Wood Quay Summer Sessions

Wood Quay Summer Sessions

There’s no such thing as a free lunch but Dublin City Council are bringing you the next best thing – free weekly lunchtime music sessions for the month of July.

Tour Dates

Thurs 27 July, 1pm Civic Offices Amphitheatre, Wood Quay

There’s no such thing as a free lunch but Dublin City Council are bringing you the next best thing – free weekly lunchtime music sessions for the month of July.

Grab your lunch and your friends and come down to the beautifully renovated Civic Offices Amphitheatre every Thursday in July from 1 – 2pm.

Programmed in association with IMC, First Music Conatct, Music Network and the Contemporary Music Centre, there’s something for everyone from jazz to hip-hop and everything in between from some of Irelands best up and coming and established acts.


Thursday 27 July presented with Music Network

1 - 1.30pm - Cormac Begley (concertina) and Libby McCrohan (bouzouki)

1.30 - 2pm - Chatham Saxophone Quartet



The Wood Quay Summer Sessions are a series of free lunchtime concerts which will take place in The Civic Offices Amphitheatre each Thursday in July. The aim of the sessions is to promote and support homegrown musical talent. Last year’s sessions featured the very best of established and up and coming Irish bands. This year the event will feature performers from across a wide range of musical genres including Jazz, Trad, Folk and more. Admission is free so grab your lunch, bring your friends and join us at The Wood Quay Summer Sessions this July. This event is brought to you by Dublin City Council’s Events Section.


Cormac Begley

Cormac Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He plays in a number of projects including: duets including Caoimhín O Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore), Rushad Eggleston (cello goblin), Libby McCrohan (bouzouki) and Liam Ó Maonlaí (singer and multi-instrumentalist); a trio entitled ‘Concertina’ (Noel Hill and Jack Talty); and with the band Ré. His playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship’ by the Irish Times (*****). He has recently recorded his debut solo album featuring the full range of concertinas to critical acclaim.


Libby McCrohan

Libby McCrohan is a bouzouki player from Dublin. She plays an original round back Greek bouzouki. Her approach to accompaniment is sensitive, subtle, and rhythmical, taking inspiration from the reg playing of uilleann pipers. She has been influenced by such accompanists as Alec Finn, Andy Irvine, John Faulkner, Paul Doyle, John Flynn, and Ruairí McGorman.


Chatham Saxophone Quartet

Runaway winners of Music Network's Young Musicwide Award in 2012, the superlative Chatham Saxophone Quartet has repeatedly won plaudits for its bravura performances and versatility.  The quartet's members - Daniel Dunne (soprano saxophone), Darren Hatch (alto saxophone), Ciaran Sutton (tenor saxophone) and Ian Finlay (baritone saxophone) - have worked closely with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet and ConTempo String Quartet in transcribing the string quartet repertoire for wind instruments. With an eclectic repertoire spanning contemporary, classical and jazz genres, as well as performing with multimedia works using tapes, tracks and visuals, this unique ensemble pushes the boundaries of what we know the saxophone quartet to be.

Thurs 27 July Civic Offices Amphitheatre, Wood Quay 1pm , FREE

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