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Samhain - Celebrating Ireland's Creative Spirit

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Samhain - Celebrating Ireland's Creative Spirit


The Embassy of Ireland, in partnership with the London Irish Centre, is delighted to host a live set from The Young Folk plus panel discussion with Dylan Haskins and other leading Irish creatives including choreographer, dance and theatre artist, Brian Gillespie.

Further guests to be announced.

Please note that places for this event are limited. The Embassy reserves the right to refuse entry.

The Young Folk

The Young Folk primarily consists of a creative triangle with Anthony Furey at its apex joined by Paul Butler and Tony McLoughlin as singer/songwriters of exceptional talent in their own right. Their new studio album First Sign of Morning signals a new direction for The Young Folk. Recorded over a 6 month period at Orphan Recording, Dublin, ´First Sign of Morning’ propels the band’s earlier leanings towards alt-folk to mainstream indie pop without abandoning their trad roots, rich lyrics and layered harmonies found so tempting on their debut album, ‘The Little Battle’ [2014, Pixie Pace Records].

2016 is shaping up to be the best year yet for The Young Folk with two national headline tours in Ireland and The Netherlands, two successful US concerts in Kansas sponsored by Culture Ireland and a new studio album on the international release runway. They are regular musical guests at Áras an Uachtaráin where they have performed for The President on request for state and private functions.

The Young Folk are delighted and very excited to announce that they have just signed a co-management deal and record licensing agreement, in cooperation with ARC Music Productions, with New York-based Tom Sarig and his Esther Creative Group. The Esther Creative Group has managed the careers of artists such as Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry, Violent Femmes, The Gaslight Anthem, Rickie Lee Jones, CAKE, Twin Atlantic, and many others. The Young Folk will be celebrating and playing their last show in Dublin this year at the Academy October the 21st.

Dylan Haskins

Broadcaster, documentary maker and producer. He co-hosts the podcast and live event series Soundings in the UK & Ireland with Irish musician Lisa Hannigan and for five years worked with Other Voices festival, presenting interviews with artists for The Guardian.com and RTÉ Radio One. He has presented and reported on music, arts and history programmes for RTÉ Two and RTÉ Radio One and in 2015 produced his first RTE Radio 1 – Documentary on One feature The Murderer, Me and My Family Tree.

In 2008 he directed Roll Up Your Sleeves, a documentary about do-it-yourself counterculture while driving an American punk band around squatted social spaces in Europe in his Dad’s old Volkswagen Golf. In addition to his broadcasting career Dylan has been a vocal advocate for arts through his membership of the board Project Arts Centre in Dublin, the Arts & Culture committee of the London Irish Centre, Science Gallery Dublin’s Leonardo Group and the curation team for Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas in Carlow. In 2015 he was announced by the Arts Council of Ireland as the recipient of the Jerome Hynes Fellowship on the UK-based Clore Leadership Programme.


Sharon Sexton

Originally from Ireland, Sharon graduated from University College Dublin with an M.A in Directing for Theatre in 2009 after a primary degree in Drama awarded by DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, where she studied acting and classical singing for three years. Over the past 10 years, Sharon has enjoyed a diverse career as a musical theatre performer, concert singer and cabaret artist. In 2013, Sharon relocated to London, where she was part of the original cast of the smash hit West End musical production of The Commitments. Following this, she completed a UK tour of Barry Manilow’s musical, Copacabana, and has now returned to the West End and is currently appearing in the renowned hit musical Billy Elliot.

On stage she is most notably recognised for her award winning portrayal of Liza Minnelli in the highly acclaimed one woman show, Somewhere Under The Rainbow (Olympia Theatre, Irish National Tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival) which made its London debut last May and continues to play around the UK.

Sharon co-founded the Biscuits For Breakfast Theatre company in 2004, with Cillian O'Donnachadha, with whom she regularly writes, directs and produces. The Company has enjoyed great success producing established and original works, which have earned them many award wins & nominations over the past decade and recently staged their second UK production, a one woman show "A Fit Wife For A Revolutionary". Directed by O 'Donnachadha this show tells the story of Kathleen Clarke during Easter Week 1916 and played in the London Irish Centre in March 2016 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Kate McLaughlin

CEO/Co-Founder of We Got POP

With a background as an Assistant Director on films such as PS I Love You, and then Sales Director of a casting agency, casting films including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Kate co-founded We Got POP, the Production Platform, in 2013. The company’s mission is to optimise production processes through the use of technology.

With credits including Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and Bond film Spectre, POP raised £450,000 from investors including Pineweood Studio in 2015. Kate continues to drive the roll out of POP’s ambitious plan with new products and geographic expansion on the horizon.

Kate is an advocate for women in business and is involved in a number of networks and a mentorship scheme for young female entrepreneurs. Kate is an elected member of the BAFTA council.

Brian Gillespie

Brian Gillespie is a choreographer, dance and theatre artist, and teacher native to Ireland and currently based in London. He is the artistic director of B-Hybrid Dance and produces contemporary dance inspired and crafted from the hybrid of influences, experiences, and interests that both he and his company members have collected and practised. Graduating in 2012 with a first-class BaHons in Dance and Theatre Studies from the University of East London and Columbia College Chicago, Brian uses his studies in dance and theatre through his work as a freelance performer, choreographer, artistic director and teacher.

Brian has created commissioned works and performances with B-Hybrid Dance for festivals/organisations such as ADOBE, The O2 Arena, Resolution! 2013/14/15, Pavilion Dance South West and more. He has also led an extensive performance career alongside his choreographic work.

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