Spike Cello Fest is a 3 day programme celebrating the cello. It will take place on the weekend of Feb 10 - 12 in Dublin. This brand new festival celebrates the diverse use of cello across non- classical music styles and genres from Jazz, Traditional, Folk, Pop and Rock, to cello-yoga and the 'cello-clowning' of renowned US cello performance-artist extraordinaire, Rushad Eggleston.
We were inspired to host this festival after working in the field of 'alternative cello' for many years. We often talked about how much fun and what a great experience it would be to gather together as many cellists as we could for a weekend of concerts and workshops celebrating the diversity of cello. The 'star' of our inaugural event is Rushad who will bring his outstanding show to the Workmans from California on the 11th February. Prior to this he will do a small show and a workshop in Limerick.
As well as being a virtuosic performer, Rushad Eggleston is an inspirational and charismatic teacher- to this end we have organized 4 workshops in the local community during his stay. He has worked in music performance for 20 years and is a well-known character in his native California. The festival will benefit hugely from his colourful presence and experience.
We are seeking support here to cover the costs of accommodation, travel and fees for Rushad Eggleston. Other funding contributors to to the festival include NCH for sponsorship towards flights and workshop fees, Hugh Lane Gallery Concerts and an IMC supported commission.
It is really important to us that the festival becomes a fixture in the Irish calendar. We have had a lot of interest from international artists in a very short time. We feel it is essential to make sure that our inaugural festival maintains its integrity by offering a world-class international artist as part of the programe, while staying within budget, for the festival's future prospects. Ground support for us will mean that next year we have a proven record it will allow the event to blossom and not be buried under debt.
'We' are cellists Lioba Petrie and Mary Barnecutt. We created Spike Cello Fest to present a programme catapulting the diverse and non-classical traditions of the cello to centre stage. The atmospheric Workman's Club on Dublin's quays will house the evening events and the daytime workshops will take place in both primary schools and the National Concert Hall.
Lioba is a cellist, composer, music teacher, co-curator of successful Kaleidoscope Night, a founder member of 3epkano. Mary Barnecutt is singer/cellist with Mary and the Pigeons, a concert co-ordinator for the Hugh Lane Gallery concerts at noon series and works both in music education and as a freelance cellist.
To ensure strong ticket sales for our event we have hired social media and an established arts PR specialist, Stephanie Dickenson who is dying to learn the cello now!
Thank you so much for your curiosity in our project - we hold it very dear to our cellos!