The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - FUN & GAMES -

If you’re too shy to play pub­lic dress-up, bucket singing might be yer only man. Con­tes­tants in the All-Ire­land Bucket Singing Cham­pi­onship re­main anony­mous by virtue of the fact that when they de­liver their sean-nós ditty, they’ve got a gal­vanised me­tal bucket over their bulb. I can speak with some au­thor­ity on this par­tic­u­lar branch of our tra­di­tional arts, tak­ing place at Dun­gar­van Trad­fest this week­end, be­cause be­lieve it or not, I’m the reign­ing All-Ire­land cham­pion. Un­for­tu­nately, I won’t be there to de­fend my crown/bucket this year; I’m hold­ing out for an in­vi­ta­tion to au­di­tion for Euro­vi­sion 2014.

There’s an un­usu­ally bumper crop of bizarre beanos pop­ping up this bank-hol­i­day week­end. It feels like nor­mal­ity has barely been reestab­lished af­ter our last pe­riod of fes­ti­val ex­tra-time, and al­ready it’s once more unto the breach, dear friends. You might be re­lieved to hear that not all the fes­ti­vals hap­pen­ing this week­end re­quire you to dress up and goose-step into a bucket.

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