Carlow Arts Festival Announces 2018 Programme
Carlow: The First Big Cultural Event of the Summer
Reaching out – Celebrating Diversity and Accessibility In The Arts
Over 75% Of Festival Events Free to Attend
International work from Catalonia, France, the UK, Belgium and Canada
Musical Mix: From King King Company to Stockton’s Wing
Carlow Arts Festival: the first big cultural event of the Irish Summer, takes place 6 -10 June 2018. Now in its 39th year, Carlow Arts Festival is reaching out internationally to celebrate the huge diversity and accessibility of the world of the Arts.
Visitors can immerse themselves in international and award-winning artistic adventures from Catalonia, France, the UK, Belgium and Canada alongside some of the best of Irish talent. Critically acclaimed and award winning companies, performers and artists, whose work celebrates and highlights diversity and accessibility, have been handpicked for this years dynamic festival programme.
One of this year’s festival highlights is performed by the award-winning, integrated circus company Extraordinary Bodies (UK). The company have been working with community members of all abilities since last year to create this large-scale, ground-breaking new outdoor circus show called ‘What am I Worth?’ on Saturday 9 June at Festival HQ. Carlow Arts Festival is partnering with a number of UK venues and festivals to present this work, which will have its World Premiere in Carlow before embarking on a UK tour ending at the National Theatre in London. This highly skilled and beautifully touching circus show for all ages features an exceptional cast of diverse and extraordinary bodies.
Carlow Arts Festival invite you to experience international and award-winning shows from: Extraordinary Bodies, Kamchàtka, Quote Unquote Collective in association with Why Not Theatre, Compagnie Dyptik and Tombs Creatius, visual art projects (ART WORKS Exhibition, ‘The Dog Project’); lunchtime theatre ‘(My Left Nut’, ‘The Trick Rider’, ‘My Place in Space’); family-friendly and pop up events (‘The Gramophone’, ‘The Strange Travels of Mr. Tonet’, ‘Wet Floor’); film (‘Song Of Granite’, the outdoor cinema Mystery Movie); spectacle and procession from the inimitable Spraoi; live musical performances (King Kong Company, Stockton’s Wing, Lisa O’Neill and Radie Peat, and R.S.A.G with fireworks!)
Announcing details of Carlow Arts Festival 2018, Festival Director Jo Mangan said: “The 2018 Carlow Arts Festival is reaching out far and wide to bring the best of International work to our festival this year, along with the best of Irish. It is an absolute joy to be able to programme the highest calibre theatre, music, visual arts, circus, spectacle and family friendly work from across the world , due to the tremendous increase in support from many of our funders and sponsors alike. Again, proudly, over 75% of the programme is free. New for this year is our scheme Pick your Price, where a sliding scale – at your discretion rates, applies. This allows our audience to choose from 3 possible entry prices. We will have Actual Cost, Subsidised and Super Subsidised tickets on sale for much of the ticketed shows. It is of crucial importance to me that we offer an affordable price point for access to all arts events, particularly for those who may believe something is not for them. I firmly believe that the transformative power of the arts needs to be accessible to all, and at Carlow Arts Festival that is what we have set out to do.”
FESTIVAL PROGRAMME AND HIGHLIGHTS
REACHING OUT, DIVERSITY AND ACCESSIBILITY
The family highlight on 9 June is Extraordinary Bodies with their new show ‘What Am I Worth?’ The company return to Carlow after developing the show with local community members in 2017. In 2018 they and others will perform with seven extraordinary circus artists who dance, fly, catch, play and sing on a flying, tipping, and spinning stage, as they grapple with what it means to value each other in a world of instant judgements. Carlow Arts Festival is partnering with a number of UK venues and festivals to present this work, which will have its World Premiere in Carlow before embarking on a UK tour ending at the National Theatre in London. This highly skilled and beautifully touching circus show for all ages features an exceptional cast of diverse and extraordinary bodies.
Kamchàtka Street Theatre Company, an award-winning artist collective formed in Barcelona, bring their critically acclaimed group improvisation performance to Ireland. Eight characters are lost in the city, each carrying their own suitcase. Are they passers-by or immigrants? Performed more than 400 times in 27 countries, don’t miss Kamchàtka on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June throughout Carlow town.
