Live Five Piece Instrumental Performance

" will find that the distance between yourself and the space's sounds has diminished, and that you have become part of the place."


Dublin / Donegal / Sligo / Galway / Kilkenny / Wicklow


A series of incredible live performances will be taking place this June in six beautiful churches in some of Ireland’s most stunning locations. The Stella Maris Project is a quintet featuring some of the most renowned European musicians. The project takes its name from the Stella Maris church in Magherabeg, Donegal.

The compositions they will perform for you have a unique beginning – they are based on speech reverberations collected from these six churches around Ireland.

The project is the result of a year-long process - the brainchild of long time musical collaborators, Irish drummer Sean Carpio and Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug.


Seán Carpio may be the finest drummer ever produced here” - The Irish Times

Mikkel Ploug is the latest sensation in European jazz guitar with a personal voice and sound that shines.” - La Vanguardia


Carpio and Ploug visited each of the six churches to record actor Genevieve Hulme-Beaman reciting the poem How To Disappear by Egyptian poet Haytham El-Wardany. Carpio’s grandfather was the architect of The Stella Maris Church– making his visit there with cousin Hulme-Beaman, an especially personal one.

Whilst Genevieve recited the poem the same way each time, the connection of her voice with the acoustics of each individual church revealed 6 very different recordings. These were then used as the inspiration for the arrangement of an instrumental suite of new music for a quintet.

The final step of this formidable project is to revisit each of the churches where the recordings initially took place and to perform the resulting compositions live for its local audience.

To that end, Carpio and Ploug have put together a dream ensemble of five musicians hailing from Ireland, Denmark, New York and Belgium to perform what has become a beautiful set of musical pieces. The quintet features drums, electric guitars, saxophone, clarinet and double bass.


For a taste of what you can expect to hear, please click below


In collaboration with Project Arts Centre, Dublin and with support from the Arts Council and RTÉ, this new group of old friends will perform a regional tour of Ireland between 23 – 28 June.

The Stella Maris concert aims to portray, through music, the various ways in which buildings echo their inhabitants, visitors and builders.


immerse yourself in your sonic environment.’



Sean Carpio (IRL) – Drum set

Mikkel Ploug (DK) – Electric Guitar

Joachim Badenhorst (BE) – Saxophone and clarinets

Simon Jermyn (IRL/US) – Electric Guitar

Jeppe Skovbakke (DK) – Double Bass




St. Werburgh's Church, Dublin - Saturday 23rd June.

Werburgh St. Dublin 8. Doors 8pm / Tickets on the door

€15 / €10


Stella Maris Church, Donegal - Sunday 24th June.

Magherabeg, Downings, Co. Donegal. Doors 8pm / Tickets OTD

€10 / €8


Calry Parish Church, Sligo - Monday 25th June.

The Mall, Co. Sligo. Doors 8pm / Tickets OTD

€15 / €10


St Nicholas' Collegiate Church, Galway - Tuesday 26th June.

7 Lombard St. Galway. Doors 5pm / Tickets OTD

€15 / €10


Duiske Abbey, Kilkenny – Wednesday 27th June.

Abbey St. Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. Doors 8pm / Tickets OTD

€15 / €10


Calary Church, Wicklow - Thursday 28th June.

Calary Upper, Kilmacanoge, Co. Wicklow. Doors 8pm / Tickets OTD

€18 / €15



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For more information please contact Sean Carpio on / 0863946333