Tujacques, The Fall at Set Theatre

The Fall at Set Theatre, Kilkenny (C) Ken McGuire

Mark E Smith’s The Fall took to the Set stage as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival last night with Dublin-based Toujacques opening the proceedings around 10.15pm or so. Continue reading “Tujacques, The Fall at Set Theatre”

BITCHES, Fight Like Apes at Kilkenny Arts Festival

BITCHES at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

BITCHES (@peaceandbitches) kicked off the musical proceedings at Billy Byrne’s on night seven of the 2013 Kilkenny Arts Festival, the band making their festival debut.

BITCHES at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

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Seti The First, Biggles Flys Again at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Seti The First at Kilkenny Arts Festival. Photo (C) Ken McGuire

New Music Night has turned up some great acts over the years as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival and this year the hand dealt contained The Cold Draw (formerly The Thomas Donoghue Band), Seti The First and Biggles Flys Again. Continue reading “Seti The First, Biggles Flys Again at Kilkenny Arts Festival”

David Kitt, Seamus Fogarty at Set Theatre

Seamus Fogarty at Set Theatre, Kilkenny. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Closing out the third day of the 2013 Kilkenny Arts Festival was David Kitt, with Seamus Fogarty, above, opening the proceedings. Both have been involved in the festival on different occasions over the last few years. Of course, we were the late arrivals, missing all but the last two tunes from Seamus Fogarty before David Kitt, below, took to the stage.

David Kitt at Set Theatre, Kilkenny. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Kitt later introduced Margie Lewis to the proceedings, here’s what happened…

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013 Day 3: Camerata Ireland (with video)

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

When I first started covering the Arts Festival back in 2008/09, I was a complete newcomer to classical music. Flash forward to 2012 and into 2013 and presenting The Arts Show for KCLR96FM and I’ve got a totally different appreciation of all things classical.

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

So much so, that last night, even from the back of the cathedral filming, I was absolutely in my element, music-wise.

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Granted, I had to get as close as I could to the action when the Shostokavich piece was being performed, featuring trumpet player Alison Balsom (pictured below).

Camerata Ireland with Barry Douglas and Alison Balsom at St. Canice's Cathedral. Photo (c) Ken McGuire

Even from the opening few minutes, the entire first act felt like you were in the most epic of movies but it has to be said, that first half performance alone was one of the best things to happen to the programming of the classical strand in years (and I’ve been to almost all the classical gigs in the past five festivals). More of the same for next year, please.

The result of the filming? Check it out below…

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band absolutely lifted the roof of Set Theatre last night. It’s been a while since I’ve shot photo and video in front of an absolutely belting speaker stack, but the results will make for great additions to the festival highlights coverage.

Here’s two select stills from last night’s stomping gig, with video on the way over on YouTube.

Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band

The semi-seated affair seemed to last all of a few minutes before the dancefloor at Set filled for a relentless, funky, 90 minutes-or-so-ish bout of dancing and all kinds of body-shape-moving and throwing.

A cracking way to wind out day 2 of this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival.

Kilkenny Arts Festival Day 2: Bob And Roberta Smith Opens

Bob And Roberta Smith Walking Tour

Bob And Roberta Smith’s show officially opened this afternoon, beginning for us with a trip to the Heritage Council to take in the ‘Bob Walk And Talk’ around some of the sites of Bob And Roberta Smith’s work, pictured (right, above) with the lady posing as Hannah Arendt (I should have gotten her name, will ask her tomorrow).

Bob Walk And Talk at The Heritage Council

You can dress as and experience Hannah Arendt in The Bishop’s Robing Room at the rear of The Heritage Council.

Bob Walk And Talk at The Heritage Council

The lady in question herself. Take part in the whole experience by donning some 1940’s costumes, reading some of Hannah Arendt’s published books and chat about the background of the show.

Bob Walk And Talk at The Heritage Council

If you make tracks to Rothe House this festival, you’ll find these Talking Sticks outside the main area for Bob’s work on Parliament Street, where you’ve also got the chance to hop on the soap box and have your say with the possibility of your answers to the show’s many questions appearing on the wall of the Butler Gallery during the festival.

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

Bob And Roberta Smith at Kilkenny Arts Festival

The remainder of the above form part of Bob And Roberta Smith’s show at Butler Gallery in Kilkenny Castle. It’s also the first show in the history of the festival (as well as being Bob’s first Irish show) to feature the Discover Pen, allowing those who are visually impaired to fully participate in the exhibition.

If you don’t make the festival, the show continues into the next month, but drop down before next weekend to have a chance to meet the man in question himself.

Bob And Roberta Smith: Bonfire

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Today was Day 0 for our documentary crew for the 40th Kilkenny Arts Festival and it kicked off with some on-camera chats with Bob and Roberta Smith.

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Bob’s work is the core of the Visual Arts strand for this year’s festival and this work, Bonfire, can be seen in the reception area of County Hall and is open to all at the very least on weekdays.

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Keep an eye on KilkennyArts.ie tomorrow and throughout the week for clips from Bob, discussings his work, and those reacting to it throughout the festival.

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