Tombs Creatius, a company from Catalonia, bring ‘The Trip’ to Ireland for the first time. This piece invites the spectator on a “stellar trip” in a horsebox, and rewards them with a profound experience. Created for one audience member at a time, Tombus Creatius bring creativity, fun and interaction back to the streets. ‘The Trip’ will be at Festival HQ from Saturday 9 June – Sunday 10 June.
Quote Unquote Collective in association with Why Not Theatre, a Toronto-based company, bring their internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning production ‘Mouthpiece’ to VISUAL on Sunday 10 June. In the wake of her mother’s death, Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. Interweaving a-cappella harmony, dissonance, text, and physicality, two performers express the inner conflict that exists within one modern woman’s head.
‘D-Construction’, created in Saint-Étienne by dance company Compagnie Dyptik, is performed on Sunday 10 June. ‘D-Construction’ is a massively energetic hip hop dance performance inspired by the rebellion of populations. A metal scaffolding standing in the middle of the performance site leads the 6 dancers to explore new spaces and moves.
From Friday 8 until Sunday 10 June, over 100 dogs will be unleashed around the streets of Carlow as part of ’The Dog Project’. Tom Campbell, a Scottish born artist based locally, will facilitate the making of 100 papier mache dogs through intensive workshops with Carlow schools. Each dog is handcrafted in papier mache, an environmentally friendly way of making sculpture, for this unique visual arts installation and community led project.
Donnacha Cahill’s giant audio-visual sculpture ’The Gramophone’, measuring over 3 metres, will pop up round the town of Carlow and at Festival HQ from Friday 8 – Sunday 10 June. After making its debut at Galway International Arts Festival, ‘The Gramophone’ has been on a journey discovering the many towns and rural areas of Ireland and engaging with the public. Share your own music, or sit down, relax or dance to the music on offer. (Sponsored by Blacknight).
O’Hara’s Pavilion, sponsored by O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer, at Carlow College will, once again, come alive with music this summer.
King Kong Company bring their bold new show, new tracks and same crazy that saw 10,000 revellers screaming their hearts and lungs out at their Electric Picnic mid-afternoon rave, to Carlow on Friday 8 June.
Legendary Irish trad band Stockton’s Wing, who celebrate over 40 years together, will take to the stage on Saturday 9 June. Festival HQ will light up with excitement.
R.S.A.G (Rarely Seen Above Ground) performs his exciting percussive show in time with the late night fireworks display for the Saturday Night Spectacle
On Sunday 10 June, Navá, an Irish/Persian ensemble will play a unique show at Carlow Arts Festival. Their music weaves Irish melodies, Persian ‘radifs’, new compositions and breathtaking improvisations into a unique tapestry of sound not to be missed.
On Sunday evening two of Ireland’s most interesting voices close the weekend music programme. Lisa O’Neill is a folk singer from Cavan. Having released her debut, record in 2009, she steadily built a dedicated audience with her unique sound, strong songwriting and collaborations with some of Ireland’s best artists including Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey and Katie Kim. Radie Peat is the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with Lankum, a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin. In 2017, she supported The Divine Comedy on their UK and European tour, Glen Hansard on his Irish tour, and guested at the Shane McGowan 60th birthday celebrations in the National Concert Hall alongside Sinead O’Connor, Nick Cave and Johnny Depp. Her performance at Carlow Arts Festival marks her first festival show this year before Lankum play Body&Soul, Electric Picnic and numerous festivals in the UK, Europe and the States.
Resident DJ across the weekend is Aoife Nic Canna – a leading force in the Irish dance music scene since its initial emergence in the early 1990s and she continues to open up new paths for the scene with a range of club nights and DJ projects. Aoife has played across the country in the course of her career with residencies at The Rock Garden, The Kitchen, and Ri-Ra under her belt. She has also worked extensively in radio, on Jazz FM, PowerFM, and Near FM.
Theatre, pop-up performances and free Family fun are a big focus of Carlow Arts Festival again this year with a range of eclectic and free family friendly events taking place. Festival HQ is the place to be for the whole weekend – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June.
On Saturday 9 June, experience ’L’après-midi d’un foehn’ at VISUAL. This beautiful, award winning show from France explores ‘What is the life expectancy of a plastic bag?’ This production, which has wowed audiences of all ages, all over the world sees a virtuosic performer create little plastic bag characters in front of the audience, which fly, dance, float and respond to the movement of the air.
