Francis Roche Memorial Lecture

Monday 27th June, 5pm (Theatre 2)

The 2022 Francis Roche Memorial lecture will be delivered by legendary percussionist Tommy Hayes titled ‘The Diverse Career of an Irish Percussionist’. This public event takes place in Theatre 2, Irish World Academy Building. Admission is free / saor cead isteach.


Tommy Hayes

Featured on over 400 albums, Tommy Hayes has been at the forefront of Irish traditional music for over 40 years. He has been a member of countless ground-breaking ensembles throughout his career, including being a founding member of Stockton’s Wing and the original percussionist with Riverdance. He is a highly sought-after teacher for workshops and masterclasses worldwide, and has been the bodhrán tutor at the Dublin Institute of Technology for eight years.

In addition to his impressive career as a performer and teacher, he also holds a Masters in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. He has a private music therapy practice with a focus on mental health, and is a guest lecturer on the MA Music Therapy course in the University of Limerick.









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