Remembering Leonard Cohen at Maynooth University

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‘I Remember You Well…’ – the Webb Sisters and friends perform and remember Leonard Cohen with John MacKenna. Tickets now on sale for 20th June event hosted by Maynooth University.

Remembering Leonard Cohen

Maynooth University hosting this event looking at the life, work and influence of one of the 20th century’s best loved poets and singer/songwriters, Leonard Cohen. This event is the culmination of the University’s Department of Adult & Community Education Summer School 2019 ‘Popular Culture and the Making of Meaning – social issues in the works of Leonard Cohen, Dory Previn and Paul Simon.’ The programme is part of the BA in Community Studies and was conceived of and delivered by author, poet, playwright and friend of Leonard Cohen, John MacKenna. John will be joined by two artists who had distinctive parts to play in Leonard Cohen’s return to live performances: Charley and Hattie Webb.

In 2008, Leonard Cohen went back on the road and, flanked by some of the world’s best known and most respected musicians, delighted audiences around the globe. For many people, this may have been their introduction to the voices of the Webb Sisters, but the impression left by their singular harmonies that elevated each song into the celestial is something that, once witnessed, would never be forgotten.

About This Event

At 7pm on Thursday, 20 June, John, Charley and Hattie will be joined by novelist and poet Dermot Bolger, renowned songwriter and musician Kevin Doherty, and academic, writer and activist Dr Bríd Connolly, to remember Leonard Cohen and his influence upon their own work and their personal lives. The setting of the Aula Maxima on the campus of Maynooth University will provide an intimate venue for conversation, music and song, with a convivial evening guaranteed for all.

  • Attend: Maynooth University’s Aula Maxima, on Thursday, 20 June, 7pm-9pm.
  • Tickets: €20, available at mu.ie/webb-sisters

The Webb Sisters

The Webb Sisters were chosen to join Leonard Cohen’s live band on his first tour for 15 years, playing 247 shows around the world between 2008 and 2010, including performances at Kilmainham in Dublin and Lissadell House in Sligo. Their album, Savages, produced by multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Peter Asher, was released in May 2011. ‘Baroque Thoughts,’ featured on Savages, won the International Music Award for ‘Best Adult Contemporary Song.’ The Webb Sisters also have given their distinctive vocal sound to the recordings and live performances of artists Tom Petty, Sting, The Avett Brothers, Glen Hansard, Goyte, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Natalie Maines (of the Dixie Chicks), Damien Rice and Elvis Costello.

John MacKenna

John MacKenna the author of 16 books—novels, short-story collections, memoirs, biography and poetry. He is a winner of the Hennessy, Irish Times and C Day Lewis awards and was nominated for the Irish Fiction Laureate award.


Gemma Creagh

Gemma is a nomadic writer, filmmaker, & journalist. She was born in Cork, lives in Dublin, and studied in Belfast & Galway, where she graduated from NUIG’s Writing MA. She has penned articles for national publications and is the editorial assistant for Film Ireland Magazine. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy ‘Rental Boys’ for RTÉ’s Storyland. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world.
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