Spraoi, the award-winning Irish performance company, will create a processional piece as part of the Saturday Night Spectacle on 9 June. ‘BIRDS’ will hit Carlow streets as the light wanes, bringing the town to witness RSAG…and Fireworks at the Festival HQ. Weaving through streets, the processional show celebrates nature and river-life with a mix of music, stunning floats and energetic performance. Leaders in Irish street-arts, Spraoi will showcase local talent as part of this celebratory performance.
On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June, families can explore “The Strange Travel of Mr Tonet’ at Festival HQ. Mr Tonet has travelled the world having amazing adventures, discover what he’s got up to by playing on beautifully constructed wooden games. Each box holds a story, peep inside to discover a magical world created with robotics, sound, light and movement.
‘Wet Floor’ is an hilarious comedy that will have you on the edge of your seat and fill you with laughter! The famous Catalonian clown Christina Solé presents her solo clown show for all the family at Festival HQ on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June.
World-class visual arts will feature stronger than ever in this year’s programme. The 2018 open call resulted in almost 600 entries from all over the world. Visitors can discover ‘Encountering the Land’, The ART WORKS Exhibition and Art Prizes, sponsored by Hotron in the Main Gallery of VISUAL from 6 June – 31 August. Works chosen look at our rural landscape and how it sustains us. In an exhibition that includes photography, painting, film and performance, ideas relating to, our agrarian history, the rural as a sanctuary and the land as provider, are presented. Alongside artists selected from open submission, are works from the Arts Council of Ireland’s Collection. Older works from the 80s and 90s offer an opportunity to consider the changing concerns of artists reflected in their depictions of our rural heritage. The selectors for Art Works 2018 are artist Orla Barry, Sean Kissane, Curator, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Emma Lucy O’Brien, Curator VISUAL, Carlow.
Selected Artists: Bastian Birk Theusen, Maximilian Le Cain, Fergus Doyle, Ella de Burca, Lisa Fingleton, Laura Fitgerald, Ruth le Gear, Saidhbhín Gibson, Eileen Hutton, Bernadette Kiely, Catriona Leahy, Maria McKinney, Yvette Monahan, Miriam O’Connor, Sarah O’ Flaherty, Kenneth O’ Hallaron, Laurence O’Toole, Curro Rodriguez, Bennie Reilly, Blaise Smith, Deirdre Southey, Aine Stapleton.
Selected works from Arts Council Collection by Charles Brady, Gerard Dillon, James Dixon, Mairead O’hEocha, Martin Gale, Patrick Hall, Alice Maher, Patrick Pye, Nano Reid.
There will be two awards, sponsored by Hotron, for outstanding work presented: The ART WORKS Award of €3000 and the Éigse Prize of €1000 will be presented for work by a recent graduate.
Join Carlow Arts Festival for a spot of lunchtime theatre in O’Hara’s Pavilion.
Don’t miss ‘My Left Nut’ by Michael Patrick & Oisín Kearney on Saturday 9 June. The True Story of a Belfast boy growing up with no father to guide him, and a giant ball to weigh him down. ‘My Left Nut’ is a heartwarming and poignant play, which has as much to say about motherhood as it does masculinity. Also on Saturday, audiences can enjoy’ The Trick Rider’ – a tall tale featuring watersnakes, burning passion, deaths by poison and drowning and some of the most unusual dental practices ever recorded.
Sunday 10 June also brings a show for family audiences of all ages and levels of STEM knowledge with ‘My Place In Space’. Exploring the story of our place in space, the engaging and witty Dr Niamh Shaw merges astrophysics with particle physics in a highly interactive event aimed at all the family. You are sure to learn at least one fun new thing about where you are in space…no matter how old you think you are.
On Thursday 7 June, Carlow Arts Festival will screen ‘Song Of Granite’ by acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins at VISUAL. With Carlow based, Tadhg O’Sullivan responsible for the editing on Song Of Granite, there will be much local interest in the film. ‘Song of Granite’ revolves around the life of the great traditional Irish singer, Joe Heaney. The harsh landscape combined with the myths, fables and songs of his Connemara childhood helped shape this complex and fascinating character. Enigmatic and complex, Heaney’s devotion to his art came at a huge personal cost.
On Friday 8 June, the Outdoor Cinema makes a welcome return again this year. Grab a picnic blanket or deck chair and join family and friends at the Outdoor Cinema as the winning mystery movie (voted for by visitors to www.carlowartsfestival.com) is unveiled.
Local participation is strong as ever in this year’s Carlow Arts Festival with the South East of the country featuring throughout the programme.
