It was my first trip to the centre, part of a UNESCO Global Geopark no less! The history of the Bonmahon copper mining industry featured in a film shown at the Imagine Arts Festival in 2013and featured on this blog post Bonmahon copper minining on film . The centre housed in a converted church, makes for a convivial performing space. We sat at long tables under a vaulted timber ceiling sipping tempranillo . There are arched timber doors, a stone wall lining and a little bar in one corner.
The heat of a Spanish sun was conjured from a guitar by the fingers of Joey Whelan in two sets of works by Tarrega, Piazzola, Villa Lobos, Granados, Scarlatti, Albeniz and others, all performed from memory. Whelan added spoken programme notes and his performance was assured, very polished and quite enthralling.
The event was associated with West Waterford Food Festival and opened with an address from the chairman. There was food for body as well as the soul as during the interval, Mexican nibbles were served courtesy of El Sombrero who operate out of Dunhill Eco Park.
It was an evening of many parts that combined to make a memorable occasion. It was extraordinary, that while many live music events struggle to attract an audience, in this relatively remote part of West Waterford quite a way from any major conurbation, on a miserable rainy evening, there was a audience of 50 patrons gathered. John Galloway was a gracious MC and sombreros off to Copper Coast manager, Catherine Kavanagh on a fabulous PR job.
|El Sombrero: Javier Garduno & Michelle Comerford|