Seamie O'Dowd

Music legend Seamie O’Dowd launching new album at Mayo venue

GUITARIST, singer and songwriter Seamie O’Dowd, esteemed for his musical abilities and love of instruments, has played across the globe, earning the respect of fellow musicians and traditional music fans alike. On Thursday, November 16, he proudly launches his new fiddle album, ‘Further Down the Line’, at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar.

Having previously performed with legendary talents Elvis Costello, Mark Knopfler, Townes Van Zandt, Davy Spillane and Maire Brennan, to name but a few, local audiences now have an opportunity to witness Seamie’s playing prowess live on the Linenhall stage.

Musician and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Doocey, one of the Irish music scene's most in-demand accompanists, supports Seamie on the night. Opening proceedings is renowned Mayo native Tony Reidy, a singer/songwriter, musician and raconteur revered across the country for his music skills.

O’Dowd started learning to play the fiddle aged eight from his parents, Sheila and Joe, both hailing from the south Sligo region, and deeply rooted in its longstanding music traditions. He made his first radio broadcast at just 10 years old, and was quickly established as one of the finest fiddlers of his age in the west of Ireland.

Immersed in the local session scene alongside his parents, Seamie was playing guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo and a number of other instruments by the age of 18.


Other upcoming arts events at the Linenhall include the national tour of Anna Newell’s I am Baba, aimed at babies under one year of age.

Running on November 23 and 24, all shows are sold out but those interested in attending can contact the Linenhall box office to be added to the waiting list.


A French mystery thriller, based on real life events, The Night of the 12th is the latest installment of the ever popular Linenhall Film Club, on Tuesday, November 28.

When a woman is murdered, what starts as an investigation into the victim’s life and a shocking crime soon turns into a haunting obsession for newly promoted Detective Vivès and his team as the killer evades them.


The Linenhall’s autumn/winter programme culminates with Infinite Light - an adventure in Light Phenomena curated by artist Cathal McCarthy.

This dazzling project, running from December 1 to 9, involves two large scale installations in which audiences will be encouraged to explore colour and light both in a transformed Linenhall theatre and in SuperValu car park.

Full details on all events are available via or by phone on (094) 9023733.