St. Patrick Goes to The Punjab in Albany Theatre event
The Albany Theatre
BY JAMES RODGER
Two of Coventry’s longest established communities celebrate each other’s culture in a spectacular evening of music and dance on March 19 at the city's Albany Theatre.
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.
The event is being promoted in partnership with Coventry Irish Society.
The Society has recently expanded its remit into supporting Irish artistic activity in order to increase awareness and develop links within the wider community.
Tickets are on sale at The Albany Theatre box office, price £12 (with concessions).
Book tickets here.