Sunday 26 May 2019

Extended programme for Cairde fest

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival (SAF) is set to return this July, with an extended programme of Irish and international writers, musicians, artists and performers.

Acclaimed author of The Argonauts, American genre-busting writer Maggie Nelson will be making her first ever Irish appearance at the festival, in an event that is sure to be a festival highlight. As ever, music will be a strong core at Cairde SAF, from a sublime double bill featuring two of the most distinctive voices in Irish folk: Lisa O'Neill and Seamus Fogarty; to celebrated Australian classical guitarist Craig Ogden performing in the beautiful surrounds of the Factory Performance Space. Cairde SAF have this year collaborated with Brokentalkers in association with Hawk's Well Theatre on a new work Uprooted.


Maggie Nelson in conversation with Sinead Gleeson, in association with Hawk's Well Theatre on Wednesday July 10 at 8pm in the Hawk's Well Theatre. Tickets €15.

Maggie Nelson is an award winning poet, critic, scholar and non-fiction writer. Her work forges a new mode of nonfiction that transcends the divide between the personal and the intellectual and renders pressing issues of our time into portraits of day-to-day lived experience. Nelson's works of non-fiction are grounded in experiences and topics of pressing interest to her and our times. She invites the reader into her process of thinking through and making sense of her unique concerns with the help of feminist and queer theory, cultural and art criticism, philosophy and psychology. She is the author of nine books, including the National Book Critics Circle Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Argonauts (2015). This is Maggie Nelson's first ever Irish appearance.

Brokentalkers 'Uprooted' in collaboration with Hawk's Well Theatre from Thursday July 11 - Saturday July 13 Thursday and Friday at 8pm Saturday at 1pm at theHawk's Well Theatre. Tickets €12, Concession €7.

Developed and performed by a culturally diverse group of community performers living in Sligo and based on their personal experiences Uprooted explores the experiences of new communities in Ireland.

The piece explores in a darkly comic way the notion of acceptability and how newcomers to Ireland can experience varying degrees of acceptance depending on where they have come from and how they assimilate to a new culture by abandoning their own.

Taking the form of a competition to decide who is acceptable, Uprooted explores prejudices and asks what we are afraid of.

Brokentalkers is "one of Ireland's most fearless and path-breaking theatre companies". They devise original, accessible live performance using collaborative processes that draw on the skills and experiences of contributors. They collaborate with communities to produce works of artistic excellence as well as providing quality arts experiences for participants.

Funded by The Arts Council of Ireland, with support from MSLETB and Creative Ireland

Lisa O'Neill & Seamus Fogarty on Saturday July 13 at 8pm in the Hawk's Well.

Tickets €18 / €9 U18's with Go See

Two of Ireland's most distinctive voices join forces for a double bill promising an evening of rich and compelling original music.

Lisa O'Neill from County Cavan is an Irish songwriter like no other. Her roots may be sourced in folk and traditional music but her work opens up a landscape beyond any settled sense of genre. On her last album, Pothole in the Sky, she set her remarkable incisive voice against impressionistic instrumental back-drops, like Margaret Barry colluding with the Dirty Three or some such meeting of minds. Lisa is not shy of collaboration, and her performances across Ireland, Europe and beyond have featured many great musicians of all ages and traditions.

Originally from County Mayo, Seamus Fogarty now resides in London, and the capital provides the canvas for his latest album The Curious Hand. Fogarty's method of lifting sounds wholesale from his environment and tucking them into the folds of his songs like keepsakes, renders himself at once, artist and archivist as well as twisting the notion of the folk singer's role as collector and custodian of stories, traditions and cultural curio. Fogarty will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Emma Smith.

Craig Ogden on Thursday July 11 at 9pm in The Factory Performance Space.

Tickets €16 / €8 Under 18's

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. In 2004, he became the youngest instrumentalist to receive a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

One of the UK's most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim.

Craig Ogden has performed concertos with many of the world's leading orchestras. In recent seasons he has performed with the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, WDR Rundfunk Orchestra (Cologne) and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark). In December 2015, Craig was asked at short notice to step in for Milo Karadaglic to perform a series of concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at major UK concert halls and again in winter 2016 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra, both tours receiving critical acclaim. This season Craig performs concertos with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Hallé, London Philharmonic, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Spanish Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra (Spain). Craig enjoys performing new works for guitar and gave the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Andy Scott with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester in November 2017. He gave the Australian premiere in Perth in September 2018.

Craig Ogden regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with many of the UK's top artists and ensembles. Craig has been invited by John Williams to perform with him at venues including London's Globe Theatre, where he returned for a music and poetry performance with actress Meera Syal. Craig performed as part of the Michael Tippett concert series at Wigmore Hall and returned there with the Nash Ensemble. In July 2017, Craig performed chamber music concerts at the Australian Chamber Music Festival at the invitation of Piers Lane. Craig has presented programmes for BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

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