Leaders in Irish street-arts, Waterford basedSpraoi, working with local talent from Carlow, will create a processional piece as part of the Saturday Night Spectacle on 9 June. Weaving through streets of Cartlow, ‘BIRDS celebrates nature and river-life with a mix of music, stunning floats and energetic performance. As the light wanes, the procession will bring the town to witness festival favourite and Kilkenny man Jeremy Hickey (RSAG), who is creating a very special musical and visual set to accompany the Fireworks.
The world premiere of Extraordinary Bodies show ‘What Am I Worth’ on 9 June involves members of local arts and community groups Dance Hall Project, Delta Centre and Equinox Theatre.
Exciting opportunities are still available for participants to get involved in Spraoi and working with Extraordinary Bodies email email@example.com directly.
100 Carlow school children will be working tirelessly to create 100 papier mache dogs through intensive workshops with Tom Campbell, a Scottish born artist based locally. Each dog is handcrafted in papier mache, an environmentally friendly way of making sculpture, for this unique visual arts installation and community led project called ‘The Dog Project’.
Film at the Carlow Arts Festival enjoys much local interest with acclaimed Feature Film, ‘Song Of Granite’ edited by Carlow based filmmaker Tadhg O’Sullivan. The festival will also premiere the work of Carlow film maker, Nuala Dalton with her short film ‘B’fhearr Liom na Sléibhte’, a film that is beautiful and rich in culture, where you will discover more about the musical traditions around the Blackstairs Mountains.
A New Writing Showcase, curated by Dr Derek Coyle will be presented for the first time on Sunday evening 10th June at the O’Haras Pavilion. The Carlow Writers’ Co-Operative join with special guests for this unique event. Writers involved will present well crafted and courageous work brimming with passion, enthusiasm and intelligence.
Carlow Arts Festival: the first big cultural event of the summer runs from 6 June to 10 June 2018 and is filled with cultural treats for everyone.
Visit www.carlowartsfestival.com for the full programme and ticket details.
Carlow Arts Festival is funded by the Arts Council.
This is a list of all the artists whose albums or EP’s I have featured on the Irish Music Show during 2017. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. The downside of a weekly two hour show is that I cannot play all the albums I’d like to so I have to make that choice each week. Even from this list you can see the wealth of talent that exists in Ireland
Belfast singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy has announced the release of his Double album “The Essential Collection” on Friday, September 30th, 2016. The album is filled with all of Brian’s most beloved songs, re-recorded for a new era of Brian’s career by Irish producer Billy Farrell. 2016 is a challenging year full of positivity for Brian. Not only will he celebrate his 50th birthday but also the 20th anniversary of the original release of “A Better Man” album and regaining full health following his recent battle with Cancer. The album will be available on CD, iTunes plus available on Spotify and streaming services. “Life, Love and Happiness 2016”, the lead single, will be at radio to support the release and get the celebrations started.
Having regained ownership of his back catalogue, Brian set about re-recording many of his most popular songs. Quite a number of songs on “The Essential Collection” are taken from his album “A Better Man”. It’s hard to believe, listening to the songs, that they originally were released in 1996, they sound so fresh with their new 2016 sound. “A Better Man” was certified 3 X Platinum in Ireland, held the #1 slot in the Irish charts for weeks and led to numerous sell out tours of Ireland including a run of 6 nights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, then 2 sold out shows at the then Point Theatre now called the 3Arena.
Brian also celebrates his 50th birthday in October and he will celebrate in style with a show at Dublin’s Vicar Street (October 13th) where he will perform the entire “A Better Man” album from start to finish, marking the 20th anniversary of its release. This will be some party; Brian has lots to celebrate!
Brian brings his legions of fans, 32 brand new versions of his songs they love so much:
“The Essential Collection” tracklisting
Captured // A Better Man // Hollow // Crazy Love // Now That I Know What I Want // Best Friend // Christopher Street (feat. Boy George) // A Case of You // The Ballad of You & Me // Put The Message in the Box // Every Song Is A Cry For Love // Best Days // Get On With Your Short Life // Sunday Morning // New York // You Raise Me Up
Please Say Yes // Different God // So What If It Rains // Mountain Road // Cloudsong/At The Edge Of The World // Town // Silver Hearts On Chains // Life, Love and Happiness // You’re The Only One I Want // You Turn Me On I’m a Radio // Carrickfergus // The Reason We Are Here // The Ballad of Killaloe // Crying // Turn To Me // Christmas Morning.
