Percussion trio play Newbridge’s Riverbank

Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge will play host to Riverdance’s first musical director who will lead a percussion workshop from 4-6pm on Thursday June 14 in advance of a performance by the CAN Percussion Trio Concert at 8pm.

Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge will play host to Riverdance’s first musical director who will lead a percussion workshop from 4-6pm on Thursday June 14 in advance of a performance by the CAN Percussion Trio Concert at 8pm.

Noel Eccles, who was the musical director of the first Riverdance tour, is also a member of folk-rock titans Moving Hearts, the former principal percussionist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the go-to guy for a host of luminaries including U2, Elvis Costello, The Chieftains, Brian Eno and Elmer Bernstein.

This has been described as ‘a fantastic opportunity for anyway interested in the skill of percussion’.

Suitable for those of all ages, at a beginner to intermediate level, this is a great opportunity to learn from the best, followed by an outstanding concert.

Following the workshop comes the polyrhythmic delights of the CAN Percussion Trio with celebrated Irish percussionist Noel Eccles joined by two young masters of the mallet, Chris Stynes and Alex Petcu, in a thrilling programme of contemporary music, played on a range of percussion instruments including marimbas, vibraphones, crotales, lion drums, taiko, tom toms, bass drums and more.

And on Friday, June 18 at 8pm there will be a performance from Fitzrovia Radio Hour, a theatre piece that recreates the unique spirit of 1940’s radio plays and brilliantly evoking a dinner-jacketed age of casual imperialism and stiff upper lips.

Performed with cut-glass theatricality blending homage and satire, it is described as ‘rippingly good fun’ and ‘not to be missed’.