour of the United States in 2015 as guest musician with Full Set, appearing at the prestigious Milwaukee Irish Festival. Most recently Karen has been performing alongside Spanish folk star Carlos Nunez.
Richard Neylon – Pipes
Richard has won numerous All-Ireland titles on a number of instruments including the uilleann pipes, flute and saxophone.
Richard grew up in a musical family in Galway city before moving to Loughrea. Both his parents played and taught music and it seemed inevitable that Richard would follow suit. He initially started on piano, trained classically, before taking up the flute. It wasn’t until a chance meeting with uilleann piper Eugene Lambe at a teaching workshop that Richard first heard the pipes. Immediately he was hooked and began to concentrate fully on the instrument.
Welcome to Atlantic Notes, the newest and most liveliest trad music show in Ireland…with a difference.
Atlantic Notes will transport you on a journey along the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Cork bringing you a flavour of the sights, sounds feelings and characters along the west coast of Ireland.
Actor Noel Kelly delivers what must be described as a serious, yet truly accurate and funny side to Irish life along the Wild Atlantic Way, weaved in through the music and dance from our world class musicians and dancers.
Without giving too much away, Noel becomes a hard working fisherman from Donegal in the opening scene. Tips his hat to WB Yates in Sligo. He also gives a loud shout out as a troubled Mayo supporter in Mayo. A Connemara man is featured and a grumpy sheep farmer from Kerry who’s not a fan of Star Wars!!
The music is full of surprises. You’ll have to be wide awake and expect the unexpected. Powerful uplifting songs and trad. You’ll witness firsthand the different accents, sounds and sights of what makes the people along the west coast of Ireland so unique.
You will be mesmerised, surprised and uplifted after a night with Atlantic Notes. So join us for this truly amazing journey along the Wild Atlantic Way.
The show is running right throughout the summer in the Town Hall Theatre in Westport, right in the heart Westport town, known locally as The Octagon. Tickets are available at the box office 09828459 or book online at www.westporttheatre.com