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Banter at the Beatyard

The first Banter sessions of 2010 take place as part of The Beatyard at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1) next Saturday (January 23). The Beatyard is an all-day music expo featuring workshops, panel discussions, a record fair …

Mon, Jan 18, 2010, 11:09

   

The first Banter sessions of 2010 take place as part of The Beatyard at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1) next Saturday (January 23).

The Beatyard is an all-day music expo featuring workshops, panel discussions, a record fair and showcases.

The first Banter session at 3pm is The All-City Story. Nearly ten on years from opening its doors in Dublin’s Temple Bar and having operated out of four different buildings on the same street, All City’s Olan O’Brien charts the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Dublin’s only dedicated hip-hop and graff supplies store. Plus how the shop’s label has evolved to the stage where its “7 x 7″ release with cuts by HudMo, Mike Slott, Onra and friends was one of the must-have compilations of ’09 for beats heads worldwide.

Then, at 4.30pm, it’s In Bloom: Irish Music Now. 2fm DJ Jenny Huston’s book “In Bloom: Irish Rock Now” tracks the current state of Irish rock with profiles of many of the leading players on the scene and we’ll be using this as a jump-off point for an assessment of the current state of Irish rock music. Is the current scene the same as it was in the 1980s and the 1990s? Are all these bands just hometown heroes with little chance of doing anything beyond Ireland? How hard is it for an Irish act to make a living from their music in the 21st century? The discussion will feature Jenny, Nick Kelly from the Irish Independent and myself.

As always, admission to Banter and The Beatyard is free.