My favourite book, “Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart” by my favourite person, Máire T. Robinson is now available in my favourite bookshop, the wonderful Charlie Byrnes in Galway. This is really cool for her as we loved coming to this shop when we lived in Galway. On my way into work this morning I had to go in and snap some photo’s of it on the shelf. I was super sneaky taking the photo’s, its the white one! Very proud of the missus so I am.
The book is also available from the Winding Stair in Dublin, Kenny’s in Galway and of course directly from Máire herself on her website here
I’m giddy with excitement about the fact that my lovely ladyfriend, Máire T.Robinson is launching her debut short story collection, tomorrow, Sept 11th at 7:00pm in the Irish Writers Centre on Parnell square( 2 doors down form the Hugh Lane Gallery). The book is called “Your Mixtape Unravels My Heart” and it is being published by Doire Press in Galway.
We would love if you could join us for the launch, it’ll be a lot of fun, there will be booze, music and naturally a raffle for top top prizes.
If you can’t make the Dublin launch, Máire will be reading in Galway this Friday at the September Over The Edge Gathering in the Nuns Island Theatre. That event starts at 8pm and will also serve as the Galway Launch for the collection.
you can find out more about both events on facebook
the Galway launch here
the Dublin launch here
If you can’t make either of these events but would still like to read the collection it is available for purchase from Máire’s website
and will be available from other resellers shortly after that. But if you are going to buy it, you should buy it from Máire.
‘Sparky language and unexpected turns, pathos and humour, viciousness and emotional resonance, these are the hallmarks of Máire T. Robinson’s fiction. In this collection, she follows Flannery O’Connor’s dictum that stories should be ‘short but deep’. This is a writer who is here to stay.’
- Nuala Ní Chonchúir, author of Mother America and YOU
So this weekend my hometown, the beautiful little town of Milltown, Co. Galway is hosting a really great line up for the first ever PJ Conlon traditional music festival. The festival celebrates the life and music of one of Milltown’s most famous native sons and brings a wealth of traditional music, workshops and master classes to the village. This is an event well worth going to as it should be a huge amount of fun
PJ Conlon was born in Milltown in 1892. He came from a talented musical family and became an accomplished accordian player before emigrating to Manchester in 1909 and subsequently to New York in 1912, where he sucessfully broke into the recording business in 1917. He was among the first musicians in the USA, or anywhere for that matter, to record traditional rural Irish dance music commercially. In all, he made 52 record sides between November 1917 and March 1929 and his recordings are some of the oldest examples of Irish music in existence.
The whole town is no doubt in a heighted state of excitement as they welcome the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins for the official opening of the festival on Friday August 2nd at 8pm. The president will be accompanied by his wife Sabina, a native of Milltown, although she went to mass in Ballindine as I reliably informed.
Michael D and Sabina securing the Mayo/Galway border from the Milltown side
A host of well known national and local artists will perform at the PJ Conlon Festival in Milltown this year. Don’t miss John Faulkner, John Carty, Andrew McNamara, Una Ni Fhlannagain, Clare Keville of Clare FM and TG4, Charlie Harris, Brid Dooley (RTE), Maigh Seola, Maude Connolly and many more.
The ITMA will be recording proceedings of the weekend for the the Traditional Music Archive
There is a full line of events here
When Ali Came To Ireland
The IFTA winning documentary by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan “When Ali Came to Ireland”
has its UK Premiere tonight Monday the 10th of June in London.
The film is screening as part of the London Archive Film Festival
at 7:30 in The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH. If you are based in London please do try and come along. Ross and Aideen will be in attendance. You can buy tickets online in advance from here
ABOUT THE FILM
From the makers of HOME TURF (*Official Selection* Hot Docs 2012) and BYE BYE NOW (*Winner* Silverdocs, Nashville 2011), WHEN ALI CAME TO IRELAND captures the madcap week when legendary boxer Muhammad Ali went to fight in Ireland at the height of his career.
