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Stowaway Sessions on board Tall Ship Earl of Pembroke

14th June 2017
Steve Wickham and his band brought his unique style of music and fiddle playing on board on Saturday night Steve Wickham and his band brought his unique style of music and fiddle playing on board on Saturday night

One of the musical highlights of the recent Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda were the two unique sold out concerts held on the deck of the Tall Ship Earl of Pembroke on the historic River Boyne.

The idea for the Stowaway Sessions on board a Tall Ship began over four months ago and the project was co-ordinated by the Drogheda Port Company in conjunction with the Droichead Arts Centre. SJ McArdle and Adrian Taaffe were the inspiration for the musical talent on both nights.

On the first evening Alt-pop pair Heathers brought their beautiful harmonies on board and they were supported by local band the Carolan Brothers.

The vessel provided a unique venue which was appreciated by both audience and artists alike and added so much to the experience.

Steve Wickham and his band brought his unique style of music and fiddle playing on board on Saturday night and showcased a number of new songs which reverberated through the ships timbers. He was supported by another local band, Kern who looked and sounded totally at home on a Tall Ship.

The vessel arrived into Drogheda Port on Friday 9th June and within two hours was transformed into a concert space. A number of logistical challenges were overcome with the help of an enthusiastic crew, the hatch cover over the hold acting as the stage and the hold itself becoming a once off green room for the artists.

The entire experience was a tremendous success and went without a hitch. The Earl of Pembroke set sail from Drogheda on Monday 12th June taking with it the memories of two unforgettable evenings.

Published in Drogheda Port Team

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