Tuesday 25 October 2016

Don’t miss: MusicTown festival kicks off across capital today

Published 06/04/2016 | 11:31

Singer Mary Coughlan and children from Divine Mercy Junior School Lucan second class
Singer Mary Coughlan and children from Divine Mercy Junior School Lucan second class

If your'e still feeling all patriotic and proud in the wake of the 1916 Centenary (and even if you're not) you can continue the celebrations with MusicTown.

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The second year of the festival celebrating the cream of Irish musical talent kicks off today and runs until April 17.

It's far from niche, with gigs covering all types of music from trad to rock, classical to pop, psychedelic to opera, electronic and more.

Think Neneh Cherry, Mary Coughlan, David Kitt, Crash Ensemble, Iarla O'Lionaird, Adrian Crowley, Linda Buckley, Mixtapes from the Underground, Opera Theatre Company and more.

Swedish superstar Cherry will take part in Banter in the Wintergarden in the National Gallery of Ireland on April 16 - a public interview with Jim Carroll followed by a DJ set later that evening at Wigwam.

Mary Coughlan will showcase a special music and theatrical performance inspired by her album, The House of Ill Repute at The Lab on Foley Street on aPRIL 7, 8 AND 9.

Music blogger Nialler9, meanwhile, curates a gig with David Kitt, I Have Tribe, and AE Mak in the Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square on April 16.

Also that day, Crash Ensemble with special guests Iarla O’Lionaird, Adrian Crowley and Linda Buckley perform an evening of music inspired by Irish language and text from across age and genre at the National Concert Hall Engineering Library.

Messiah in the Street returns to commemorate the anniversary of the very first performance of Handel's Messiah on April 13, 1742 in The Great Music Hall on Fishamble Street.

Reflecting on this, MusicTown and 12 Points Festival will look to the future and welcome 17 innovative young musicians to Meeting House Square on April 13, including London quintet WorldService Project, Nordic punk-pop-jazz outfit Pixel from Oslo and Dublin’s own hip-hop collective, Mixtapes from the Underground.

All proceeds from this event will go to the Irish Youth Foundation and Peter McVerry Trust.

Elsewhere, Opera Theatre Company presents a performance of Ariodante with Christian Curnyn conducting the acclaimed Irish Baroque Orchestra in the atmospheric St. Patrick’s Cathedral on April 15.

Leading Irish trad bands Lynched, Ye Vagabonds, Skippers Alley and Landless will play Trad Rising in The Button Factory on April 14.

Aoife McElwain will also be inviting festival goers to MVP to sing a special MusicTown edition of her popular Sing Along Social event celebrating Divas on April 17.  Think Whity, Celine etc.

On April 17 Thomas Johnston and Seán McElwain of The Far Field bring the realm of fairies to life in a traditional Irish music and arts performance against the backdrop of IMMA.

Closing the festival on the 17th will Be Sonic Whispers - three bands Bitch Falcon, Bunoscionn, Wounded Healer) from three different genres (Rock/Indie, Trad, Electronic) take to the stage for a night of music, Q&A and fun including audience participation, improvisation and collaboration at Whelans.

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