Self proclaimed ‘World’s Strongest Publican’ Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue pulled off a massive sporting coup in 1972 when he convinced Ali’s promoter that he was good for the $300k down-payment required to bring Ali to Ireland and then largely paid for proceedings in beer-stained bank notes.
The trip had a huge impact on those Ali met and, some say, on the man himself. The documentary reveals that his trip to Ireland influenced how Ali viewed white people in the aftermath of his conversion to Islam and his declarations that white people were devils.
The documentary by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan combines a wealth of archival material with colourful reminiscences to tell an unlikely tale that is infused with great warmth and moments of real hilarity. (Photo courtesy of The Irish Post)
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The London Archive Film Festival 2013 in association with FOCAL International, is an annual celebration of the use of archival footage in the creative media organised by archivist, Alison Mercer. The inspiration for the Festival came from the FOCAL International Awards which teasingly show clips from the nominated films and leave the audience wanting to see more.
Many of the films submitted for these awards never get a showing in the UK. The London Archive Film Festival aims to change this and celebrate the seldom seen work that is coming out of Europe and further afield.
“Galway’s Liveliest Live Band”, Mikey & The Scallywags is finally coming to Dublin. One of the nicest guys you’re ever likely to meet Mikey Mccrory is bringing his folk mayhem to the Grand Social next Saturday night. Its a show not to be missed. Doors at 8. admission is 7 and support on the night will be provided by Blind Yackety and Gypsy Rebel Rabble
Formed out of creative necessity in June of 2010, Mikey and the Scallywags met on the streets of Galway and are still based on the west coast. Renowned for their energetic and engaging live performances, the initial quartet of guitar, banjo, fiddle and double bass were soon joined by drums and keys to create a melodic and beat driven folk rock sound with elements of bluegrass, gypsy, hip-hop and swing.
You can listen to some of their stuff here
and here is a video of them performing in Neachtains on Good Friday!
more videos here
‘Would stand up to anything from popular folk bands like Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers’ – 2 u I bestow Irish music blog
I have been somewhat remiss at updating this blog in the past few weeks. I’ve been confined to my editing cave toiling away on a project and haven’t had much chance to keep things updated.
The big news is of course that not only did “When Ali Came to Ireland” get nominated for an IFTA, it only went and won the thing. I was delighted for director Ross Whitaker and my new favourite person, producer Aideen O’Sullivan of True Films. It was fantastic to win the gong and I was delighted to have been part of the project. We all had a great time at the awards in the convention centre. It was great to see so many of the people I’ve worked with over the years and to catch up. It was also great that all of my buddies (except perennial IFTA Bridesmaid Ronan O’Donoghue, the man just can’t catch a break) that were nominated won, Mark Henry, Garret Farrell, Sean and Eamon O’Cualain and all the lads from Abu Media all picked up the statue. So a good night for all concerned and it was finally nice to be involved with a winning project as in previous years the stuff I cut that had been nominated lost out.
It’s valentines day so I have to give a big shout out to Maire T. Robinson for many reasons but especially because she got shortlisted for the Doire Press award yesterday, the winner is announced next week. She’s already a winner as her shortlisted story will be published in an anthology but if she is the overall winner it’ll be published in a limited edition chapbook. Fingers crossed as its a great prize.
For the day thats in it, filmmaker Fergal Rock is streaming his short “On Our Way” for the next 12 hours or so on the films website here. It’s a lovely film and I was glad I was able to help out with it by doing the grade. There is a screening of the film this weekend at the sugarclub in Dublin at 2 in case you are too lazy to watch it online but active enough to go see it on the big screen.
And again because its Valentines day my friend and all-ireland poetry slam champion Sean Dennehy posted this poem earlier today to soundcloud
126 Gallery in Galway is facing the prospect of closure because of a drastic and sudden 64% cut of local funding. 126 is extremely important to many artists, curators, critics and administrators who have cut their teeth through this artist-led organisation. They need your help now to make some noise and sign the petition to have Galway City Council to review this decision as soon as possible. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE, it only takes a minute.
