A Walk through the Deep Dark Woods
Once upon a time there was a boy called Gregory Walker, so called because he liked nothing more than going on long walks where there was the chance of an adventure. He walked up mountains and down valleys, around lakes, and through enormous yellow fields but more than anything he liked to walk through the deep dark woods... Featuring princesses, fairies, evil sorcerers and smelly trolls, this musical adventure combines story telling and music in a charming performance for the young and young at heart.
Target audience: Especially for families and younger children. The most suitable age range for young people is under 8yrs but the show has been enjoyed by children of all ages.
The Isle is Full of Noises...
This fun family show includes a ‘Top 20’ of Shakespearean music that puts the tunes in context as three motley musicians take you on an irreverent journey through the great bard’s lifetime - delivering authentic performances on lute, recorder & viol of tunes associated with Shakespeare’s plays.
Pirates, treasure maps and villains abound! – everybody can join in!
Target audience: Especially for families and young people. The most suitable age range for young people is around 7–11yrs but the show has been enjoyed by children of all ages.
The Gregory Walkers have created a show of music that is simply perfect for young people. There is no 'dumbing down' of material, simply 'animating up' to bring this most charming and vibrant material to receptive young ears.
Kilkenny Arts Festival
The Gregory Walkers are: Laoise O’Brien (recorders), Malachy Robinson (viola da gamba), Eamon Sweeney (Baroque guitar, Renaissance guitar & lute). They are experienced in delivering performances suitable for the whole family and have done so for Kilkenny Arts Festival, The ARK Children’s Cultural Centre, Galway Early Music Festival, Ardee Baroque Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, Music Generation.
Laoise O’Brien studied recorder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and holds a Masters in Performance & Musicology from NUI Maynooth. In repertoire from the 12th to the 18th centuries she has appeared with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Kilkenny and the Irish Consort. She has released two albums conceived in collaboration with artist Lorna Donlon, How Happy for the Little Birds and Sonnets for the Cradle (assisted by the Arts Council of Ireland) which have had global radio exposure. Sonnets for the Cradle was the subject of a radio feature on RTE Lyric FM which won an award at the 2013 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. Laoise lectures at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama."
Malachy Robinson had his early music education from his dad Andrew Robinson, Ireland's viola da gamba crusader. He is a prize-winning graduate of London’s Guildhall School of Music and holds a Masters degree in Historical Musicology from the University of London. He has appeared with period- performance groups the Irish Baroque Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the OAE, the Sixteen and the English Concert; he has also founded some, Trio Quattro and Armoniosa. He is principal double-bassist with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and is a founder member of Dublin’s Crash Ensemble. The quintet Lunfardia gives a contemporary twist to South- American folk music and his Robinson Panoramic Quartet is a new take on the string quartet medium."
Eamon Sweeney began his musical studies on the violin, picked up a guitar while in his teens and subsequently studied classical guitar at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. There he was exposed to the Baroque guitar, inspiring his doctoral research into the instrument. Eamon teaches and performs extensively in a variety of genres and styles, giving broadcasts, lectures and seminars in Ireland and abroad. He is committed to the provision of Music in the Community, Early Years Music, and Music in Healthcare Settings. Eamon gratefully acknowledges the support of The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Arts Council and Music Network through the Music Capital Scheme and Artist’s Bursary.