Galway-based spectacle theatre company Macnas are seeking young musicians aged 15 – 19 to join the internationally-acclaimed Macnas drumming troupe.
An open audition workshop will be held on Sat 24th of February from 12pm – 2pm at the Macnas workshop in Fisheries Field, on the grounds of NUI Galway, with 15 places available. The auditions workshop will be led by drumming instructor Éimhín Cradock and Macnas musical director Orlagh de Bhaldraithe.
All attending the workshop are asked to bring one drum that bests suits their style of play e.g. snare, tom, floor tom.
Those successful in the auditions will be invited to attend weekly rehearsals with a view to performing with Macnas during the annual Hallowe’en parade in Galway, as well as joining the company for performances across Ireland and the world.
The troupe will meet weekly at 8pm on Tuesdays at Macnas during term time and a full commitment is required from those joining the troupe.
Éimhín Cradock has taught hundreds of drum students over the past 15 years. He studied under the original drum adviser to Macnas, Mike Arrigan. Éimhín currently runs his own drum group called Drumadore who are known for their drumming at Connacht rugby matches and many other local and regional events. Éimhín also toured the world with the legendary Saw Doctors and has recorded with many bands such as the Whileaways, The Latchiko’s, This Nachez, EDFT and many more.
As Musical Director for Macnas, Orlagh De Bhaldraithe has written the musical narrative for numerous outdoor spectacle shows, both in Ireland and internationally, including soundtrack composition and engineering community ensembles for live performance. As a musician, Orlagh has toured Ireland, the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. She is also a performance poet and a was a finalist in the 2015 Cúirt Poetry Slam.
Macnas is an award winning internationally-acclaimed spectacle theatre company who create large-scale interactive, immersive spectacle events for audiences communities and festivals across the globe.