BEYOND THE PAIL
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.