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Thursday 27 November 2014

Stage set for Eigse

Published 23/04/2013 | 05:24

Carlow will be full of life during the Eigse festival with a truly eclectic programme that include events from across a range of genres including theatre, visual arts, music, comedy, film, contemporary dance and much more.

For the second year running spoken word events includes The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas on June 8 and June 9 (www.festivalofwritingandideas.com) and The History Festival of Ireland from June 15 and June 16 (www.thehistoryfestivalofireland.com ) both of which include a myriad of unique, stimulating and engaging talks and promise to among the best events of their kind in the country.

Eigese itself will open with the captivating and inspiring Bronagh Gallagher on Friday June 7 at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre 8.45pm. Paying homage to Dusty Springfield, Al Green, The Shangri-Las, Aretha Franklin and Emmy Lou Harris, she moves from stirring Motown to sultry soul to delicious gospel to lowdown Harlem blues. This will be one of the highlights of the festival.

John Cooper Clarke, the 'Punk Poet' performs at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre Thursday June 13 at 8pm. His piercing, satirical, political and fiercely funny verse expressed in his rapid-fire performance style resonated with the punk movement and youth culture of which he became a figurehead in the late 70s.

After touring with most of punk's critical and ground breaking bands including the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello, he carved out a name for himself and produced his seminal works Evidently Chicken Town and Beasley Street.

Singing Nina: The life and Music of Nina Simone will take place on Tuesday June 11 at 8pm. Singing Nina is the fabulous new show by the Chicago Jazz Queen, Karen Underwood and her band. Karen brings to you in narration and song the engrossing life story of the great legend Nina Simone, from her struggle against racism and exile from her homeland to her flamboyant, troubled relationships and poignant later years.

Karen sings all the classic Nina songs, Mississippi Goddamn, Sinnerman, My Baby and I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl.

For the Party on the Barrow on Saturday June 8 Sharon Shannon will liven up the crowd and make the audience explode with applause. Visit the website www.eigse.com to keep up to date with many other very exciting events for children and adults happening over these exhilarating 10 days in June!

Book events Online: www.visualcarlow.ie Box office (059) 917 2400

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