Posts Tagged ‘folk’

What the folk?

September 30, 2010

Droichead Arts Centre is very much looking forward to the site-specific interactive performance by Siamsa Tire Theatre Company called ‘What the Folk?’ It will take place in the drawing room areas of An Grianan in Termonfeckin, Drogheda on the 5th, 6th and 7th of October.

Originally commissioned for the Fringe Festival in Dublin, this piece gives an insight into the beautiful world of traditional folk songs and dance in Kerry as opposed to the competitive music and dance industry. Siamsa Tire Theatre Company describes it as ‘…an intimate and revealing session for the culturally curious – part storytelling, part impromptu knees-up, looking beyond the clichés to the passion and pain of a lifetime of practice, graft and dedication.  Find out about the bubble wrap horses, how the steps talk and fingers dance, the 40 sheep, the embarrassing scenes and the amorous undertones. ‘

The performance gets a great review in the Irish Theatre Magazine. ‘As the representatives of the National Folk Theatre speak informally of their repertoire, deliver songs as casually and proudly as party pieces and gingerly trace step dances from armchairs, we are treated like guests for a discreet display of tradition. What is surprising is that this gentle introduction soon becomes an unbridled release of genuine feeling’. Click here to read more.

There are only 25 places per performance, but all 3 nights have shows on at both 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tea and some delightful cakes are also part of the performance! For more info and tickets call our box office 041 9833946 or check out of website www.droichead.com.

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Exciting times for culture vultures in September

August 23, 2010

Let’s face it, the summer is almost over. But never mind, because there is no reason for the culture vultures to be bored in September. A new cultural year starts and Droichead’s line up for autumn is loaded with great events. Did you know that we have a world class opera coming to Droichead? Are you aware of the free events in our venue? Did you hear the new film club is about to kick off again? Keep reading to learn more about all this…

The Viaduct Bards presents Poetry in Motion on the last Wednesday of each month between 7.30 and 9.30pm in the café bar, starting off with A Jam session for Poets on the 25th of August. This is a free event and you are invited to come along and listen to local writers and poets read and perform from their work.  Special guests include Marie MacSweeney, Patrick Dillon, John O’Rourke and the Boyne Writers Group from Trim.

Southern Tenant Folk Union

On the 4th of September we are delighted to welcome the Folk/Bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union. Folk music is having a moment right now, because this is a brilliant band. The most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass band in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union has just released their third album ‘The New Farming Scene’. Formed by Belfast born five-string banjo player Pat McGarvey, this seven piece all acoustic band with banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmony vocals will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands. You can listen to some of their great new songs by clicking on the following link: TA9 by Southern Tenant Folk Union.

On the 14th of September the kick-off of our new Film Club programme is scheduled, starting off with “Departures” by the Japanese director Yôjirô Takita. This is a totally eccentric, lushly scored, moving, and funny drama that uses the rituals of death to foster a greater appreciation of life. The film won several international prizes including the Academy Award in 2009 for Best Foreign language Film

On the 17th of September a world class opera is coming all the way to Drogheda: The Diary of Anne Frank by Opera Theatre Company. Vivid and insightful, this heartrending opera recreates the world of 13 year-old Anne Frank in hiding, living in hope and fear, longing for normality for herself and her family. Sung in English, the focus is on Anne’s original words – her profound thoughts and her courageousness find moving and eloquent expression in the poignant score.

The ‘Early Bird catches the Deal’ remains our motto this season so booking in advance is recommended. For more info and tickets go to our website www.droichead.com or contact our box office on 041 9833946.

The name might not ring a bell but you’ve definitely heard Miss Paula Flynn sing

April 1, 2010

Do you remember the beautiful Lets Dance add of Ballygowan? Did you know that not much later this particular version of David Bowie’s ‘Lets Dance’ went straight to the top in the Irish charts? Do you recognise this beautiful voice? Indeed, the puzzle is coming together, Miss Paula Flynn is the Ballygowan sparkling girl.

After the success of this single, she received several offers to release an album, but Miss Paula Flynn had other plans.  She persisted in first finishing her Degree in Communications before even thinking about releasing a full album.  Only after graduating from university did she dive into the studio to start working on her solo debut album which was released in September 2009.

Miss Paula Flynn creates beautifully delicate folk songs with a personal and reflective touch. The lyrics are often full of references to nature and her roots in Armagh. With her delicate voice and the amazing musical compositions she creates her own unique style and sound.

Droichead is delighted to welcome Miss Paula Flynn in the venue in Stockwell Street on Friday the 9th of April. This quirky lady has talent and she will surely captivate us all.