14th Dec. 2012.
What a(nother!) fantastic night! (for photo gallery, see below)
A large and appreciative (and, as usual, highly talented) crowd turned out to witness a glorious night of poetry and music. And wine and nibbles!
We had two debutants reading from their poetic oeuvre, Michael Ray and Darragh Browne. The work was marvellous and the readings beautifully done.
Darragh Browne kicked off with his unique style combining poetry, rap, theatre, performance, comedy, pathos and bathos.
Disappearing Shoes, (Paul Ó Colmáin & Tim Abbott) of this parish, performed some incidental music in the interval, unveiling some new songs, cuid acu as Gaeilge. You’d sear they’d been practising!
Michael Ray, a highly regarded glass artist, who has been winning all kinds of awards and prizes for his poetry in the last two years, including the RTE National Poetry Award 2011 and the International John Lennon Poetry Competition, among others, read next.
He gave a perfect reading of read his beautifully crafted, exquisite poems to a rapt audience.
We’ll be hearing a lot more of these two poets.
But the night didn’t end there! Oh, no! A succession of musicians and poets came forward to perform and it was, as always, wonderful.
Laura Devlin of The Treesleepers sang for us, as did Breeda Murphy, Kevin Pendred, Lothar Luken read some of his poems, Áine Brosnan, Úna Wycherly, Rupert Housden (on percussion and backing vocals!), Simon Lockwood, Lou Martin, Rosie, Zillah Francis and Marianne Adams all sang too.
Astonishingly, almost all the material was original! Simply stunning.
Thanks you to all who came and gave support to what we’re doing in WAS and especially to Michael and Darragh, to Tim and to all who played, sang and read.
Roll on the next night!!