Horslips and Prunes unite

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Horslips drum­mer and poet and mu­sic jour­nal­ist Ea­mon Carr is em­bark­ing on a new mu­si­cal project with ex-Vir­gin Prunes drum­mer Daniel Fig­gis.

The pair have col­lab­o­rated on As­cen­sion, which fea­tures a five-poem cy­cle (writ­ten by Carr), and mu­sic by Fig­gis, who now works as a com­poser as well as hold­ing the ti­tle of artist-in­res­i­dence at Pearse Mu­seum in Dublin. The piece will be pre­miered at the mu­seum in St Enda’s Park, Rath­farn­ham on Fri­day, Septem­ber 17th, with two per­for­mances, at 7.30pm and 8.15pm.

“We met again ear­lier this year at the pre­miere of Julien Tem­ple’s Oil City Con­fi­den­tial, and later, at very short no­tice, Daniel obliged by sup­ply­ing a mar­vel­lous sound­track to a few short po­ems I read at a Haiti ben­e­fit,” said Carr.

“The pos­i­tive re­sponse to that en­cour­aged us to ex­plore some other pos­si­bil­i­ties. Daniel had been talk­ing about how he found the gar­dens at St Enda’s to be hugely in­spir­ing, and we both saw how these few po­ems might work in such a his­toric lo­ca­tion.”

The theme of the po­ems is “find­ing con­so­la­tion for the tragedy of loss. In some ways it’s a love let­ter. I’ve long heard an un­canny mix of el­egy and anger in Daniel’s mu­sic which doesn’t re­quire words or ex­pla­na­tion, but I find this com­bi­na­tion quite thrilling and mov­ing.”

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