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TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER: #FiveOnFriday with Damola of the Word Up Collective Blog

DAMOLA is a rising star of the Irish urban scene and part of Word Up Collective – an exciting Dublin-based collaboration of diverse talents working in hiphop, spoken word, R&B, rap, pop and related genres, who got together earlier this year to exchange skills and elevate their profiles. As part of the group Backshed inc with Ange MC, Sam Ojo and video director Steven Beatsmith, Damola runs...

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Word up – the FiveOnFriday with poet Alicia Byrne Keane Blog

POETRY Day Ireland is coming up on April 28 and among many events planned for it is a spoken word-based show in Dublin’s Workman’s Club with proceeds to Pieta House. I spoke to organiser, Alicia Byrne Keane, about the event and her take on the thriving spoken word scene. Poet and performer Alicia is the spoken word editor for the Bogman’s Cannon site – (check out her...

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#FiveOnFriday with artist Lorcan Vallely Blog

For the uninitiated; the impact of the Vallely family on modern Irish art and traditional music is a profound one. Whether it be through guiding aspiring musicians from the grassroots to producing some of the finest art and music available today, the contribution has been immense and continues unabated.  One of them, painter Lorcan Vallely, works mainly with charcoal and oil, creating pieces which are...

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Preachings of The Choir Invisible Blog

THE Choir Invisible have emerged from hibernation with a new album on the way, About Last Night (not a reference to the 80’s Rob Lowe movie, I’m assured). They launch the first single from it in the Workman’s Club, Dublin, tomorrow, Thursday – Waiting Room, a glam stomp of guitar and sleazed-out organs, as singer Alan Black intones: “It’s the saddest thing you’ll ever see/Waiting in line for...

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#FiveOnFriday with Mongoose Blog

FOLK foursome Mongoose have been tucked away writing and recording new material aiming to “emerge as beautiful moths” in time for the summer festivals – but First Fortnight managed to infiltrate their efforts for a brief #FiveOnFriday chat. Last year the self-proclaimed Dublin ‘jolk’  band (jazz-folk) released their self-titled debut album brimming with beautiful harmonies and taking much joy in their musical quirks with influences as various...

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#FiveOnFriday with singer-songwriter Grainne Hunt Blog

THIS week we catch up with singer-songwriter Grainne Hunt – having lent her powerful vocal talent to the likes of Mark Geary and Glen Hansard, Grainne is taking centre centre stage with her debut album, Firing Pin. On this, she marshalls a who’s who of Irish musical talent including Vyvienne Long, James Cramer and Graham Hopkins, with Joe Chester on production. Grainne is part of Female Heroes,...

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#FiveonFriday with radio producer Julien Clancy Blog

  If you haven’t heard of ‘The Moth’ (storytelling phenomenon/podcast/award-winning radio hour and New York Times bestseller)… don’t worry, you’re not alone. If you have, there’s a good chance it’s due to the subject of this week’s #FiveonFriday; Julien Clancy. As well as bringing ‘The Moth’ (which formed part of FF16) to Dublin, Julien is behind ‘Sounds Alive’ both of which showcase the art of audio...

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#FiveOnFriday with Humans of Dublin photographer Peter Varga Blog

INSPIRED by the Humans of New York site, Irish-based Hungarian-born photographer Peter Varga took up originator Brandon Stanton’s call to start similar projects in cities worldwide. Peter’s Humans of Dublin, while it may not be the only ‘Humans Of’ project based in the capital, certainly seems to be the most popular – with over 90,000 Facebook followers, the vibrant, often poignant, snapshots of life he...

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#FiveOnFriday…with performance poet Lewis Kenny Blog

NEXT up for our #FiveOnFriday questionnaire is the rapid-tongued poet Lewis Kenny following his typically brilliant performance at the Therapy Sessions in FF16. Lewis is one of the rising stars of the ever-growing Irish performance poetry scene; his uncompromising rhymes confront the issues facing our communities, drug culture, the unforgiving highs and lows of being a dedicated football nut… and everything else in between. Such...

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#FiveOnFriday with… comedian Alison Spittle Blog

FIRST Fortnight’s #fiveonfriday aims to provide an insight into performers, artists and creative minds, particularly those involved in the festival or who deal with mental health-related topics in their work. This week it’s the turn of comedian Alison Spittle whose show ‘Alison Spittle Discovers Hawaii’ is running as part of First Fortnight ’16 in the Smock Alley Theatre tonight and tomorrow night. Alison is a...

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