PICK OF THE WEEK
Solo harper Kathleen Loughnane kicks off the final weekend of concerts curated by Cormac Begley throughout the summer in this fine venue. It’s a place where well known and emerging musicians share equal billing, and this weekend is no different. Tomorrow night, Yvonne Casey and Terry Bingham celebrate the natural companionship that unites fiddle and accordion, and on Sunday, harpist Úna Ní Fhlannagáin sheds another light on our national instrument: fittingly, given the raft of commemorations happening throughout this centenary year. The final session on Monday will see Japanese duo, Junji Shirota and Mareka wrap these summer tunes in the church up with guitar and fiddle. A suitably lateral thinking end to an eclectic programme of concerts. TRAD Caitlín and Ciarán FESTIVAL OF DISSENT This weekend’s Drogheda-based Festival of Dissent questions the received wisdom that everything of cultural significance happens only in cities. Supported by the Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme, the alliance between the town’s Upstate Theatre and “socially dis-engaged artist” Seamus Nolan examines the legacy of Drogheda’s once vibrant punk rock past. Nolan acknowledges that the account of the town’s youth culture (nominally, 1978-85) is not definitive, but rather a revealing snapshot of how a provincial town absorbed influences from outside Ireland (including UK television shows and music newspapers such as New Musical Express, Sounds and Melody Maker) as well as from its own environment (local radio, DIY music scenes, fanzines).
“The history of bootboys, skins, punks and new wavers in Drogheda is fascinating,” says Nolan, “as it connects to a global culture of opposition in art, music and politics. The nature of punk and the culture it facilitated has had a huge influence, and its history and legacy should become part of the town’s official narrative.” Festival of Dissent launches on
A garda and two punks outside the Bridewell, Dublin in 1985.
Saturday at Droichead Arts Centre, with the publication of Subvert All Power: Drogheda’s Punk History. The book launch will be followed by performance pieces by Nigel Rolfe and Paddy Dillon, spoken word by Dave Lordan, and a discussion by artist/writer Orla Ryan on the influence of 1970s feminist punk culture. A sound collage of interviews with local punks (past and present) will drift around the theatre spaces.
On Sunday, a free open-air concert at the rear of Barlow House, Narrow West Street will be preceded at 2pm by the Parade of Dissent, which will make its way from St Laurence’s Gate to the venue. Bands performing at Barlow House include The Black Pitts, The Marxman and OKUS.