October 2016: Hot Club of Cowtown

07 November 2016

During their national tour, Hotclub of Cowtown facilitated two Learning and Participation activities, in Dublin and Drogheda. We partnered with Kylemore Music Centre and Music Generation Louth to organise the Learning and Participation activities.

In advance of the first concert of the tour, the three musicians held a demonstration/question and answer session at The Sugar Club with seventeen students and staff of Kylemore Music Centre and Ballyfermot College of Further Education. The musicians performed a number of songs, and took questions on instrumental technique and their own musical studies/background, as well as giving advice on working in the music industry.

On the afternoon of the musicians’ concert at the Droichead Arts Centre, Elana James facilitated a workshop with students of Music Generation Louth and members of the Drogheda Orchestral Collective. The workshop was open to string players, and five violin/fiddle players and two cellists participated. The participants worked on instrumental techniques e.g double stopping and bowing, as well as song accompaniment and taking solos. They worked on ‘Take Me Back to Tulsa’ and ‘Your Cheating Heart’, and participants were delighted to be mentioned during the concert that evening when these pieces were performed by the full band.


Participant Feedback

"Excellent musicians and singers"

"Very down to earth band with great experience and talented as individual musicians with very good chemistry"

"Genuine, soulful, amazing. Interesting experience."

"The set-up was really good and very comfortable"


Project Partner Feedback

"A thoroughly positive experience all round, from the overall organisation to the Q & A to the gig itself. We had prepped our students as part of their course so that worked well at the Q&A. A group of students with no background in the style fully engaged with an outstanding musical experience. Proof- they all attended the gig afterwards. The Hotclub themselves really inspired the students with their answers and performance." Gerard Flanagan, Kylemore Music Centre