Saint Sister on stage in Belfast last month, with their drummer, Athlone man Shane Gough (right), after they were awarded the Northern Ireland Music Prize for Best Album. (Photo: Ciara McMullan / Saint Sister on Twitter)

Award-winning duo Saint Sister to perform with local drummer in Athlone

The renowned Irish alternative/indie folk duo Saint Sister are coming to Athlone's Dean Crowe Theatre for a special concert in just over a week's time, on Saturday, December 11.

Saint Sister is made up of Morgana MacIntyre from Belfast and Gemma Doherty from Derry, and for the last five years their drummer has been Athlone musician Shane Gough.

Shane, from Retreat Park, has performed extensively across the globe with Saint Sister, including tours supporting Hozier, Keane and The National, as well as Saint Sister's own headline tours of America and Europe.

He also played on their most recent record, 'Where I Should End', which last month won the Best Album award at the Northern Ireland Music Prize.

At next week's show in the Dean Crowe, Morgana and Gemma will be backed by Shane and their band.

"We have been from Glastonbury to Other Voices together," explained Shane. "They perform a lot as a two-piece, so the Athlone concert is a rare opportunity to catch the full-band, full production show."

Built around mesmerising close-knit vocal harmonies, electro-acoustic harp and synthesisers, Saint Sister's sound has been likened to that of Enya, Lisa Hannigan and Cocteau Twins.

Their 2018 debut LP Shape of Silence was met with critical acclaim and nominated for the Choice Music Prize.

Their second full-length release, 'Where I Should End' was described by the Irish Times as "a fully realised and superbly executed album" in which they "write about a changing Ireland from the viewpoint of a progressive generation."

The show in Athlone is supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and Westmeath County Council as part of the Local Live Performance Programme Scheme.

The Dean Crowe is open to audiences and for organised public events with protective measures and limited capacities in place. The venue is able to welcome patrons who are fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 within the previous 6 months, or minors accompanied by an adult.

Attendees are asked to please bring photo ID and proof of vaccination with them, and early arrival at the theatre is advised for all events. Face coverings and physical distancing are currently required indoors, and the theatre continues to operate an online-only box office at this time.

Booking and information for all events is available through the theatre website.