Image shown: The Claddagh Rogues perform at The Mermaid Arts Centre

The Claddagh Rogues, UK musicians Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher, and Gamelan Spréacha Geala are part of the line-up for World Mental Health Day on 10 October at 49 North Street, the new Centre for Wellness and Creativity in Skibbereen. 

Lunchtime session: 1 – 2.30pm 

Music session featuring The Claddagh Rogues and special guests Ros Hawley and Mark Fisher. Light refreshments will be served.

The Claddagh Rogues are currently touring their new folk album For the Record across Ireland, with songs that speak openly of homelessness, addiction, mental health difficulties and recovery. The band started life during an artist-in-resident project at the Cork Simon Community in 2007.

These songs of hope, loss and freedom are songs from the heart, songs of the people, in the vein of Marley and Cash’ – John Spillane, Singer-Songwriter

Described by The Guardian as ‘one of the UK’s leading klezmer clarinettists’, Ros Hawley is a Music for Health specialist based in Manchester, working alongside guitarist / bassist / bouzouki player Mark Fisher.

Evening session: 7.30 – 9pm

Gamelan Spréacha Geala open workshop

The gamelan is a spectacular set of tuned bronze percussion instruments which come from the ancient musical court tradition of Java in Indonesia. The Skibbereen-based Gamelan Spréacha Geala is directed by Kevin McNally, Department of Music at UCC.  You are invited to try out this inclusive orchestra, which requires no previous musical experience to play.

Free event, all welcome.

49 North Street: The mission of this creative space run by West Cork Mental Health Services is to promote recovery and wellness in collaboration with the local community. The majority of programmes are a result of partnership or co-production with service users and the wider local community. Some of these initiatives include Bantry Community Choir, Gamelan Spréacha Geala, The Happiness Ensemble, The Séisíun poets and The Ealaíon Artists. Through such collaborations, the centrality of empowerment in the process of recovery is delivered in practice.

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