- 18 Dec 21
The courthouse sessions are a celebration of Hark! A Kells Christmas Carol – a special festival being produced by Sofft Productions. All Rise was filmed in association with Meath Arts Office and Sofft Productions, as part of the Llps scheme.
Tonight (Saturday 18 December) will see the premiere on the Hot Press YouTube channel of All Rise: The Kells Courthouse Sessions, a unique film of live performances, coinciding with the Hark! A Kells Christmas Carol mini-festival event in the Co. Meath town. The film – Episode 1 in a series of three All Rise sessions which will be premiered by Hot Press – includes memorable performances by ace uilleann piper Paddy Keenan, who originally came to prominence with The Bothy Band; singer-songwriter Robert John Ardiff; and Navan guitar wizard, Jimmy Smyth with Karrie O'Sullivan, among others. It will be launched at 8pm.
Tonight's mini-festival in Kells will feature musical performances from Paddy Keenan, Paddy Smith Band with Jeanne McGovern, Matthew Gilsenan & Deirdre Shannon and Robert J Ardiff, plus pop-up theatrical experiences by Meath’s very own Circus Gerbola, Deirdre Kinahan and Fred Cooke. The event promises to be an evening brimming with "marvellous lights, garlands galore, spectacular sounds, tasty treats, wondrous entertainment and joyous memories."
"The show will begin at 8pm, with a pre show welcome by Kells Silver Band at 7:30pm and some delicious treats to warm you as you wait,” the organisers promise. "Come hither, gather your friends and family, and join us on a special December night to celebrate the community we find in music and live gatherings!"
The film, beautifully shot by Elton Mullally of Southpaw Pictures, distils the musical spirit of the occasion in a very special, intimate way.
All Rise: The Kells Courthouse Sessions is a celebration of musicians, artists and the magic of the creative space. Shot on location at Kells Courthouse; a cultural hub in the heart of Co. Meath, this three part series features both Meath legends like Paddy Keenan and Jimmy Smyth to up and coming talent like Paper Clap Sound and Kollective. This was filmed in association with Meath Arts Office and Sofft Productions as part of the Llps scheme. For more info see www.sofftproductions.com