Wednesday 22 January 2020

Fallen Angel sings through jazz lunch

Full house: Jimmy MacCarthy played to a packed Terryglass church for his 'Prophesy/Conspiracy/'? concert
Full house: Jimmy MacCarthy played to a packed Terryglass church for his 'Prophesy/Conspiracy/'? concert

Forget about Edinburgh, arty folks in Ireland have been flocking to Terryglass, on the shores of Lough Derg, where the picturesque Tipperary village has been hosting its annual arts festival this week.

The waterside festival has lots of attitude and colour, but without the snobbery so often found at summer cultural gatherings.

Originally from Coolbawn, the internationally acclaimed visual artist Joy Gerrard (now based in London) came home to open the festival, while her even more famous visual artist brother, John Gerrard, who has exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2009) and most recently at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, is exhibiting at the festival.

Singer/songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy packed Terryglass Church last night for his 'Prophecy/ Conspiracy?' concert and I went in the hope of hearing old favourites 'No Frontiers', 'Ride On' and 'Neidin'.

Today fm's Bob Conway is a frequent visitor to the area and he was in Terryglass, busy preparing for tonight's event, 'Down at the Quay', where he is Master of Ceremonies.

Paddy's Bar and The Derg Inn were hopping during the week. Local poet Eleanor Hooker read some of her poetry at Riverrun Cottages, but for me, the highlight comes at lunchtime today when jazz singer Ursula Connolly, of Fallen Angels, the female a capella foursome, will perform jazz and swing tunes at the same venue.

That's my kind of Saturday lunch!

- BP

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