Steve Wickham & Ray Coen

Music |
16th May 2024

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £16.50 | Supported by Kelley Swindall | Theatre

Two of Ireland’s foremost musicians, Steve Wickham (The Waterboys and NoCrows) and Ray Coen (NoCrows) take to our Theatre stage for a night of stunning music.

Steve Wickham is an Irish musician best known for his work as a violinist. Although he may not be a household name in mainstream music, his talent has been sought after by many prominent bands and artists, ensuring a considerable input into contemporary music.

Wickham was born in 1960 in Dublin, Ireland. He began playing the violin at a young age, and the classical training he received would lay the groundwork for his later accomplishments. His unique use of the violin to create distinct rock soundscapes has been seen as groundbreaking, earning him the nickname “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.”

Although he had recorded and toured with Irish rockers, U2, having played Sunday Bloody Sunday on the War album in 1982/83, Wickham’s music really took off in 1984 when he joined The Waterboys bringing his Celtic influence to the rock band. His exemplary violin skills breathed a fresh life into the ensemble’s music and helped shape their unique sound. Wickham’s contribution to the band’s seminal 1985 album, “This is the Sea,” the album being particularly noted for his soaring violin on the track The Pan Within.

Ray Coen hails from Drumiskabole, Ballisadare, County Sligo. The first thing he remembers is singing and dancing in the family kitchen. He got his first guitar at age 11, but didn’t tune it until he was 13. Into his teens, he turned to electric guitar, playing rock’n’roll and heavy metal with his first bands Bad Taste and China Red.

Eventually the Sligo traditional music scene started calling to him, and he started playing mandola, banjo and fiddle. In 2000 with Rodney Lancashire he recorded an album of traditional songs called Mactire. In 2002 he joined Deirde Byron-Smith, Anna Houston and Tommy Scanlon for the Cadenza album Attic Notes where he contributed original songs and tunes.

2009 saw his solo album Out of Sight released. Since then he has performed all over Ireland, England, Europe and Japan playing and recording original, traditional and World music. He is currently a member of The Craic Addicts, The Atlantic Orchestra and NoCrows.

Support Kelley Swindall

An engaging raconteur with a mischievous smile as well as a very fine singer” (Americana UK),  Georgia Born, NYC/Nashville based Americana Artist, Kelley Swindall, has toured the US and now the UK, for the better part of the decade w/ her brand of self-taught & styled southern folk blues.
Equally, at home in a biker bar or under a proscenium arch, she takes the stage solo, armed w/ her moxie and an acoustic guitar, singing about the stuff classic country is made of: heartache, heartbreak, redemption, revenge, life, death, and those pesky existential musings in between, all filtered through a sassily southern perspective, w/ equal parts humor and pathos.

Her debut studio album,  “You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want”, was released on NYC-based Velvet Elk Records in September of 2020, to glowing reviews, with American Songwriter declaring  “Swindall affirms her place with ‘You Can Call Me Darlin If You Want”. Country Music People (UK) gave the album 5 out 5 stars, and Americana UK urged  “Don’t let this masterpiece pass you by”. “Darlin’”  was then named to several US and UK publications end of the year “best of” lists, and enjoyed the #1 position on Europe’s Hot Disc Top 40 charts for 6 consecutive weeks, as audiences took a shine to the strong and vulnerable female character that grace the songs.

She has since toured the UK extensively, sharing the stage and supporting artists such as Billy Bragg, Jim Jones Revue, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Robert Vincent, fellow New Yorker Jesse Malin, and gracing the stages of various Festivals including Glastonbury and Kendal Calling.

You can currently find her putting the finishing touches on the songs for her upcoming album “Memento Mori (Ergo Carpe Diem)”, and will be appearing live in the UK/ EU in Spring/ Summer 2024 .

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16th May 2024

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