Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The Banter re-up

BIg thanks to last night’s Banter panelists Gerry Godley (Improvised Music Company director and Lyric FM presenter), Sophie Gorman (Irish Independent Day & Night and Arts Editor) and Richard Seabrooke (Offset Festival co-founder and creative director at Dynamo) and an …

Thu, Dec 16, 2010, 10:03

   

BIg thanks to last night’s Banter panelists Gerry Godley (Improvised Music Company director and Lyric FM presenter), Sophie Gorman (Irish Independent Day & Night and Arts Editor) and Richard Seabrooke (Offset Festival co-founder and creative director at Dynamo) and an up-for-it audience for what turned out to be a very lively and thought-provoking discussion.

It set out as a review of 2010 and preview of 2011 and, like a blog post, quickly morphed into a long, intriguing, very twisty free-for-all discussion which covered the Rubberbandits, Fianna Fail, the Arts Council, the rise of Irish counter-culture, civic duty seven-and-a-half-hour Polish plays, alternatve spaces, collectivism, happy emigrants, education, AIB bonuses, trade unions, protest marches, reform and a couple of dozen other topics as well. Hugely entertaining fare with only one mention of “going forward” (Richard was the guilty party). And yes, before you ask, there will be a podcast.

The next Banter will be a food-themed one on January 27 and we have a couple of other potentially lively Banters to come in 2011 so watch this space for more details.

Big, big, big thanks to everyone who made this run of Banter the best yet, especially Eoin, Dave, Conor, Trev and all at the Twisted Pepper/Bodytonic Music, Matt, Laura and the folks at Thinkhouse PR and the good people at Barry’s Tea for the refreshments.

For now, here’s the podcast from the Banter discussion on Publishing 2020 from November. A lot of people have asked me about this discussion so here’s your chance to catch up with it if you weren’t there on the night. Those who are new to Banter can find out what what all the fuss is about by having a listen. If you like it, mark January 27 in their new diaries. If you don’t like it, well, you probably don’t have a horse outside either.

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