This December, piano man Kieran Quinn launches his debut album ‘Not Just Black and White’. Ahead of the release, and alongside a stellar collective of local musicians and singers, Kieran will perform tracks from the album in a one-off concert at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Saturday November 16th.
Working with many leading musicians nationally and internationally throughout his career, Kieran Quinn has entertained audiences across the globe from New Orleans to Dubai, across Europe and throughout Ireland.
A renowned teacher and musician himself, Quinn has helped significantly shape the current thriving music scene in Sligo. Known primarily as the pianist with Anything Goes, he was also one of the main creative forces behind the popular musical theatre shows ‘An Evening with Sgt Pepper’ and this year’s ‘Shut Up and Listen’.
Along with a number of very special guests, he is looking forward to showcasing his skills as a soloist, songwriter, collaborator and accompanist, in bringing the audience at the Hawk’s Well through a varied, inventive and entertaining programme of music on November 16th.
Not Just Black and White
Over the past twelve months, Kieran has been focused on the upcoming release of his debut album “Not Just Black and White” and has spent most of autumn in the studio alongside a cohort musicians and producers working on the tracks.
He gathered 20 of his favourite musicians to record this album; Steve Wickham, Cathy Jordan, Seamie O’Dowd, Oddsocks, Sinead Conway, Dave Flynn, Eddie Lee, Ken McDonald, Steve Kohlmann, Aminah Hughes, Felip Carbonell, Anna Houston, Junior Davey, Gerry Grennan, Eoin Troy, Aileen Concannon and Vanessa Byrne are all people Kieran had formed musical relationships with over the past few years while gigging, and the excitement in the studio was palpable as new combinations came together to create exciting and original music. Dave McCune in the Ventry studio in Balbriggan engineered, mixed and helped Kieran produce the album.
Quinners on the field
Coming to music relatively later in life, Kieran spent most of his teens and early twenties travelling the world, studying for a degree in psychology and philosophy in Trinity, and was known to many locally for donning the ‘black and white’ jersey, playing Gaelic football for club and county.
With over 20 championship appearances for Sligo, Kieran played in Croke Park in some of the county’s most famous victories – over Kildare and Tyrone and the draw with eventual All-Ireland champions Armagh in 2002. He also played at midfield for the Connacht championship winning team of 2007. Kieran also helped his club, Coolera-Strandhill to their first Sligo senior title in 98 years in 2005.
€1 from the sale of each album will go directly to the Northwest Hospice and AWARE. The immense work by both of these charities has directly benefitted people close to Kieran and continues to enhance the lives of many others today. Kieran’s father Dr. Roddy Quinn was also involved in the early days of the Northwest Hospice.
From field to stage, Kieran Quinn brings his debut album to the Hawk’s Well Theatre this November. A gig not to be missed, tickets €17/14 concession are now on sale from the Hawk’s Well box office on 071 9161518 or online at www.hawkswell.com