#culturenight: Four of the best

A programme of films by Fergus Tighe

THE Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon will be the venue for a series of events that take place this Friday, from morning to late.
In the morning the venue will host a programme of short films for young primary school children, together with a short animation workshop led by animator and cartoonist Bernard Dowd.
An afternoon drama workshop for second level students on acting for film with film-maker Fergus Tighe and actress Jacinta Sheerin.
An early evening programme of short films made by local film-makers ranging from Short Documentary and Drama to Sports Shorts and Music Video.
A later evening programme of shorts and a recent Irish feature film will also be on the programme events in the Courthouse.

Wood from the trees

‘The house at Coole has gone now; razed to the ground. ‘They came like swallows and like swallows went,’ Yeats said in ‘Coole Park, 1929’.
‘Wood from the Trees’ is an installation, which is based exclusively around the landscape in Coole Parkby Ennis artist Shelagh Honan. Housed inside a series of glass cabinets and old Victorian plate cameras, are video narratives which depict the woodlands in Coole. The woodland appear as though they are suspended and contained within these display cases. The scene is evocative and haunting providing a snapshot that is both familiar and strange to all who have visited the site in Coole.
Looking at the videos it appears as though a negative image of the woods has developed and metamorphosed, over time in to something other, something different. This work has evolved over several years filming and recording on site. Despite miles of footage and ideas the work eventually began to write it self, it gently emerged in its own time while I was busy with other work, not too dissimilar to the automatic writings that Yeats was so fond of.
These installations can be seen once it gets dark, in the shop front window of Honan’s Antiques in 14 Abbey Street, Ennis, on Friday and Saturday the 19th and 20th of September. Thank you Honan’s antiques and Ennis Arts office for their continued support.

Poetry and Delta Blues

Listen to the latest works from multilingual poet Patrick Stack. Poetry written and read by Rosemary Power plus A.U McCoy’s CD Launch of, ‘A Long Time Coming’ which will take place on Culture Night 2015, September 18.
Poet Patrick Stack is Limerick born, but his been living in Clare for the past 20 years and works as a web developer, programmer and adult education tutor. He is an active member of the 3-Leggèd Stool Poets group which he joined in 2007.
His first collection of poetry entitled The Parting was published in April 2013.
Rosemary Power is a historian and theologian and has recently written ‘Kilfenora, Killinaboy, Scattery Island’, a book that gives details of three ancient pilgrim sites in County Clare.
It provides a guide to the cathedral at Kilfenora, the monastic ruins at Killinaboy, and the famous churches on Scattery Island in the Shannon Estuary.
A.U McCoy and “the Fake McCoys” bring you foot stomping ‘Shannon’ delta blues and lonesome mountain country songs to bring a stomp to your foot and a tear to your eye. Instruments include Resonator Guitar, Harmonica, Fiddle, WashBoard, Double Bass and Vocals. Trad Blues and arrangements of songs by Leadbelly,Mississippi Sheikhs,Johnny Cash, Chris Smither and Scot H Biram.
Kilkishen Cultural centre will also host Luka Bloom in concert. Organisers advised that booking is essential for this event.


Vanburgh Quartet

CULTURE Night in Clare sees Ireland’s leading classical ensemble, The Vanburgh Quartet launch Harvest their 2015 autumn tour. The glór concert will be a very special one, featuring Cranning by Clare’s own Dave Flynn.
The longevity of the Vanbrugh Quartet is due in no small part to the Irish people. As students of the 1980s in London the young Vanbrugh quartet responded to a newspaper advertisement for the position of a resident string quartet to the national broadcaster of Ireland (RTÉ). Beating off stiff competition they secured one of the most durable and creative positions in quartet history. The residency in Cork has existed since the 1950s, and in 1986 the Vanbrugh were the fourth quartet in succession to accept the honour. The creative environment of county Cork, combined with the encouragement they received from the Irish musical establishment, and a loyal following, have all nurtured their progress from students, via international competition successes, to becoming established on the professional international classical music scene. Their appointment as artists-in-residence to the National University of Ireland at University College Cork since 1991 has helped secure their position as Ireland’s longest established professional chamber ensemble. For this they are eternally grateful.

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