Imagine Arts Festival announce an eclectic festival programme of 80 Acts, Performances & Events
October 18th to 28th officially launched in Waterford City by Author Megan Nolan
A variety of 80 events have been announced for Waterford’s 18th annual Imagine Arts Festival. 55% of the programmed events will be on offer free of charge throughout the festival which takes place at venues across Waterford City from October 18th to 27th, 2019.
Three of Waterford’s finest festivals are rolled into one under the umbrella of the Imagine Arts Festival, including the Waterford Writers Weekend along with the John Dwyer Trad Weekend an eclectic and international events programme to choose from under Imagine Arts which celebrates theatre, dance, music, visual art, discussion and debate.
The 2019 Imagine Arts Festival programme is an exciting multi-disciplinary series of events that promote the best of the arts featuring regional, national and international work packed with magical fun, spooky happenings, mega music gigs, theatre, dance, spoken word, art exhibitions, and a litany of literary events with some of the country’s top authors.
Speaking at the programme launch of Waterford’s largest arts festival at an event in the heart of the city’s planned new Cultural Quarter, Deputy Mayor of Waterford Cllr Seamus Ryan said said how proud he was of the calibre of Waterford acts participating and how they stand up among the national and international acts in the programme for this year. He paid tribute the amazing John Dywer who in his eighties will still be playing sessions throughout the trad weekend. He also made a call to Waterford people to get out there and support this important festival that achieves so much with so little and thanked the voluntary committee for all their hard work.
The festival programme was officially launched by Waterford local and author Megan Nolan whose debut novel has just sold to Jonathan Cape in a pre-empt. ‘Acts of Desperation’ will be published in spring 2021 with another currently untitled novel to follow. Rights to the novel are also currently being sold in the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Brazil and Norway. During the Imagine Arts Festival in October Megan will take to the stage with her father and playwright Jim Nolan to participate in a public interview.
Amongst the highlights of the 2019 festival programme is the unveiling of a retrospective exhibition of works by Rosemary Higbee plus a gigantic visual art trail. A guided tour of the municipal collection at the brand new Waterford Art Gallery with Dr Eimear O’Connor HRHA.
For the John Dwyer Trad Weekend, a strong traditional music and dance programme will feature with a gala concert starring John Dwyer on fiddle who will be joined by the country’s top trad musicians. Sean-nós singer Ann Mulqueen, singer and accordion player Breda De Paor, internationally acclaimed uillean pipe player David Power and poet Mark Roper will host a very special evening ‘In High Places’ a unique collaboration between musicians and a poet, based around the mysteries of the Comeragh Mountains.
Literary highlights are many and the Waterford Writers Weekend is this year curated by author Cat Hogan, the rich programme offers twenty-four different events; some of the highlights include the announcement of the national Waterford Poetry Prize and Sunday Miscellany in the Theatre Royal. A conversation with authors Sheila O’ Flanagan, Ciara Geraghty and Melissa Hill, a reading with Willie Vlautin, a chat between crime writers Andrea Carter and Jo Spain. Sunday Brunch with Jim and Megan Nolan and a conversation with Ian Maleney.
Comedy will also headline at this year’s festival with stand up legend Kevin McAleer as he brings his new show ‘Guru’ to town; audiences can join Lama Kevin for an evening of living hilariously in the moment, with meditation, mindfulness, deep breathing.
Family fun is on offer with Spraoi’s Wicked Woods and Waterford Youth Arts present Horrible Histories, unique walking tours of Waterford City led by candlelight with a depth of interesting characters to be met along the way.
A host of theatre and dance productions will be on offer including a Youth Dance celebration featuring everything from classical ballet to Bollywood and more. ‘A Modern Day Parable’ will be presented by Outcast Theatre, ‘Madhouse’ will be showcased at the Theatre Royal a production written by Una Hackett and PJ Gallagher, starring Katherine Lynch and Shane O’Reilly.
Renowned for its rich musical programme, this year’s Imagine Arts Festival features an impressive schedule including performances from Oregan in the US with ‘The Delines’ with their incredible ‘Soul Country’ sound, a cabaret show on the life of ‘The Whistling Girl’ by Honor Heffernan and composer Trevor Knight and tells the story of wise-cracking poet, journalist, and civil rights campaigner Dorothy Parker. A gig with 2018 Single of the Year winner Kitt Philippa and a City of Dublin Chamber Orchestra concert plus more. A ‘Choons and Tales’ Trail will be on offer at city pub venues throughout the festival.
The annual ‘Booze, Blaas and Banter’ event celebrating the City’s Quayside and maritime heritage will also offer lots of interesting chats and craic including a special tribute to Waterford poet and writer Sean Dunne by his friend and fellow poet Thomas McCarthy.
Special thanks to:
Director and Videographer: Ciaran O’Donnell at NothinToFancy Productions
Dancers: Danceworld AnotherLevel
Locations: Ballina Arts Centre and Leisureland Casino, Enniscrone Beach
Music Producer: Martin Quinn at JAM Studios
Sara Ryan has had an exciting start to her career. Last year she released her debut single Belle, which won “Best New Comer” and “Best New Single” on Dublin CityFM. And to top the year off, she was crowned New Folk Artist of the Year at the Irish Folk Music Awards, alongside Damien Dempsey, Johnny McEvoy, The Druids and Aoife Scott. The Kildare-born songwriter, now based in Cork City, built a strong and loyal following touring with Mick Flannery, Martin Harley, John Spillane, Wally Page, Luka Bloom and Cry Monster Cry.
