The Big Mixtape in Malahide
LABOUR Local Election candidate Brian McDonagh is promising voters a great night's entertainment in the run up to polling day with an evening of comedy, music and poetry in Gibneys of Malahide on Thursday.
'We've a great line up for the show, including comedy sketch troop the Brown bread players, All Ireland champion slam poet John Cummins and Dublin Funk outfit Miss Kate. We're calling it The Big Mixtape.
'I shamelessly stole the idea from Kalle Ryan, MC of the Brownbread Mixtape a monthly themed event in the Stag's Head in Dublin which showcases some of the best musicians, poets and performers in Ireland .
'I have press-ganged Kalle and the other acts into helping me out. I wanted to do something different and, having been involved with Brownbread since the start, it was an obvious choice.
'Kalle is a brilliant MC, this is a Golden opportunity for anyone who hasn't seen him in action to see something special. It'll be 50 per cent official campaign launch, 50 per cent fundraiser and 100 per cent craic.
'Although I've been campaigning since last August this is a chance to get together and let the hair down. Everyone's welcome. I can guarantee people will get unbelievable value, John Cummins' homage to Lionel Messi is worth the tenner alone.'
It isn't hugely surprising that such an arts-focused fundraiser was chosen by Portmarnock man Brian McDonagh.
Brian is the son of playright Maeve Ingoldsby, a second cousin of Pat Ingoldsby and has been involved in community arts, and performed himself in festivals, plays and shows. Although his professional background is in IT sales and management, his brothers Sean, Niall and Gus McDonagh are all professional actors and together with Eva Bartley will be performing radio style sketch comedy on the night.
'Sometimes when they are short-handed they get me in as a sub, so I might get up and do a sketch or two myself! I would love to see a show like this locally and if it's a success there's no reason we can't have it regularly. There is so much talent about.'