Return to London Town Festival 2020 - Ashford Place - Accompaniment Workshop - Tad Sargent

Traditional Irish Accompaniment Workshop 2:30pm-4:30pm
Intermediate – Advanced Level
Tutor: Tad Sargent

About this Event

Ashford Place is a Covid secure venue with capacity monitoring, social distancing, sanitising measures and a one way system in place.

Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your workshop start time to register (wearing a face covering, unless exempt). Please sanitise your hands on arrival and adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

The on-site cafe will be open for drinks and snacks during your visit.

Please note that this workshop is aimed at Intermediate to Advanced level players (not beginners).

Tad Sargent

A multi-instrumentalist, Tad has performed/recorded and worked with many great musicians and groups such as Tony Christie, The Kelly Family, Angelo Kelly, Brian McNeill, Sylvain Barou, Michael McGoldrick, Mohsen Amini, Benedict Morris, Cara Dillon, Steph Geremia, Orlaith McAuliffe, Emma Kirkby, Joby Talbot, Barrule, Kristina Train, Celtic Crossroads, Belinda Sykes & Joglaresa, Luke Daniels, The Dhol Foundation, Ranagri, Crossharbour, Bible Code Sundays, and The Long Notes. He made an album with the Breton uilleann piper Loïc Bléjean which was released in Autumn 2016.

Work at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre include: Taming of the Shrew (2016), and Henry IV part 1 (2019)

His bodhrán and bouzouki playing can be heard on recordings and films including the 2010 film “Burke and Hare” (John Landis), Barulle’s album “Mananans Cloak”, CrossHarbour’s eponymous debut album, Ranagri’s “Tradition” and Tony Christie’s album “The Great Irish Song Book”. He played Bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán, harmonium, piano, and mandocello on Matt Tighe’s debut album, and composed the reel ‘First Born’ (dedicated to the McAuliffe family) which was used on James Patrick Gavin’s debut album Chewing the Fat.

London Born Tad Sargent, whose family roots hail from Castlebar in County Mayo, started playing music at a young age on the piano. He started playing the bodhrán in 2002 after re-discovering his childhood love for Irish music. Learning about Irish music took years of attending sessions run by the London Irish banjo player Mick O’Connor.

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