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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.

Tony Clay­ton-Lea

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