Muintir Uí Chonaola
Friday 17 September 8.00pm (door 7.00pm)
The Cobblestone (The Back Room), 77 North King Street (Smithfield LUAS stop)
Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola has been praised by Hot Press for her ‘cool, airy voice and effortless style’. Reviewing his début album, The Love Token, Seán Laffey praised MacDara’s ‘command of the text of the songs and his ability to give them life within what is essentially a non-traditional format. Poet and novelist Dara Ó Conaola’s extraordinary work includes the bilingual fantasy classic Misiún ar Muir/Sea Mission, Night Ructions (launched at the Hay-on Wye festival, 1992), Mo Chathair Ghríobháin, An Gaiscíoch Beag and Cor in Aghaidh an Chaim, works in which the oral tradition is reworked in startling modern language. Dara Beag is the much-loved ‘people’s poet’ of Inis Meáin, and is the author of Cloch na bhFaoileán.
Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí, Colm Ó Snodaigh, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Saturday 18 September 8.00pm (doras 7.30pm)
Aras na Scríbhneoirí/Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square
Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí
Colm Ó Snodaigh
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí comprises brothers Tadhg and Óisín Walsh-Peelo. Between them they play piano, guitar, violin, harp, and drums. Their songs include ‘Ní Tú Mo Ghrá’, ‘Uair Sna Naoi Uair’, and hugely entertaining Irish language renditions of pop hits. Colm Ó Snodaigh of Kíla has long admired Máirtín Ó Direáin, and tonight he débuts some of his hypnotic song versions of Ó Direáin’s poems, part of a major work-in-progress. ‘I’d listen to it late at night when I couldn’t sleep; it was quite extraordinary to hear this in the middle of the Anatolian night, Ó Direáin intoning faoiseamh a gheobhadsa, seal beag gairid’ – so does Nuala Ní Dhomhaill describe the profound impact Máirtín Ó Direáin’s poetry had on her whilst she was living in Turkey. Tonight she will read and talk about her favourite Ó Direáin poems.
Common Tongue, Deirdre Brennan, Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird & Nuala Reilly
Thursday 23 September 8.00pm (door 7.30pm)
Ionad an Phiarsaigh, Institiúid na hÉireann, 27 Pearse Street
Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird
Common Tongue fuse sean-nós singing, improvising saxophone and live electronics. The trio comprise singer Lorcán Mac Mathúna, acclaimed as ‘an astonishing new voice’ by Songlines; improvising saxophonist Cathal Roche and composer Ian Wilson. Deirdre Brennan’s latest bilingual collection Swimming with Pelicans: Ag Eiltilt fara Condair explores memory, war, dispossession. Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird’s poetry is marked by his natural ease of expression in poems that touch on the magical within the everyday. In Magus Ballyrath, Nuala Reilly weaves the shadows of history with her own experience.
MC Muipéid & Jimmy the Hideous Penguin, Dairena Ní Chinnéide & Steve Cooney, Peadar Ó hUallaigh
Saturday 25 September 8.00pm (door 7.00pm)
The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street (Smithfield Luas Stop)
MC Muipéid & Jimmy The Hideous Penguin
Dairena Ní Chinnéide & Steve Cooney
Peadar Ó hUallaigh
Jimmy the Hideous Penguin’s music melds sultry bass and slow burning ambient tracks, richly orchestrated with organic instrumentation – a mesmeric backdrop for MC Mupéid’s witty rapping. Dairena Ní Chinnéide is an incantatory presence. Tonight she will be joined by guitar supremo Steve Cooney, and perform new poems in Irish and English, including ‘Retro Irish’, a major work exploring the world of the Irish speaker in 21st century Ireland. Peadar Ó hUallaigh’s Tír Tairngre, winner of the 2010 Rupert and Eithne Strong Award, is the most potent début in Irish for some years. Utterly visionary, he is a poet unafraid to take a lyrical voyage to the lands of Avalon. An accomplished traditional musician, Peadar will also play on the flute tonight.
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