Róisín O has just unveiled the video for her latest single “Better This Way”, Set for release on Friday 21 October.
Recorded in Iceland, the video was directed by John Broe and filmed by Dara Munnis. It sees Róisín journeying through the awe-inspiring, yet harsh, Icelandic landscapes, mirroring the tone of the song.
Recorded in Eastcote Studios, London, the track was composed by Róisín O, John Broe (Miracle Bell) and CC Brez (Republic of Loose) and produced by John Broe and Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Kaiser Chiefs, Noah and the Whale) with mixing by Ciaran Bradshaw (Cathy Davey, Fionn Regan, Miracle Bell).
The single is part of the studio sessions for Róisín’s much anticipated second record, which will be released in early 2017. With its foreboding lyrics, ominous melodies and haunting blues guitar riffs ‘Better This Way’ seems to be a culmination of the talents of this writing trio.
Speaking about the track O explains; “‘’Better This Way’ is a bit of a departure for me, it’s a step away from the pop vibes of my last single ‘Give It Up’. In a way it’s a throwback to my folk roots but with a lot more darkness and grit than anything I’ve released before.”
This October Róisín O is stepping away from the studio to embark on her limited run ‘Studio Sessions Tour‘ which will see her present songs in more intimate environments across Ireland; “We have been working hard over the past few months developing the new record and I think it’s important to road test the new songs in venues where we can really feel the audiences reaction”. Róisín is taking the studio on the road and the shows will be recorded live in front of a small audience. The tour will showcase never before heard songs from her eagerly anticipated second album as well as reimagined versions of favourites from ‘The Secret Life of Blue.’
‘The Studio Sessions Tour’ will be Róisín’s final performances of 2016 and will cap off a year that has seen her tour Australia, Europe and America, including stand out performances on RTE’s Centenary Programme and JJ Abrams Oscars Party in LA where she shared the stage with Snow Patrol to perform for Steven Spielberg, James Cordon and more, as well as releasing chart hits ‘Give It Up‘ and ‘If You Got Love‘.
From the debut album – ‘Many Suits’
Hailing from Dublin, 20-year-old vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist EDEN releases the official video for his new track ‘Sex’. Click here to watch.
Both the song and the video (which was directed by Toby Morris) follow the dissolution of a young couple’s relationship. The emotions can be heard in the explosive highs with strong instrumentation and vocals followed by the raw, vulnerable lows. The track is taken from EDEN’s upcoming EP titled ‘i think you think too much of me’ out August 19, 2016 and currently available as an instant download when you pre-order the EP on iTunes. In addition, fans can get the new single when they pre-order the EP or a variety of exclusive physical packages from EDEN’s store, here.
Growing up in Dublin, EDEN never truly followed the typical music path. Classically trained from a young age, it wasn’t until he began learning new instruments on his own that he discovered his passion for songwriting. Frustrated with the lack of creative control in bands and orchestral groups, EDEN began to hone his production talents at the age of 16. From the bedroom of his childhood home he began to cultivate a large online following, and establish in his own mind the vision for EDEN’s future.
Utilising a ‘less-is-more’ approach, EDEN emphasises a blend of organic and synthesised instruments to create a unique and visceral sound. He seamlessly blends elements of influences that range from Queen and Skrillex to Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer.
In August 2015, EDEN released his debut EP ‘End Credits’. The free release, which he wrote and produced entirely in his bedroom, has amassed over 30 million cumulative streams to date. As a follow up to the success of End Credits, EDEN made one of his boldest moves yet: releasing his unique cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ in November 2015. The cover gained a million cumulative streams in just a week, hitting #1 on HypeM’s popular chart and landing a spot in Spotify’s New Music Friday, demonstrating EDEN’s resonance with his ever-growing fan base.
The idea behind the lyrics and video to Get It Back is about reliving teenage years. A nostalgic time, completely free of stress and responsibility, where getting up to mischief with mates was a rite of passage. This authentic video was shot in Limerick, Shannon and West Cork and directed by Limerick man, Stephen Hall, who has just returned from the Cannes Film Festival, where his film SAFE was selected for screening.
IASCA (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) currently run the initiative PLAYIRISH USA – to promote Irish music internationally. The Irish music media (radio, TV, press, blogs) choose the music for PLAYIRISH USA each month, and ‘Stylin’ was selected by the panel to appear on the partner website IrishCentral.com, which receives over 4 million visitors a month.