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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Wainsgate Concert: Peadar Long's Celestial Echoes

The music being performed at the next Wainsgate Chapel concert could have been written specifically with the venue in mind. With its resonant but crystal clear acoustic, the chapel is probably the ideal place to experience the exhilarating and uplifting sound of saxophonist Peadar Long’s Celestial Echoes:  an amazing jazz suite which was written to be performed in sacred spaces and which over the last 10 years has been heard in abbeys, churches, cathedrals and arts centres up and down the country.

Wainsgate Concert: Peadar Long's Celestial Echoes

Peadar Long is an experienced and accomplished composer whose roots lie not only in jazz, but in folk and roots music and also the very different world of music for theatre. As well as soprano, alto and tenor saxophone Peadar also plays various flutes, whistles and clarinets – all of which are used in Celestial Echoes – and Highland bagpipes which, mercifully, are not. Hailing from Dublin, but long settled in the Calder Valley, he has performed with world-jazz quintet Tongue & Groove, Red Hippo and The Bloody Big Soul Band, and alongside the likes of Andy Sheppard, Snake Davis, and Dennis Rollins.

Joining Peadar in the concert will be the original Celestial Echoes line-up which includes saxophonist Stuart McDonald, and Jenni Molloy on double bass, both of whom performed in Hebden Bridge as part of Jenni’s 2010 Bach Reloaded tour. Joining them on piano and keyboard is Wainsgate’s music promoter Dave Nelson who has worked with Peadar on numerous projects over the last 20 year and is perhaps best known locally for founding HX7 Jazz Club and Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

“When we started the Wainsgate concert series back in 2006, it seemed appropriate that Celestial Echoes should be the very first one,” said Dave. “After all, it was the wonderful acoustic that drew me to the building in the first place. It’s great to be performing it again after so many years!”

The concert on Sunday, 6th October starts at 3pm and tickets, which are only available on the door, are £8 and £6. Under 18s get in for just £2. Wainsgate Chapel is on Wainsgate Lane, Old Town, Hebden Bridge HX7 8SU.

Parking there is limited and reserved for disabled drivers. There are plenty of footpaths for those who’d like to walk from Hebden Bridge or there’s an hourly bus service to Old Town Mill Lane (opposite Wainsgate Lane) where parking is also available.

The next concert at Wainsgate is on November 10th with acclaimed performance-poet Hollie McNish, followed on December 21st by the Wainsgate Christmas extravaganza. More details can be found at www.wainsgate.co.uk.