Clonmel Junction Festival presents exciting programme for summer festival
May15

Clonmel Junction Festival presents exciting programme for summer festival

Clonmel Junction Festival is set to bring a diverse and unique programme to County Tipperary this summer. Carefully curated around the theme of the Black Sheep, festival goers will have the opportunity to experiment as well as experience something new and completely different when the festival takes place the week of July 3-9th.   One of the most sought after shows in Ireland and the only Irish performance in 2017, CJF17 will present the award-winning Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Teac Damsa  a magical adaptation of one of the most famous of all ballets, Swan Lake.  Michael Keegan-Dolan  has forged a searing new vision for the beloved tale, creating a world of magical realism, powerful imagery and potent storytelling, rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland meet. The Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds has created a new score that combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences.    The extensive music programme will feature This is the Kit, Martin Hayes and David Power, Lankum (formerly Lynched), Crash Ensemble and Sam Amidon, Kate Ellis and Yuki Numata Resnick, Talos, Aine Cahill, AE MAK, R.S.A.G., Daithi and much more.  CJF17 will present The Cave, three intimate music events in Mitchelstown Cave on July 7/8/9.  Featured in this series are Peter Broderick, Loah, Jesca Hoop, Rosie Carney, Marc O’Reilly and Brigid Mae Power.   Compagnia TPO from Italy bring their wonderful family show Kindur – The Adventurous life of Icelandic Sheep. Telling the story of the sheep through three dancers who involve the audience and encourage them to become part of the flock, it promises to be a truly immersive show for both children and family.   The Black Sheep Artist-in-Residency programme will feature knitwear designer Katie Hanlan, visual art organization Lay of the Land, graffiti artist James Earley and Ireland’s premiere contemporary music group Crash Ensemble.  Over the course of the week, these incredible artists will create work that responds to the theme and the landscape in Clonmel.     At the weekend, festival goers will find a 12-foot Gramophone by Donnacha Cahill – audio-visual sculpture – moving around the town and surrounding areas.  Audiences will be able to interact with the steel Gramophone, weighing over a tonne at various locations and can receive updates on it’s location by following our social media channels    Joanne Condon of Kyle Lane (furniture upcycling company) will create an outdoor installation entitled Balloon Herd, that will see buildings around Clonmel decorated with large-scale balloon installations.   Yvonne McGuinness returns to the well to perform with her new piece, exploring themes of femininity, ritual and relationship to place.  Working with dancer Liv O’Donoghue and the guardian of the well David Flannery, the artists combines real and fictive performances and stagings that create an immersive installation at Scot’s Church.  ...

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Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”
May15

Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”

  Review by Bobby Green Every question that has been asked of The Strypes so far in their already industrious career they have answered with great aplomb. Their debut EP’s and debut album were killers, but were they a fad, a flash in the pan? Then a glorious 2nd album with continuous live performances around the world putting some more established acts to shame with their attitude and energy. Yes, there were hints of it being a difficult 2nd album during the creation process, but the finished result was a polished sound of a band who knew what they wanted and where they wanted to go, and like nearly everyone I know, we all wanted to go there with them. For us older fans, we’ve seen a few bands come and go, but The Strypes have always been the real deal. Their honesty and intent from day 1 has always been true. When you see them live you’re reminded of how exciting rock n roll can be, and with album number 3 on the way my friends and I are all excited about what are they going to sound like now. To be honest some of us are looking forward to album number 5 and 6 and there are multiple scenarios we’ve been playing around with. But putting our imagination aside for a while there is a third Strypes album on the horizon and “Behind Closed Doors” is the lead single from it. As always they fail to disappoint, this has all the vibes of a 45rpm single, it’s close to perfect. With a late 70’s early 80’s post punk feel to it, you’ll be reminded of Secret Affair with a hint of The Vibrators, but overall you’ll be left with this stomping tune going round and around in your head. It has all The Strypes attitude and swagger you’d expect with a faultless vocal delivery. If this is a taster of ‘Spitting Image’, their next album, then look out anyone who stands in their way. They can move away from the shackles of being the next big thing and take their place among the bigger boys who could learn a thing or two from one of the most exciting bands on the planet right...

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