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Sarah Heneghan


Sarah is a performer, teacher and co-writer in several projects. 

Her debut solo project Power Out, started in 2019, is a performance that explores live drums and electronics, supported by Manchester Jazz Festival’s (MJZ) Hothouse programme(2019-present) and Sage Gateshead’s Summer Studios residenc yin 2020. She performed the project at MJF 2020, No Bounds Festival 2020 and Sage Sessions 2020. 

Sarah is also one of the MJF originals commissions 2021 artist with Power Out, collaborating with a dancer and a lighting set designer. Sarah was on the 2019-20 Northern Line roster and completed a Sage Gateshead Summer Studios residency in 2019. She released an EP and 2 singles, with one played on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Freeness’, performed at Lancaster Jazz Festival ‘18 and ‘19, Marsden Jazz Festival ‘19, and Liverpool International Jazz Festival ‘20. 

Sarah also drummed and co-composed for electro-jazz quartet Beyond Albedo between 2017-2021. Sarah co-ran, co-composed and drummed in 8-piece fusion outfit, Forefathers,between 2015 -2018. She played Hootenanny’s in London, Y Not Festival and supported The Mouse Outfit and Hot 8 Brass Band. She released an EP and a single, ran DIY music night Backyard Sessions ('15-'18), samba bands, and workshops for the University of Sheffield, University of Huddersfield and Sheffield Music Hub. 

Sarah spoke on a panel discussing gender equality in music for OneFest curated by Shabaka Hutchings and at Sound & Music’s Fair Access Principles event as a queer and Deaf artist. She received mentoring training through MJF hothouse to mentor artists on Soundcheck '21 programme plus artists on Sheffield Hubfest Momentum '21. She trained as a coach to develop as facilitator for other emerging musicians, participated in Jazz North’s Action Learning Sets with other NorthernLine artists, providing mutual support over 12 weeks.

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