After a successful tour round the UK in October we begin an Irish tour this week.
Between the 7th & 24th of Nov the poet Stephen James Smith and I will be doing 14 gigs across the country. I’m delighted to be supporting him and hope to see yis at the gigs!
There’ll be a mix of his poetry from his new book Fear Not, my original songs and the collaborative stuff we do with some older poetry. Plus there’ll be some other performers joining us too. Ag tnúth go mór leis.
As you will notice from the gigs section of the website I’m currently on tour with Stephen James Smith and we’re making our way round the UK to perform in some wonderful venues. Last night was in the Met in Bury (pronounced Berry) which was a lovely venue and we had a warm and friendly vibe in the room with plenty of banter and craic. We had the wonderful thought provoking poetry of Louise Fazaracky from Wigan to start off the evening also.
Tonight Stephen will be performing his poem This Community on the Late Late Show on RTE 1 from London.
So if you can make any of the shows that’d be great. If not then please spread the word!
Following on from many other events I’ve had the privilege to be involved with for IMRAM with legendary poets of the Irish language medium, here’s an event celebrating Tarot, of which i know little or nothing! But seemingly some of Bob Dylan’s songs are filled with imagery from Tarot Cards and the three I’ll be interpreting will be Isis, Changing Of The Guards and No Time To Think, all translated wonderfully by Gabriel Rosenstock. These are all epic songs. Very different to the short songs I’m used to singing and writing. To be honest I never gave his longer songs enough attention, (with the exception of Masters of War which totally blew me away) so it’s a challenging experience for me but I’m enjoying it and looking forward to the event in Smock Alley Theatre.
I’ll be joined not for the first time by two amazing poets, Dairena Ní Chinnéide (in Irish) and Helen Ivory (in English) and by the wonderful visual artist Margaret Lonergan (She’s deadly – see below) . Curated as usual by Liam Carson of IMRAM.
An Túr: Tionscadal an Tarot / The Tower: The Tarot Project
Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Helen Ivory & Enda Reilly
The art of Tarot poetics began in Renaissance Italy with Teo lo Folengo and his contemporaries, and since then poets including W B Yeats, T S Eliot and Marge Piercy have used the Tarot in their work. Curated by Liam Carson, The Tower features Dairena Ní Chinnéide (in Irish) and Helen Ivory (in English)reading work inspired by the Tarot cards, with on-screen projections created by Margaret Lonergan. On his albums Desire and Street-Legal, Bob Dylan wrote a series of songs drenched in Tarot imagery, and a selection of these, transcreated into Irish by Gabriel Rosenstock, will be performed by Enda Reilly.
Ba san Iodáil a cuireadh tús le healaín éigse an Tarot agus ó aimsir Teo lo Folengo agus na lí a bhí comhaimseartha leis tá leas á bhaint ag lí as an Tarot, ina measc W B Yeats, T S Eliot agus Marge Piercy. Is é Liam Carson coiméadai An Túr/The Tower, seó a léireoidh dánta le Dairena Ní Chinnéide agus Helen Ivory a tháinig faoi thionchar na gcártaí Tarot. Teilgfidh Margaret Lonergan físeanna draíochtacha ar an scáileán. Chum Bob Dylan roinnt amhrán sna halbaim Desire agus Street-Legal atá ar maos in íomhánna Tarot agus canfaidh Enda Reilly cuid acu sin, traschruthaithe ag Gabriel Rosenstock.
Here’s a performance of Down By The Sally Gardens from the event, I hear it in the Deep Hearts Core, live in Pearse Street Library on Poetry Day last week. Cathal Quinn and I had a lovely audience thanks to Dublin City Libraries and Guthanna Binne Síoraí. The Irish in the song and the show was translated by the one and only Gabriel Rosenstock.