Good reports from the staging of Limerick writer Kevin's Barry collection of short stories "There are Little Kingdoms" which runs nightly until October 4th in the Granary Theatre in Cork. Kevin talks in detail about the process of getting it to the stage on eagsuil this week. Worth noting how Meridian theatre hope to tour in new year but with cutbacks it may not happen. So worth catching it now. Booking: 021 4904275 Shane
I like this thesis which has just been published. "Mapping the City One Rap Song at a Time: How Place and Hip Hop Intersect in Minneapolis, Minnesota" is by Emma O Brien and is a very readable introduction to the Twin cities hip hop scene. It also looks at the rich tradition of hip hop telling city stories. I was particularly interested in her analysis of lyrics and her stories of been able to walk down certain streets and recognise locations from lyrics that she had heard previously. It is an interesting model to apply to a lot of Irish hip hop. How many real life street names or places are been namechecked. Not enough I think. Maybe it is a useful barometer of how 'real' something is. Off the top of my head I can think of 'The Horse and Hound' and 'Chicken Hut' from Rubberbandits 'Bag of Glue'. I remembered Exile Eye talking about cameras following him on 'pana' on his pressure points album. Any more?
The author of this paper, Emma O Brien, spent a semester at UL last year and supported a lot of hip hop events in the city. To read it click here and look for the link to PDF near bottom of page.
And if you are near a radio between 12.45 and 2.45 in the am, PC has an exclusive irish interview with brooklyn based soul singer stephanie mckay (photographed above) tonight on the block on
spin south west. Her new album 'tell it like it is'
is the perfect soundtrack to our late September summer. Enjoy
'Singing in the Lane' Wed 10/09/2008 in Mickey Martins as part of the I Love Limerick festival
The shock of a clear dry night has sunk in, cameras are outside and
primed as Mark, Greg, James and Charlotte stormtroop down the
alley. It’s a Gay pride thing but give those guys half a chance and
they would collect for a dogs home out side the Augustinian church on
a sunday morning dressed the way they are tonight. Born that way on
speed. The style? Think Lord of the flies crossed with the Wizard of
Oz performed in a crackhouse. For a soundtrack theres an angry itch
punching music out of laptops. Its Cait n Jeff like a conjoined gay
Orbital shuffling electro funk and general upbeat noise as a ‘im
Gay for tonight’ Iggy generously pours some jugged up free
cocktails for his patrons. Balloons are good, suck em n talk squeaky
funny. One of the guys tried it and spluttered ‘but I talk this
Hard to believe the execution of Troy Davis is going ahead in the next few hours. New York Times piece from last Saturday is pretty convincing as to why it shouldn't. Last ditch efforts going on, amnesty have some suggestions here. Very grim.
Update: 35 minutes later -last minute reprieve/stay of execution
One of the most interesting and diverse festivals to occur in Limerick in a long time, Tweak happens all this week with a grand finale on Saturday in the boat Club. Over the Weekend we spoke to Nora from the festival
There is a very varied and interesting programme on offer next week. If you were to pick out four recommendations and explain why they will be special?
1. Without a doubt France Cadet (Monday 2pm Art College) When
I first had the idea of doing the festival I knew I wanted to get
France over. In fact I think I went on a mission to get her. I first
came across her at an exhibition where her hunting trophies were on
display . I
won't gone on about them (have a look for yourself) but I thought hey
thats pretty cool and then when I had the idea of the festival she was
one of the first people to pop into my head. I think this workshop will
definitely be one of the most interesting ones - hacking a robotic
chimp head and its one that should not be missed.[check
out the video he's been sitting in my house for the last week, endless
entertainment, I can't wait to see what she does with it] 2. vvvv day (all day friday) Anyone who wants to be a vj or is into club visuals should not miss this all day workshop. The digital slaves are amazing and thats all I have to say. You
have to sit in the morning session to get your head around the
afternoon one. Check out their website you'll see what I mean.
Saviours is a new documentary coming out in early October. It is the result of two years filming following the progress of three boxers from St Saviours in Dublin's North Inner City. One of them happens to be Darren 'Dazzler' Sutherland. Looks good, as the chancer calls it like the Irish 'Hoop Dreams'. At present unfortunately it appears that it will only be shown in Dublin.
Paul Tarpey has an excellent overview of 80s underground club culture in Ireland posted over on the On the Record blog.
Norman Jay is just one of many attractions playing the end of summer carnival in Limerick next weekend. Jay will be playing two different sets a house set in trinity rooms on the Friday and a carnival set in Mickey Martins on the Saturday. Lots more going on check the poster.
Also coming up is the event filled tweak festival. We have more coming up on this later but in the meantime Ciaran has a detailed overview here.
Influentialirish Music bloggers rate Lisa Hannigan highly and she returns to Limerick for a second visit in 2008 next Wednesday in UL. Full details here.
Limerick writer Kevin Barrys book 'there are little kingdoms' was featured here before. An adaption of the book for the stage gets its premier in Cork this week as part of the inaugral Blood and Bandages Festival.