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Damien O'Kane & Ron Block

Connaught Studio

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Damien O’Kane and Ron Block reconnect and revitalise the carrying streams of Irish and bluegrass music.

What do you get if you cross an American bluegrass banjo and an Irish tenor banjo? In the case of Coleraine’s Damien O’Kane and California’s Ron Block you get fireworks – and a spectacular debut duo album that confounds expectations.

On either side of the Atlantic, O’Kane and Block decided to stop laughing at banjo jokes and concentrate instead on mastering the instrument. With two bold and acclaimed recent albums to his name, O’Kane thought it was high time to join forces with a musician he had long admired – Alison Krauss & Union Station’s banjo star and multiple award winner Ron Block (14 Grammy’s!) Widely regarded as two of the greatest exponents of the instrument they have collaborated to create what is arguably their own genre -‘Banjophony’. This means melding two different styles showcasing an instrument that proves incredibly versatile in the right hands.

A seasoned performer, Damien has donned the stages of many of the great festivals around the world including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Colours in Canada, Celtic Connections and many many more. In addition he is a regular on the BBC Radio airwaves and continues to achieve many radio plays around the world.

Also a full-time member of Kate Rusby’s band (the UK’s leading female folk voice and winner of a Mercury Music Prize amongst many others) O’Kane is a also a much sought after session musician and Producer. Damien in his various guises is Irish Traditional and contemporary music at its very best.

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Tue 6th Jul 20218 pm10% off for Members

Connaught Studio

Box Office

Currently closed for in person bookings.

Ticket collection is available at the venue 15 minutes prior to the event you are attending. ID may be requested when collecting tickets.

Box Office Phoneline

Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 2pm

Map & Directions

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Walking

Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Nearby

We are opposite Worthing Royal Mail Delivery Office, behind The Three Fishes Wetherspoons - next to Worthing NCP Car Park.

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Directions

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Public Transport

Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Nearest Train Station

Worthing (WRH) station is 10 minutes walk away (0.5 miles). You can book train tickets and find access information on the National Rail website.

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Nearest Bus Stops

South Street (Stops J, K, L and M), Worthing, BN11 3AW are 4 minutes walk away (0.2 miles). For bus times and tickets please visit the Stagecoach website or call Travelline.

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Car

Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Nearest Car Parks

Worthing NCP Car Park (BN11 1LG) is next to the venue. As a guide - up to 3 hours approx. £3.80, or night rate (6pm to 6am) approx. £3.40

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Worthing High Street Multi-storey Car Park (BN11 1NY), above the Guildbourne Centre, is 4 minutes walk away (0.2 miles). As a guide - up to 3 hours approx. £3.60, or Sunday rate approx. £3 for the whole day.

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Directions

For instructions of how to get from your location to Worthing High Street Multi-storey Car Park, please visit Google Maps - enter your starting point and then click the search icon (magnifying glass).

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Coach / Taxi

Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Drop Off / Pick Up

You can park immediately outside the Connaught Theatre for a few minutes to load or unload passengers. This will likely block the road and the Royal Mail Depot - so please move your vehicle promptly.

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Nearest Coach Park

The Lido, Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3QJ is 8 minutes walk away (0.4 miles). There are numerous coach parking spaces along Marine Parade.

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Directions

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Bicycle

Connaught, Union Place, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1LG

Bicycle Parking

Traditional bike stands are available just outside the Connaught Studio. These are uncovered and unmonitored - left at owners risk.

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Access

All WTM venues have step free access. Allocated wheelchair user spaces and assistance dog spaces are available at most events, these must be booked via WTM Box Office for events within an auditorium. Hearing Assistance is available in all of our venues using an Infrared system. Audio description is available for most films. These services are available free of charge, please enquire on arrival at the venue. For more information or to discuss your access requirements before your visit, please visit our access page.