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Hit the northwest: Banter and the Earagail Arts Festival

It’s time for the annual Banter odyssey to Donegal for the Earagail Arts Festival. The EAF was the first place to take a punt on Banter outside of the big smoke and we’re always happy to head back there. Musically, …

Tue, Jul 10, 2012, 09:12

   

It’s time for the annual Banter odyssey to Donegal for the Earagail Arts Festival. The EAF was the first place to take a punt on Banter outside of the big smoke and we’re always happy to head back there.

Musically, there’s a ton of attractions around the county in the coming weeks. Donal Lunny collaborates with Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo at the Balor Arts Centre in Ballybofey on July 11, sublime Malian blues magician Boubacar Traoré plays the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on July 12 and the excellent Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are at the swell Ramelton Town Hall on July 14, with support from Leila Keeney. We Cut Corners play Voodoo in Letterkenny on July 20, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Rónán Ó Snodaigh are at Letterkenny’s Regional Cultural Centre on July 16 and Tucan with the Brass String Ensemble play Ballybofey’s Balor Arts Centre on July 13.

Our Banter outing at EAF this year is as part of the Glebe Cultural Summit, a weekend-long series of conversations and workshops curated by writer, broadcaster and all-round busy bee Sinead Gleeson at the Glebe House and Gallery in Churchill just outside Letterkenny.

Irish Culture and The Way It Might Not Look at You will take a look at how Irish culture has dealt with the move in Irish society from boom to bust and ask a couple of questions. Have Irish cultural practitioners given the current national social and economic troubles a pass? Are Irish artists actually tuned in to the big current national conversations? And did Irish culture have a sneaking regard for the Celtic Tiger years?

Joining me to answer those questions and probably ask a ton more will be film-maker Lenny Abrahamson, performer Little John Nee, Dublin Fringe director Róise Goan and Sinead Gleeson. Proceedings begin at noon on Sunday next July 15 and admission is €8.



Banter guests (clockwise from top left): Little John Nee, Róise Goan, Sinead Gleeson and Lenny Abrahamson