Soul music, deep fried nappies and Imelda Quirke's backside took centre stage at Vicar Street last night as Roddy Doyle's Barrytown trilogy met Dublin's MusicTown Festival.
ome of Ireland's best musicians including Imelda May, cabaret singer Camille O'Sullivan, Damien Dempsey, and Glen Hansard performed a selection of songs which inspired Doyle's award-winning trilogy.
Meanwhile, actor Colm Meaney, who has starred in screen adaptation of both 'The Van' and 'The Snapper', joined fellow actors including 'Love/Hate's Peter Coonan and Aidan Gillen to read extracts from those titles, as well as 'The Commitments'.
Liberties-native Imelda May, who sang 'Walking in the Rain', one of Roddy's favourite songs growing up, was delighted to be taking part in the event.
"I always related to his writing growing up because it was like reading my childhood," she said.
"Roddy's writing is very honest and he's a credit to Dublin," she added.
The evening was curated by Man Booker Prize-winning author Doyle and 'Other Voices' producer Aoife Woodlock and ended with all musicians taking to the stage to perform Candi Staton's 'Young Hearts Run Free'.
"It's been a long four months getting ready for the festival," general manager of MusicTown Karen Walshe said.
"We are unifying the city. We are giving a musical voice to the Barrytown trilogy and it's a unique event," Walshe added.
"And that's what the festival is about."
Over 50 events, including concerts, talks and seminars, are taking place over the course of the festival.
'Messiah in the Street' takes place at lunchtime today and will see Our Lady's Choral Society perform Handel's 'Messiah' on Fishamble Street.
Elsewhere, the MusicFutures Talk at Smock Alley Theatre on April 17 will see practitioners of Ireland's music and arts scene discuss 'What Does It Mean to be a Music Town?' before an audience.