Thursday 25 April 2019

My cultural life: Niamh Farrell

Niamh Farrell
Niamh Farrell
Gustav Klimt
Romeo and Juliet
True Detective

HamsandwicH are one of the top touring acts in the country, known for their incendiary live performances. The band, from Kells, Co Meath, features Niamh Farrell's powerful yet sweet vocals and Podge McNamee's juxtaposing baritone. The band will be touring throughout this year, performing new music as well as the old favourites, and will appear at the Groove Festival, brought to you by Energia, which returns to Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, next weekend.

Film: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

One thing you need to know about me is that I'm a hopeless romantic, so Romeo and Juliet (above) is like my Bible. I saw it first in the Screen Cinema when I was 13 and became slightly obsessed with it. Baz Luhrmann's style of filmmaking captured my imagination (and Leo DiCaprio captured my teenage girl mind) and the film still stands up to this day. Sometimes films from the early 1990s date badly, but this one definitely doesn't.

Song: Poor Boys Shoes, Declan O'Rourke

Without fail, this song makes me cry every time I hear it. It's on an album of songs called Chronicles Of The Great Irish Famine that Declan wrote and it is one of the most beautiful and sad stories from it. It's a story of a boy who meets a girl, they grow up and get married and have children and then, due to the famine, end up in the workhouse on the hill. His use of music at this point in the song is breathtaking. The urgency of the song drops and slows down and before he sings the words, you can tell that there is sadness coming.

Artwork: The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt

Growing up, I loved looking at those big books with lots of art and different artists in it and I always remember loving The Kiss (above) and still do. To me, it tells us perfectly what love is. I love the peaceful expression on the woman's face, she is completely relaxed and at ease with her lover as he kisses her. Their hands are entwined as he leans over to kiss her cheek. The use of the gold and colours really show us the beauty of love and how special it is to have it. This is definitely a painting I would love to see in the 'flesh'!

Design: John Player factory

For some reason, I have always had a love for the look of the front of this building. It's very classic looking, it kind of looks like it could have been built yesterday. The brick they used was a light brown colour and it makes the building seem almost friendly, which is hilarious since it was a cigarette factory. The whole building is derelict at the minute but hopefully when something is done with it, they won't get rid of the front of the building.

TV: True Detective

True Detective

I was a bit late to the party with True Detective (above) and actually finished watching the first season only a few nights ago. It absolutely blew me away. The acting in it is absolutely incredible, the storyline is brilliant. There's plenty of suspense throughout and even a few bits of dark comedy between the two detectives.

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