Tread Softly festival treats


The Tread Softly festival will present three entertaining and very different events at the end of this month, bookings for which are available right now through the Hawk’s Well Theatre.

FIDDLE: The Kane Sisters, Yvonne and Liz, will play at the Hawk's Well on July 20.
FIDDLE: The Kane Sisters, Yvonne and Liz, will play at the Hawk’s Well on July 20.

Kicking things off is the Storytelling event “Legend” in the theatre on Tuesday, July 28. Admission is just €5. The doors open at 8.30pm and storytelling gets underway at 9pm.

“Legend” is an open mic storytelling night. The public are invited to join in alongside some special guests including the spellbinding Neil Horgan.
The theme, inspired by the Tread Softly festival, is Love. Bring yourself and your story along, put your name in the hat and cross your fingers and toes. The only thing worse than getting up, is not getting up.

All are welcome; born raconteurs, those who want to test their mettle, actors, musicians, performers and anyone who likes a good night out.
Let the seeds of your story start to perculate now. You can visit the theatre website ( to avail of some storytelling tips. Contributors should aim for roughly five minutes of storytelling.

On Thursday, July 30, the Hawk’s Well will play host to not one set of siblings, but two. The Kane Sisters and the Hayden Brothers will perform from 8pm. Admission is €18 (€15 concession) and a special price of €9 for those under 18.

There’s nothing quite like the intense musical understanding of family members who draw from the same well of inspiration.

What better siblings to celebrate the concept of ‘two peas in a musical pod’ than Liz and Yvonne Kane from Connemara, and Cathal and Steven Hayden from Pomeroy.

Fiddlers all, these sisters and brothers have wonderfully different fiddling styles and are accompanied by John Blake and Seamie O’Dowd respectively.

Traditional Irish fiddle-playing sisters, Liz and Yvonne Kane, are from Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway. They released their third album Side by Side in July 2010. They released their debut album The Well-Tempered Bow in 2002 followed in 2004 by Under the Diamond.

Cathal and Steven Hayden grew up in Pomeroy, Co Tyrone, an area immersed in traditional music. From a musical family they have the tunes in their blood.
Cathal played with Arcady and is a founding member of Found Men and a Dog with whom both of the brothers now play. They are currently recording an album.

On the last day of July, Friday 31, at 8pm Tabby Callaghan, backed by a band of superb local musicians led by Kieran Quinn, will deliver a night of the smoothest music around.

“Swing Sligo” reignites the Swing era which dominated American music, dance and fashion for a decade from the mid 30s. Bringing the big band sound back to life, Tabby will be at his smooth, swaggering, show-stopping best. Tickets cost €18 (€15 concession) and a special price of €9 for those under 18.

Tickets for all these shows can be booked through the theatre box office on 071-9161518 or online at

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