We are delighted to present our live performance series Back at The Dock. We hope you will have a wonderful night in the company of friends and family.
These will take place outdoors in a covered walled area at The Dock where you can enjoy performances over weekend nights from July 23rd to September 5th.
If you were looking to put together a quartet of traditional musicians who can both complement each other and push each other to new heights of musicianship you couldn't do much better than putting Stephen Doherty, David Doocey, Seamie O'Dowd & John Joe Kelly in the same room, or in this case, beautiful out door music venue.
Each of them come with accolades and lists of achievements too long to list here. What's important is they all come with a fierce love of the tradition and the ability to leave you on the edge of your seat, foot tapping and wanting to dance. It's an all seated gig and you will do well to resist the temptation to start when these four lads find their rhythm.
Stephen Doherty hails from Foxford, Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland, he began learning music at the age of 4 and through his teenage years began to accumulate numerous all-Ireland medals on whistle, bodhrán, drums, accordion and is a two time All-Ireland winning Champion on Melodeon and is a senior All-Ireland Champion on the flute.
His first music based international trip was at the age of 17 to Cleveland Music Festival in America, and at the age of 18 he became a full time musician joining FOM productions for for various shows throughout France and America over the next year. While juggling between teaching and touring, he then became the resident Traditional Irish Music Teacher at the Renowned Mayo School of Music teaching 5 Instruments to a student base of over 100 students a week.
Throughout 2008/2009 he toured America & Europe with Various productions including Celtic Crossroads, Ragús the Show and highly acclaimed Irish band Slide, he also became one of the resident Melodeon players for the annual Oireactas Sean Nós Dancing Championships aired live on TG4 and joined the Cunningham family at Fuaim Chonamara for a National Tour.
In 2009, Stephen Joined Irish band Gráda as a fulltime member, embarking on a world tour and the recording of a new Cd at Compass Records in Nashville.
Through 2009- 2012 Stephen continued to tour with Gráda, Ragús, Slide & Atlantic Steps performing in over 20 countries .
In 2012 Stephen released his first duo CD with Guitarist Patrick Doocey entitled ‘The Foxford Way’ and embarked on a 35 night tour of Germany.
In 2013, Stephen was approached to produce and compose music for a unique new Irish Danceshow titled ‘TitanicDance’ . The show based on the legendary stricken ship was launched to a sell out audience of 2000 people at The Odyssey Arena in Belfast and has since toured China, America and the UK. Stephen continues to work with the show as acting musical director.
In 2014 Stephen appeared in an Irish big screen film, ‘Jimmys Hall’ , directed by the legendary Ken Loach, the film was released in cinemas worldwide, Stephen featured playing Melodeon in the film.
In 2015 Stephen was commissioned to compose a 15 minute piece of music for the CRN Irish Dance World Championships awards ceremony. 2015 also seen Stephen out on tour for various concerts with singing legends Sean & Dolores Keane and a guest appearance with We Banjo 3 in France.
In 2016 Stephen recorded, produced and played on renowned singer Sean Keane’s new album ‘New Day Dawning’.
As an in demand front of house sound engineer Stephen has mixed well known acts such as We Banjo Three, Luka Bloom and Aldoc.
Currently Stephen continues to tour as member of The Sean Keane Band alongside various concerts with his new group ‘Blás’. His recent recordings include a debut album with Blás and also a new duo album alongside harpist Seána Davey which features many compositions written by Stephen. Other recent recording sessions by Stephen include performing on the new albums of Sean Keane, Nathan Carter and Derek Ryan. He now also works alongside Mayo/Vec Music Generation and The Mayo School of Music teaching Music throughout Mayo, and is involved in various recording projects and stage productions.
Critically acclaimed as an“effortless musician”, he features on a long list of musical recordings. Stephen is a multi-instrumentalist, playing Flute, Whistle, Accordion, Guitar, Piano and Bodhrán, and performs regularly on theSean-Nós dancing and céilí scene fronting The Salamanca Ceili Band.
