Buíochas ó chroí to Louis de Paor and Claire Cunningham for including me in the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘No Egos No Divas’ which was broadcast today. Great to hear the articulate voices of Doireann Ní Ghriofa, Aifric Mac Aodha, Simon Ó Faoláin, Marcus Mac Conghail, Seámus Barra Ó Súilleabháin and Caitlín Nic Íomhair in full flow. You can listen back to it here.
Bass + Poetry = Dordfhilíocht.
I was involved in an event curated by Liam Carson as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin on 21st May. He paired poetry with the bass (fretted, fretless, double… even a saw produced music!) I was accompanied by Nev Lloyd on fretless bass. He also played double bass for Liam O Muirthile. Marcus Mac Conghail and Eoin O’Brien produced an avant garde collaboration (we need more of this stuff as Gaeilge!) and Séamas Barra O Súilleabháin and Martin Brunsden riffed off each other in what was a really special performance. Martin even got out the aforementioned saw for SB’s haiku.
Here are some photographs by Jim Berkeley