The Hermit Collective
WHAT A YEAR!?!
We are really delighted to be this years Irish WINNERS of the prestigious EPIC AWARD! 2016!
and we are wrapping up the brilliant year with a FREE event in SLIGO TOWN:
TRICKY'S MCGARRIGLES, O'CONNELL ST.,
7pm-10, on THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER///
EPIC AWARD....Two lucky reps. went off to Cardiff Castle to collect the prize and had a brilliant time there, thanks to Epic and Voluntary Arts. Following our brilliant CELEBRATION PARTY in SPELLS RUM+BLACK MUSIC CLUB, and our gig in the CRUACHAIN AI HERITAGE CENTRE, we have been doing loads of fun pop-up events in farmers markets, parks, and most recently The Secret Village Festival in Ballaghaderreen!
Our artist's had a GROUP SHOW in BALLYMOTE LIBRARY:
from16th August, which ran until the whole Hermit Collective closed it on Culture Night.
We fundraised for urgent basic humanitarian relief in the Calais Refugee Camp on Friday 10th October, Spells Rum+Black Music Club, Ballaghaderreen, and had our AGM there last week too//
On another note; In January we raised 200euro for Pikpa camp in Lesvos, Greece, at our event in Claremorris Town Hall... and in October we raised 805euro for emergency relief in Calais...
for as-it-happens updates of hermitty activity..
UNDERNEATH: Barry's Bar, Grange, Co Sligo 28th March 2015 (now very sad to say it has had to shut it doors..brilliant venue, recovery where are ya?)
BELOW: Ballymote library 7th May, and the Hawk's Well theatre 20th June 2015
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The Hermit Collective are a wandering band of writers, painters, etchers, puppeteers, singers, accordion flute banjo guitar sitar saxophone and bodhran players, Viking potters, sculptors, film makers and more. We put on pop-up shows in rural towns, or indeed anywhere we can get to.
Our first outing was on Mayday 2014, Boyle Library, followed by;
Charlestown Arts Centre, Co Mayo, 4th July;
Bundoran Fringe Festival, Co Donegal, 20th July;
Five Glens Arts Festival, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, 23rd August;
Ballaghaghaderreen Library, Co Roscommon, for Culture Night, 19th September;
King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon, 13th December 2014;
Barry's Bar+Venue, Grange, Co Sligo, 28th March 2015;
Ballymote library, Co Sligo, 7th May 2015;
Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo, 20th June 2015;
Spells Rum&Black Music Club, Ballaghaderreen, 21st October 2015;
Claremorris Town Hall, Co Mayo, 30th January 2016;
Spells Rum&Balck Music Club PARTY! 9th April 2016;
Cruachain Ai Heritage Centre, Tulsk 14th May 2016;
Boyle Arts Festival -farmers market! - July 2016;
Knockanstockan festival, Wicklow (kids area) July 2016;
Secret Village Festival, Ballaghaderreen 5th August 2016;
Ballymote Library, Culture Night September 2016;
Spells Rum&Black Music Club, October 2016;
Tricky's McGarrigles, Sligo Town, 8th December 2016
Our regular line-up includes the following:
Jessamine O Connor
Carol Jane Wilson
Jaqui Wright (Viking pottery)
Carmel Balfe (puppets)
and we've had great guests;
We are deeply sorry to have lost our friend and fellow hermit Karen Sheils.
She was a beautiful woman and artist, her batik work lit up our events
in Charlestown and Bundoran, and continue to light all the homes where they hang. With love to her children, partner, family, and friends,
Thank you Karen.
(AKA the Hermit Houseband!)