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Listen: Drinking In America on KCLR

Drinking In America

Drinking In America lands in the theatre for Thursday 19 October and producer/performer Liam O’Brien chatted to KCLR today about the show, visiting Kilkenny as part of its national tour for the autumn.

Tickets will be available on the door this evening for an 8pm start.

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Duke Special performs this October Bank Holiday weekend

Duke Special

The eminent Belfast poet Michael Longley was once described by his friend Seamus Heaney as ‘a keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders’. Duke Special’s new studio album Hallow is entirely based on the poetry of Longley, full of gentleness, honesty, mischief and love, and peppered with a cast of artists, animals, flowers, friends and long forgotten soldiers. As ever, Duke Special is mining a new seam of inspiration, always trying to get to the bottom of what it means to be human.

Commissioned by the Strollers Touring Network, Duke Special performs here on Saturday 28 October. His new album, Hallow, is out this Friday.

By nature Duke Special is a curious person. He is curious about theatre, books, music, poetry, art, love, life, redemption, death, 78RPM records and most recently, gardening! All of this is evidenced by his releases which are a map of his passions. These days recording a new album is a tricky enough endeavour and many artists are reliant on their fans to collaborate with them in order to make a new recording happen. Duke has been writing for the past year and has just recently started recording Hallow, but is now asking his fans to pre-order Hallow in order to fund the last bit of the process.

Duke has set up a website called Advocate (www.advocateduke.com) where fans can pre-order the album in their preferred format: CD, vinyl or digital download. There will be a limited run of exclusive signed and numbered CD and vinyl releases which are only available on pre-order.

Every pre-order on all formats will include a special ADVOCATE PASS which will give you access to exclusive content online through the Advocate website. This will range from behind-the-scenes videos of the recording process and video messages from Duke on how the album is progressing, to snippets of demos and exclusive previews of Hallow.

Fans can see ‘Hallow’ being performed live on Duke Special’s October tour, commissioned by The Strollers Touring Network and he has just added new dates in February 2018 in Belfast, London & Dublin. (Dates and venues below. Check venue websites for ticket details.)

Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’

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Jim Nolan talks about Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye

Jim Nolan

Jim Nolan

Waterford-based playwright and director Jim Nolan is bringing Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye on tour this month and next with the assistance of Garter Lane Theatre.

The show plays here at the Watergate on Wednesday 22 March.

Set in a provincial newspaper office in the Irish Midlands in the run up to Easter 2016, the privately owned Inishshannon Chronicle has just been acquired by a media conglomerate and the new brush is about to sweep clean.

As the newspaper’s staff adjust to radical changes in its structure and ethos, the town it serves prepares to celebrate a tenuous connection to the Easter Rising. The revelation that this connection is not quite what it seems puts the Chronicle’s editor on a collision course with both his new bosses and the local business and political community.

Ahead of the show, Jim spoke to Ken McGuire on KCLR96FM about the impact of the story, the reaction to its debut in 2016 and what exactly Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye is all about.

Take a listen below and book your tickets here before Wednesday night.

https://soundcloud.com/kclr96fm/kclr-drive-jim-nolan-talks-johnny-i-hardly-knew-ye

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Listen: Big Bobby Little Bobby interview with Camille Ross

Big Bobby Little Bobby is on the way on Wednesday 15 February.

Ahead of the show, writer and performer Camille Lucy Ross has been chatting to KCLR about developing the show, audience reactions around the country and much more besides.

Take a listen below and book tickets here when you’re done 🙂

About The Show

‘Big Bobby. Little Bobby’ is a twisted tender comedy; a one woman tour-de-force about keeping your demons sweet. Bobby has shared a bed with Mammy who sleeps in her tights, plays games in the night and guzzles bottles under the stairs. It’s time for Bobby to get out. Alone in the silence of Granny’s old house, Little Bobby appears, filling Bobby’s head with self-loathing, filthy urges and occasionally a push in the right direction. A deliciously dark tale about inner critics, awkward romance and dealing with your dark side. This award-winning show has played sell out runs at Brighton Fringe, First Fortnight & Dublin Fringe.

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