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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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#FiveonFriday…with Saint Sister Blog

FIRST Fortnight’s #fiveonfriday blog aims to provide an insight into the performers, artists and creative minds who get involved in the festival. By posting five questions and answers every Friday, we hope not just to entertain but to keep the conversation about mental health going throughout the year. First up is dreamy folk duo Saint Sister performing as part of FF16 at the We Cut Corners-curated...

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Co-Motion at First Fortnight: Camille Lucy Ross picks her four uplifting tunes All Posts / Blog

Camille Lucy Ross is a writer and actress and the founder of Brazen Tales Productions. Their play Big Bobby. Little Bobby. runs in the Project Arts Centre from 6 – 9 January. She tells us what four songs she turns to when she’s feeling down. Sax – Fleur East I rarely listen to current pop music but I cannot sit by while this song plays....

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Co-Motion at First Fortnight: Spies’ Conor Cusack picks his go to feel-good songs All Posts / Blog

Conor Cusack is the guitarist in Dublin band Spies, who will play the Therapy Sessions in the Workman’s Club on 8 January. Here he picks the four songs that lift him when he’s feeling down and tells us the overall reason for picking those four tracks. Bobby Vinton – Blue  on Blue Real Estate – Green Aisles The Walkmen – Canadian Girl The Beach Boys...

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Co-Motion at First Fortnight: Richard Brennan picks his feel-good songs All Posts / Blog

Richard Brennan is a spoken word performer, originally from Dublin but now based in Tullamore, Co Offaly. He will perform as part of the Therapy Sessions in the Workman’s Club on 15 January. He picks his go to feel-good songs for our Co-Motion event. JJ Cale – Travelin Light It could be any song from the Troubadour album, really. That record kept me company when...

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Co-Motion at First Fortnight: Eva O’Connor picks the four songs that get her through All Posts / Blog

Eva O’Connor is an award winning playwright and actress. Her play Overshadowed runs in the Project Arts Centre from 6 – 9 January as part of First Fortnight.  Here she picks the four songs that she would share at our Co-Motion event. DJ Fresh – Golddust Such an uplifting, spirit-raising tune. The video is class. It features loads of people skipping in a playground, so...

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