Improvised Music Company & Spike Cello Fest

Spike Cello Fest

SPIKE Dublin’s Alternative Cello Festival
10th- 12th February, 2017
Further Tickets and Info Here 


Improvised Music Company are delighted to support Spike Cello festival by commissioning composer and woodwind instrumentalist Seán MacErlaine (This is How We Fly and Quite Ensemble) to compose a piece for cello and electronics which will be premiered  by Kate Ellis on the final day of the festival. This more formal lunchtime Sunday Concert on 12th February will be held in the renowned Dublin Municipal Hugh Lane Gallery as part of their popular series of FREE 'Sundays at Noon' concerts.  

Festival Programme 

Friday 10th February
Opening Concert: Mary and The Pigeons | Lioba Petrie| Vyvienne Long
Main Space, The Workman's Cub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 | 8pm | €15

Saturday 11th February
Hugh Buckley & Cello Ireland | Rushad Eggleston

Main Space, The Workman's Cub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 | 8pm | €15

Sunday 12th February
Kate Ellis

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 | 12 noon | Free event
Kevin Murphy | Neil Martin | Open Jam session
Main Space, The Workman's Cub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 | 8pm | €15


The inaugural Spike Cello Festival is a three-day programme of cello-related events taking place from 10th to 12th February 2017 in various venues across Dublin. This exciting new festival celebrates the diverse use of the cello across non-classical music styles and genres from Jazz, Traditional, Folk, Pop and Rock, to cello yoga and the "cello-clowning" of US cello performance artist extraordinaire, Rushad Eggleston.

The Workman’s Club will be the hub of the festival. The atmospheric downstairs space will house the evening events, starting with an all female line up for the opening concert on Friday 10th with Mary and the Pigeons, Lioba Petrie and Vyvienne Long. Saturday night will see Hugh Buckley and Cello Ireland take to the stage, followed by Rushad Eggleston, and the festival will draw to a close with a Sunday night concert with Kevin Murphy, Neil Martin and a cello jam session.   

Tickets cost €15 per event or €50 weekend pass (plus booking fee) available from


Kate Ellis

With an interest in the use of electronics, Kate has commissioned and premiered works by numerous Irish and International composers and has toured and broadcast in Australia, the USA, Europe and China. Kate has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Iarla O Lionaird, Gavin Friday and Karan Casey and plays regularly with Tarab, Yurodny and the Ergodos Musicians.

Kate is artistic director of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s leading new music group, with whom she has been Cellist since 2002. As a member of Crash, Kate has collaborated with Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Terry Riley, Dawn Upshaw, Iarla O Lionaird and Gavin Friday, and has premiered works by Terry Riley, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigursson and Donnacha Dennehy. She has performed at the Canberra International Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon (NYC), Electric Picnic, with residencies at the 2012 Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival and Princeton University and performances at the Barbican Centre, Kings Place, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centre.

Future projects include performances of newly commissioned works from Donnacha Dennehy and Double Bass player Barry Guy, performances with Gavin Bryars, solo shows with visual artist Rory Tangney and a collaboration with Jazz Musician Francesco Turrisi and singer Savina Yannatou. In August 2014 Kate released Jump – a CD of new commissioned works for cello and electronics on the Diatribe label.

Cellist Kate Ellis has an admirable reputation as an instinctive and technically brilliant musician.

– The Irish Examiner
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