Banter’s summer tour heads to Limerick, Letterkenny and Galway
It’s time for Banter to get in the bus and hit the highways and byways. We’ve had an excellent run at our Twisted Pepper HQ over the last six months and ended the season on a high with a packed-to-the-rafters …
It’s time for Banter to get in the bus and hit the highways and byways. We’ve had an excellent run at our Twisted Pepper HQ over the last six months and ended the season on a high with a packed-to-the-rafters Football Special starring Bill O’Herlihy, Brian Kerr and Miguel Delaney (first Banter where al the panelists were mobbed coming offstage). While we’ll return to our Middle Abbey Street digs in September, we’re taking the show on the road in July.
Our first stop will be the Make a Move festival of hip-hop culture in Limerick on Thursday July 5 for Irish Hip-Hop: Got to Get Up to Get Down.
It’s been a busy year for those on the Irish hip-hop beat. Aside from a rattle of new acts and releases to get excited about, there’s also been some long overdue additions for the archive with TV coverage of the scene. That, though, is where the problems begin. Many who have followed Irish hip-hop’s twists and turns over the last 30 years will have issues with RTE’s Ireland’s Rappers documentary. Instead of looking at the scene’s many cultural and social attributes, the documentary took its cues from shows like Dublin’s Housewives and sought cheap reality TV kicks by focusing on colourful characters and anctics. There’s more to Irish hip-hop than that, a whole lot more, and this is where our panel comes in, as we examine where Irish hip-hop is coming from and, just as crucially, where is it going.
The Banter panel who will be assessing the past, present and future of Irish hip-hop are Paul Tarpey (Cheebah), Kieran Nolan (founder of irishhiphop.com), mynameisjOhn and Temper-Mental MissElayneous. Irish Hip-Hop: Got to Get Up to Get Down takes place at the Daghdha Space, St John’s Church, John’s Square, Limerick on Thursday July 5 at 8pm. Admission to the event is free.
Make A Move runs from July 5 to 8 throughout Limerick with events, gigs, workshops, performances, seminars, street art, exhibitions and screenings. Acts taking part in the festival include Lethal Dialect, Hot 8 Brass Band, Ri-Ra & DJ Mek (rare live show featuring both of the Scary Eire men), Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Limerick native B+, Maser, Verz, Poppin John and many more. Full details here.
The next stop on our summer tour is the Earagail Arts Festival on Sunday July 15. We’re big fans of the EAF and it’s always a pleasure to be part of this fantastic festival in the wilds of Donegal.
Irish Culture and the Way It Might Not Look At You has a couple of questions to ask about the current state of the arts and its relationship with the bigger picture. Has Irish culture given the current national social and economic troubles a pass? Are Irish artists tuned in to the big current national conversations? And did Irish culture have a sneaking regard for the Celtic Tiger years?
Answering these questions and others will be Sinead Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson and Little John Nee. Irish Culture and the Way It Might Not Look At You takes place at Glebe House & Gallery, Churchill, Letterkenny, Co Donegal on Sunday July 15 at noon. Admission to the event is €10.
Finally, we’re very happy to bring Banter to the Galway Arts Festival for the very first time on Thursday July 19. It’s going to be a humdinger as we welcome the legendary Nile Rodgers to the Banter hall of fame.
Banter’s Conversation with Nile Rodgers will feature a public interview with the man behind dozens of Chic hits, the producer who worked with everyone from David Bowie to Duran Duran and the author of the fantastic “Le Freak” autobiography. Expect some great yarns, brilliant anecdotes and thought-provoking stories from Nile before he plays with Chic at the Big Top in Fisheries Field that night.
Part of the festival’s First Thought Talks series, Banter’s Conversation with Nile Rodgers takes place at the Hotel Meyrick, Galway on July 19 at 5pm. Admission to the event is free. Other First Thought Talks participants include Mary Robinson, Fintan O’Toole, Alex Ross, John Mahoney, Rondi Reed, Tom Murphy and Garry Hynes.
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