ROOLYA BOOLYA AT MOY RIVER
Roolya Boolya is a Celtic Folk duo hailing from Australia and made up of life partners Sile and Damien Neil. Síle, originally from Ireland plies her trade as a singer songwriter. She also combines her passion with motherhood and some additional work outside home. Damien is also a man of many talents but none greater than his prodigious multi-instrumental abilities. Widely sought after as a session player, Damien’s vocals and guitar playing are highly regarded in his native Oz.
Síle and Damien first met at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in South West Australia and for many years formed part the group, Saoirse. Saoirse have performed at some great festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, the National Folk Festival, and many other music venues throughout Australia.
Roolya Boolya will play a once-off House Concert at Moy River Folk Club in Cloonacool on Friday, 11 th January. The rural venue by now has a reputation for intimate gigs with some very interesting guests that have includes, Charlie McGettigan, Mick Hanly and Kieran Quinn.
The gig is also a fundraiser supporting the work of the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association (IMNDA). IMNDA is the only organisation of its kind in Ireland providing care and support to people with Motor Neurone Disease, their families, friends and carers. About one in every three hundred people are diagnosed with MND. There are approximately 360 people living with MND at any one time in Ireland. It usually affects those over 50 but can occur in people much younger. As yet, there is no specific treatment that will halt the progress of the disease. However, there is a lot that can be done in the way of symptom management and to slow the progression of the disease.
This concert is of particular importance to Síle as her mother, Gemma, was recently diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease. Spaces are limited at the South Sligo venue so booking is essential for those who wish to attend on 087 2512030.
PEARSE MCGLOUGHLIN AND THE NOCTURNES
Pearse McGloughlin, the Sligo-born songwriter and front man of Nocturnes, is known for blending ethereal influences and minimalistic production into gentle, yet emotionally powerful works play at The Hawk’s Well on January 19 th.
Pearse has released critically acclaimed albums including ‘In Movement’ (2012) and ‘Idiot Songs’ (2013) in collaboration with composer Justin Grounds, and more recently, ‘ The Soft Animal’ (2016) with his band Nocturnes, which have drawn comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Mercury Rev. Pearse’s work often deals in literary and philosophical themes; reworking writers such as John Keats and Fyodor Dostoevsky. His music has been described as captivating, elegant and nuanced, and has featured in The Irish Times, BBC Northern Ireland, RTE 2FM, Lyric FM, Radio1 and KCRW, as well as at festivals such as Body and Soul, Electric Picnic, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival and Other Voices.
The performance will include a film & visual showcase from Kevin & Páraic McGloughlin.
ST. BRIGID’S DAY
The iconic early Christian symbol St Brigid has been chosen to serve as a catalyst for 90 invited Irish women artists to create an original painting for this exhibition at the Hamilton Gallery from January 23rd.
Folk custom, the four seasons, women’s lives and crafts, poetry, all intersect at the 1st of February feast-day of Saint Brigid in Ireland. What is celebrated is the rebirth of the living earth; it was usual in some places to turn a sod of earth with the spade, the work of cultivation beginning again. Many customs, especially around food and cattle, are connected with the day, but the best known was the making of St Brigid’s crosses out of straw or rushes.
Women’s political journey in the last century of Irish history makes it right to choose the day for special celebration of Irish women artists and the works of art are further held in focus by their relation to the poem “St Brigid’s Day 1989” by Leland Bardwell, which positions the poet as observer, half outside the culture that she watches. This exhibition is a dynamic and vibrant contemporary response, to the import and changing cultural significance of powerful traditional female symbolism not just in Ireland, but in all contemporary societies.
Organised by Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland, with the support of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in association with the Irish Embassy to Great Britain as part of the annual St Brigid’s Day events celebrating the creativity of women.
Pearse McGloughlin and The Nocturnes.
Roolya Boolya come to Moy River.