Beats on the streets at global rhythm festival

THE beat will most certainly be on the street in Dingle this week at the annual Cuisle Chorca Dhuibhne - Dingle Global Rhythm Festival from this Friday July 11 to Sunday July 13.

The third annual staging of the event has this year attracted a number of interesting acts and Cuisle Chorca Dhuibhne promise plenty in the line of percussion.

Evening and daytime gigs, percussion and dance workshops, children's events, and a communal drum circle are important features of the festival.

Cuisle Chorca Dhuibhne gets underway this Friday at 2.45pm with the official opening of the festival in the gardens of An Díseart on Green Street with a communal drumming circle, in which all ages and abilities are free to participate in, facilitated by Odyke Nzewi. This will be followed by a West African dance class with Catherine Young, also in An Díseart, and a performance by the Dingle Carnival Band in Dick Mack's Yard.

On Saturday a food market and street entertainment by Tralee's Samba Cuisle and Jon Saunders (on bouzouki, ukulele and ngoni) will see the Holy Ground transformed from 10am to 3pm. Meanwhile, a special event entitled 'Stomping in the Woods' will take place at An Díseart aimed at children aged seven and under which will see Ruti Lach create a colourful musical scene,with plenty of stomping, dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments.

An African drumming workshop with Odyke Nzewi from the Igbo speaking culture will introduce local drummers to the unique music styles from that part of Nigeria at 11.45pm. Then at 4pm, Teresa Galvin will be performing songs from across the genres, interspersed with her own creations in Currans. The headline show on Saturday night sees reggae dub jazz band Avatar and Jamaican legend Ricky Grant take to the stage in the garden of An Chonair at 10pm with support from Samba Cuisle beginning at 9pm.

On Sunday Irish and African customs combine in 'Colours' featuring as Afro-Trad Ireland, which comprises of Ugandan and Irish musicians, and Tralee-based multinational drum and vocal group 'Different Skins' perform in An Díseart from 12.45am.

The day continues with a belly dancing class for all levels with Sabina, an Afro-Cuban rumba dance workshop with Fanny Binder and West African dance workshops with Marie-Helene Kane from France.

Sunday's headline act has a distinct local flavour as Dingle funk band Strange Attractor take to the stage in Curran's at 10pm.