2018 sees the release of her second single Euphoric Recall on February 23rd and Sara embarks on a double headlining tour with Emma Langford, dates of the tour are listed below. http://emmalangfordmusic.com/
Sara’s much anticipated Debut EP Glitter Skies is now available.
Sara Ryan brings a unique voice to the Irish music scene with memorable lyrics conveying stories as real as they are raw.
2018 is the year the world will discover this wonderful voice.
Shane (Tex) Fallon’s voice is possibly the best-known instrument within his band, The Shoos, so it’s no surprise the lead vocalist was tempted to investigate releasing a solo track at some point.
Now in 2018, after getting married in 2017 and set to become a dad later this year, Shane figures this is as good time as ever. ‘We’d Have It All’,is the first of a few singles he plans to release under his own name this year, ahead of going back into studio, to record the next album by The Shoos.
The single goes live today, April 5th, and perfect to get our enthusiasm for spring off to a proper start. The accompanying video was filmed by good friend Stephen Mogerly, whose work as a film maker is already well documented and admired.
‘We’d Have It All’was inspired by Shane’s love of Motown together with his admiration for Lenny Kravitz’s music.
As a band, The Shoos has impressed many industry heavy weights through the years. This admiration was cemented by many of these inviting the band to guest on theirlive shows, including One Republic, Maroon 5, Life House & Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Indeed, on the release of the band’s last long play, 2016’s self-titled The Shoos, the band was askedto guest with Jeff Lynne at his 3Arena show in Dublin, just a few weeks later. This guest slot was quickly followed by an invitation directly from Jeff Lynne and his management to play his home town show at Birmingham Arenalater the same summer.
Shane packs ‘We’d Have It All’with the similar energy he gives to all his records and live performances. It’s a stomper of a track, and we for one are delighted to hear his voice again, even if we had to wait two years, and we figure you guys just might be too!
HAWK combine an abrasive edge with celestial vocals, to create a driving, expansive sound, with activism at its core. HAWK have been compared to Warpaint and The Cranberries with hints of Slow Dive and Radiohead.
Their music covers subjects like inequality, exclusion, gender-preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Their acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear conveying their message with beauty and grace, with triggering, dreamlike soundscapes to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.
HAWK formed in London in 2014, where they also formed their label, Veta Records. Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on HAWK’s dynamic sound and compelling subject matters. New single ‘Keeps Me Out’ is out now!🔺 http://spoti.fi/2phn14T
STADIUM ROCK IS SETTING THE TONE FOR 2018, with The Rolling Stones, Queen, Europe,Def Leppard and U2 all playing dates in Ireland this year.
No strangers to hearing their music filling 80,000-seater stadiums, Skyfever return with their second EP Rear View Mirror, kicking off with the raucous lead single, Signs.
Last year saw the Irish rockers break through in a big way, with their music being selected for play by George Sephton at Anfield and by the Carolina Panthers to fill the 75,000 seater Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Legendary rocker Alice Cooper is a fan, and last year he endorsed the band by not only playing their track, The Returning, to listeners of his worldwide-syndicated radio show, Nights with Alice Cooper, but also by personally sharing their track on social media and praising their talent. In fact, radio stations across the USA have recognised Skyfever and they have been played on stations from Philadelphia (WCLH) to Chicago (WZRD) to Nashville, Tennessee (Under the Gun Radio).
The UK has got behind Skyfever too, with Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio) playing their music and the renowned Fred Perry Subculture website name-checking them alongside Otherkin, Heathers and Squarehead as ‘Top 20 Dublin Bands to Watch’.
Skyfever’s success hasn’t happened by accident. Skyfever, driven by lead guitarist Tyson Harding (more about the origin of that name later…), are hell-bent on success and have the work ethic and mindset to go with it. Get Out blaring over Anfield’s speakers as Liverpool FC lined up in the tunnel? Tyson remembers Oasis used to advertise in football magazines and took a punt on a similar tactic.
“I never expected George ‘Voice of Anfield’ Sephton to play our music but we went for it that’s what happened!” says Tyson. “George was one of the first to believe in us and he now regularly playlists our music.”
Alice Cooper personally getting behind us and describing us as ‘talented minions’ was, believe it or not, a big coup too!” “There’s momentum at play here and we feel unstoppable,” says Luke Lang, the man responsible for those big, foundation-shaking vocals. “We’ve all been through tough times and persevered, so this simultaneously feels like it’s crept up on us and like it’s been a long time coming.”
Perseverance and winning are in guitarist Tyson Harding’s blood. As the grandson of Olympic boxer Fred Tiedt, Tyson’s sporting influences are plentiful.
“I got my competitive streak from my grandfather, for sure,” says Tyson. “That’s where my mindset comes from. I realised from an early age that you if you want to be the best at something, you have to work extra hard to attain it.”
Although he applies that ethos of hard work and dedication to music, sport has continued to pervade Tyson’s life in a way that makes it seem serendipitous. His uncle, Emile Tiedt, was Conor McGregor’s boxing referee in his training camp for that record-smashing fight between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
“Conor McGregor has made a huge impression on me,” says Tyson. “Whatever about the flash persona; his unbreakable, stoic mindset has got him to where he is, his is a story of someone who had the courage to build, protect and chase his dream and enjoy the journey as well.”
Luke Lang on vocals
Brian Clarke on guitar/sounds
Tyson Harding on guitar
Cau Marini on bass and Karl Hand on drums.