So tomorrows line up for our DIY Arts Festival is a really full programme of events with everything from circus to comedy, spoken word to theatre and film to music.
Kicking off at 6m at The Triskel Arts Centre are the Lords Of Strut, Ireland’s hardest working Man – Band . They’re premiering their new show, ‘Sell Out Tour’, which I’m assured will blow your minds and bring you to your knees laughing.
So who are these kings of comedy, these clowns of manlihood? Well they’re a two man band; Famous Seamus and his bumbling younger brother Seantastic who seems to be – in the eyes of Seamus – the only reason they’ve not reached the heights of fame which Seamus expects of his untouchable talents.Expect satire, surrealism and silly comedy with flashes of surprising acrobatic skill and dance routines.
At 7pm we have our seventh Mutant Shorts Film Competition at The Roundy. This time round we decided on the theme of ‘Lego’ so it’ll be interesting to see what the filmmakers have come up with. And as always a big thanks must go out to the Cork Film Centre who have donated a prize of three days free film equipment rental.
At 8pm Terry Dineen will be performing her one woman show, ‘The Birth Day’ at The Camden Palace Hotel. It tells the story of a woman who plunges herself into an emotional journey through life. On the way significant scenes are depicted from her birth, through her youth, to middle age. We follow her life as she discovers the joys and pains of sex, love and work in her struggle to come to terms with herself and the world she lives in.
This is a text based work explored through visual images, music, movement, puppetry and clown.
At 9pm is our Mutant Cabaret – the chance for all mutants to perform at The Roundy. We have a great line up all MCed by the fantastic Tina Pisco. On the bill are:
Dave Rock, a poet and performer based in Galway whose stage poetry comes in many flavours but is sure to involve high-energy joyous physical works and works of raw emotion and possibly some freestyling.
Aidan Killian, a banker turned comedian…nothing apparently funny about that but it is. Very funny.
Kathy D’Arcy a young writer whose first poetry collection, Encounter, was published by Lapwing in 2010. She has worked as a doctor and a teacher and is currently involved in youth work with homeless teenagers in Cork. She is also a playwright and part of a performance group of four women, Catch the Moon, who have appeared in Cork and at the Durrow and Flatlake Literary Festivals.
Deirdre Tunney is a young performer who loves to sing and is going to join in wherever possible.
Horsemen Pass By (formerly known as Beastmen B-Side Sessions) are a two – piece band playing original soundtracks to recut forgotten films. Using guitars, electronic beats, sampled horns, strings and the occasional choir their show promises weird visuals set against spaghetti western, Soviet sci-fi, 50s documentary and zombie horror sounds.
Anja Bakker is a recorder player, harper, singer and conductor who lives in West Cork and will be performing with Tina Pisco who asides from being the MC is also a published writer and poet.
As if that wasn’t enough we have the wonderful Liz Clark and Tessa Perry playing a free gig at 9pm at Bradleys on Barrack Street.
Liz Clark is a US and Ireland-based singer/songwriter with an infectious personality and charismatic stage presence that shines though her poetic songs.
Last July, Liz won the Ourstage.com competition at the Denver stop on the Lilith fair, opening for Sarah McLachlan an Emmylou Harris. The contest combined Internet voting with a group of judges picking from among the top three vote getters in her region.
Liz can also be seen touring and making music with a number of her musical side projects; Lonely And The Moose with her partner the Irish singer/songwriter Tessa Perry and the three-part harmony female trio, ‘Girl Parts’, which raises money for Domestic and Sexual Violence awareness.
Tessa Perry is a vocalist, guitarist and writer whose sound is steeped in the country – blues and folk traditions. She’s rapidly cultivating a loyal fan base on both sides of the Atlantic through her startlingly fresh songs with lyrics that are wistful and punch-in-the-gut candid. Whether playing to a sold – out 200 seat venue or an East Village dive bar, Tessa spins images and observations of the world around her into soulful, intimate communication with her audience. She has performed across Europe with headliners like Ani DiFranco, Damien Rice, the Indigo Girls, the Corrs, the Hothouse Flowers and many more internationally successful artists.
So hope you get to catch some of what is going on. You can get more info on our skills exchange website and I’ll be posting up saturdays programme tomorrow
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