The Gallery plays an important role as the only permanent space in Galway that allows artists to experiment and take risks with their practice. 126 is Galway’s and the west of Ireland’s first artist-led exhibition space. 126 was established in 2006 by local artists in their own living room as a response to the urgent need for more non-commercial gallery spaces in Galway. It then shifted locations to a white-cube space and invited local artists to form a Board based on the successful democratic style of Catalyst (Belfast) and Transmission (Glasgow). In 2009, 126 relocated to a larger, more prominent space on Queen Street in the city centre, where it remains to this day.
126 has developed a reputation as an organisation which supports traditionally unrepresented artistic projects. It has consistently programmed work that other organisations and commercial galleries within Galway and western Ireland’s cultural infrastructure may find difficult. Because it is a not-for-profit, publicly funded gallery space, it is able to make decisions on an artistic, rather than economic, basis. As such, 126 is gaining recognition and support as a place of cultural innovation in Ireland and is quickly becoming an integral part of Galway’s cultural fabric.
So show them some support and sign the petition.
The wonderful Roisin Stack is part of the JOLT team organising an exciting event in Galway next week for all lovers of the arts. Here’s what they had to say about it or visit the event page on facebook
We are delighted and excited to announce that on Monday 10th December a panel discussion on the subject of Adaptation for the Stage will be presented on the main stage of Galway’s Town Hall Theatre.
Chaired by Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway), the panel will consist of Máiréad Ní Chroinín (Moonfish Theatre), Niall Henry (Blue Raincoat Theatre), Simon Doyle (Pan Pan Theatre) and Michael West (The Corn Exchange Theatre Company).
The panel will discuss adaptation in its broadest sense – ideologies and methods, successes and failures – as well as their own experiences with this approach. We will also open the floor to questions if time permits.
With recent stagings of The Picture of Dorian Grey at The Abbey, Moonfish’s successful run of Pinocchio . . . , Darwin: A Life in Poems adapted by Mephisto for this year’s Cúirt Festival, Dubliners by Corn Exchange and an upcoming production of The Dead at The Abbey, adaptation is clearly as relevant to theatre now as ever. JOLT would like the public to come and share their thoughts on adaptation as a form of theatre at the panel discussion and everyone is welcome!
We encourage anyone to come along, whether interested in adaptation, writing, theatre, or maybe just curious about the event itself.
The discussion is free of charge and presented by JOLT in association with NUI Galway, Town Hall Theatre, Galway and Acadamh (OÉ Gaillimh).
Doors are at 7:30pm sharp and running time is approximately 90 minutes.
We look forward to seeing you all for a lively discussion! Spread the good word.
Maire came across this on the Au Revoir Simeone facebook page during the week. Its a video about the devastating affects of Hurricane Sandy on the Rockaways district of Queens, New York. The video is about a resident of that area, Michelle Cortez and contains her description of what has happened. Michelle was someone whom we met in New York when we lived there last year, she was our de-facto landlady, an artist of some talent and she was really good to us. Very helpful and great company, she along with some friends had left Williamsburg to try and make a go of a restaurant in the revival of the rockaways. That renewal process will of course have to start again.
You can help donate to this cause through these sources
Red Cross- Hurricane Sandy
Paul Kimmage is one of the finest journalists we have in this country. He has always stood up to cheats and fought to restore honour and pride to the sport he loves. For this, the UCI are commited to a witch-hunt against him and they are suing him in court this december for writing that they covered up a positive for Lance Armstrong.The same accusation is leveled by Hamilton and Coyle in The Secret Race, and will likely be further corroborated when USADA present their case against Armstrong. The UCI are vindictively suing only Kimmage and not the publications in which those accusations appeared. With Kimmage having been laid off by the sunday times earlier this year, some friends have of his have put together a campaign to help him cover his legal expenses.
You can help his cause out here