Wednesday 22 May 2019

Noel commemorates the Maritime Stowaway session

Talented local artist Noel Kelly was honoured and excited to be commissioned by Drogheda Port Company to produce a painting of the charming Stowaway Sessions gigs which took place during the Irish Maritime festival 2018.

The Stowaway Sessions, which took place aboard a Tall Ship, began in 2017 and was one of the great success stories of the festival.

THe project was co-ordinated by the Drogheda Port Company in conjunction with the Droichead Arts Centre.

SJ McArdle and Adrian Taaffe are the inspiration for the musical talent of these unique gigs and to date they've brought inimitable headliners such as Steve Wickham and Declan O'Rourke.

The traditional sailing vessel provides a unique venue which is appreciated by both audience and artists alike and adds so much to the experience and the sound which reverberates through the ships timbers.

Noel Kelly aspired to bring these special elements to life in his painting.

To fulfil this task he went along to the Stowaway Session gigs over the two nights of the festival weekend to get a real flavour for his work. He then drew on his own experience to interpret the atmosphere into his painting.

His use of colour captured the fading summers evening and the scale of the vessel nestled under the viaduct beautifully.

'We are so delighted with Noel Kelly's work of art,' said Nessa Lally of Drogheda Port. 'He really captured the mood and elusive nature of the intimate Stowaway Sessions.'

Drogheda Independent