In the past few years he has shared the stage with artists like, Lúnasa, Sean Keane, Dolores Keane, We Banjo 3, Dougie MacLean, Michael McGoldrick, Dermot Byrne, Slide, Sharon Shannon and has had recording sessions in Nashville with Alison Brown and Tim O’Brien. He has performed in over 20 countries to date and has also featured on RTE’s ‘Nationwide’, ‘The Late Late Show’ and ‘The View’ and on TG4′s ‘Geantraí & ‘Hup’ programmes’.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts now living in Foxford, County Mayo, David Doocey is at the forefront of a younger generation of musicians.He has won several awards including All-Ireland medals on both fiddle and concertina and the first ever World Fleadh fiddle championship in 2005. He has also achieved success in the much coveted Feile Oriel trophy, an award previously held by Tommy Peoples. He is featured on many recordings and has recorded in Nashville with Grammy award winners Tim O’Brien and Allison Brown on Gráda’s ‘Natural Angle’ which was named in NPR’s top ten folk albums of 2010.In the last number of years he has performed on stage with Michael McGoldrick, Tim O’Brien, Martin Hayes, Sean Keane, Dougie MacLean, Dermot Byrne, Sharon Shannon and many other world renowned musicians.He has several Irish and international television and radio appearances to his credit including ‘Geantraí’, BBC’s Blas Ceoil, New Zealand’s NZTV Morning Breakfast Show, and is also featured on Des Bishop’s live d.v.d “desfunctional” which was shot live in the Roisín Dubh in Galway.David has toured throughout Asia, Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand. He also teaches and can be found at the annual Willie Clancy Summer School in Milltown every year in County Clare. He has toured with the international dance shows Ragús, Irish Legends and Irish Dreams. He is a member of the band Gráda and plays with the Dave Munnelly Band, and performs a number of instruments with the Salamanca Ceili Band.Late 2013 saw the release of David’s debut solo album ‘Changing Time’. It has received rave reviews and has been described as “an exquisite debut…” The Living Tradition, “a fiddle album for the 21st century…” TradConnect, and an album “with a hip, modern feel…” Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo, New York. It also won TradConnect’s ‘Best Traditional Album Cover Design’ for 2013.
Seamie O Dowd is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who also plays fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and a number of other instruments.He has travelled worldwide playing music and has shared stages and played with many great musicians and bands including the following;Mairtin O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, Christy Moore, Declan Synott, The Chieftains, Jimmy Higgins, Tommy Emmanuel, Dervish, Steve Wickham, Matt Molloy, Liam O' Flynn, Thom Moore, Dick Gaughan, Cathy Jordan, Rick Epping, Kieran Quinn, John Joe Kelly, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Cathal Roche.His experience also includes recording production, teaching and more recently, film soundtrack work, and encompasses solo performance as well as extensive work with bands and small groups as both a member and a session musician.Seamie�s public musical experience spans four decades. He made his first radio appearance at the age of ten on a Radio Eireann programme called Young Musicians and began playing publicly with his father, the renowned Sligo fiddle player Joe O�Dowd at around the same time.
John Joe Kelly grew up in a Manchester Irish family. He started the drums by using his sister Grace's whistles as drumsticks. He then progressed on to the bodhrán and was heavily involved in the very vibrant Manchester Irish music scene. The Manchester Irish traditional music scene has been in existence for over sixty years and undergone many changes. Today Manchester has one of the most vibrant Irish traditional music scenes outside of Ireland, possibly the best. The City has an exceptionally high number of very talented musicians most of whom are second and third generation Irish. Many got their music from their parents but also took lessons from older musicians.
In this way there is a continuity consistent with the notion of a living tradition founded on oral transmission.
John Joe was influenced in his playing by great (still young) musicians such as Michael McGoldrick (Flute) and Dezi Donnelly (Fiddle), and would also be close friends of musicians of high calibre such as: Eamonn Dinan (Button Accordion), Grace Kelly (Whistles), Paul Farrell (Fiddle), Colin Farrell (Fiddle), Kevin Madden (Fiddle), Andrew Dinan (Fiddle), Sean Regan (Fiddle), Keiron Atherton (Flute/Whistles), Ged Stenson (Flute/Whistles), Shane Brown (Banjo), Colin Harries (Guitar), Brendan Dempsey (Banjo), Geraldine Lyons (Banjo), but to name a few.
John Joe holds various all All-Britain and All Ireland titles such as: 1st place in both the Drums and Lilting competitions (12-15) in 1990, in 1991 John Joe came 1st in the All Ireland Bodhrán competition (15-18), and second in the 1992 (15-18) Lilting competition.
John Joe toured extensively with St Malachy's Ceili Band with his friends in his younger days and was already a natural entertainer from these early years. With his friends from St Malachy's Ceili Band, John Joe then went on to play with a band that they founded called Ceile, for a few years.
John Joe has played with Altan and Paul Brady, and is currently playing bodhrán with FLOOK! and has been described by many as the best bodhran player in the world.
"...to say John Joe Kelly plays the bodhrán, is like saying Mount Everest is a bit of a climb" - Sidmouth Music Festival, Paul Saunders, March '99