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Nov 5, 2013

Lumiere – Sweet Sound of Home

Sunday evening is the new Saturday night! Well, for me and the Bloke anyway. All I had to do was turn up and be fed. Himself had cooked up a Mexican bonanza of Quorn chilli, refried beans, rice and tacos. Bung on guacamole, cheese, jalapenos, Greek yogurt (great alternative to sour cream), salsa and salad and you’ve got a belly full of yum. Dessert was Lumiere at the Workmans Club. And how sweet it was.

Lumiere are Pauline Scanlon and Eilish Kennedy, two trad singers from Dingle, Co. Kerry. Together, their voices form a beautiful union, earthy and ethereal at the same time. What I love about the Workmans Club, is that it’s the perfect venue for plain good entertainment. A stage, some higgledy piggledy chairs and a few simple lights. They have mirror balls on the ceiling, but Lumiere need no fuss.

We missed The Damien O’Kane Trio, due to our pie eating contest, but there would be more from them later. Pauline and Eilish shared the stage with musician Gerry O’Beirne on the acoustic. I hadn’t seen Lumiere live before, and I must admit I was instantly uplifted by their singing. The whole room was captivated. There’s something about the Gaeilge that, as an Irish person, touches your very soul.

Pauline and Eilish, like two strings on the same instrument gave a rousing rendition of “Oro se de Bheatha Abhaile”. And what haunting ballads from their new album “My Dearest Dear”. Joking and quipping all the while, Lumiere connected with their audience on many levels. It was like we were all down in the snug of a wee pub in Dingle. Such fun! Gerry O’Beirne, a pure character himself, sang too.

If every gig Lumiere do is like this, then I can see why they are so loved. “Who Knows Where The Time Goes” was another stunning number (Sinead O’Connor sings on the album) and “Samhradh” was a fave of mine. The girls were joined on stage by The Dermot O’Kane Trio. A jangle of guitars and a ukelele were married with their twin voices, with plenty of banter in between. A real down home vibe.

Chatting to Pauline and Eilish afterwards, they told me next stop was Kerry. That night. Touring the country is hard work, but the glamour is in their exquisite sound. Pauline added that the joy is in seeing the audience reaction. Lumiere are looking forward to a happy Christmas with their upcoming US tour. Me and the Bloke then hit the Garage Bar for a spot of moonstomping. Variety is the spice of life! / The Workmans Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Jun 12, 2012

The Night Town Project – Dublin in Darkness

Who knew poetry could be so cool? Not me! But that was before I went to see The Night Town Project at The Workman’s Club last week. Part of the Dublin Writers Festival, the idea was a meeting of music, photography and poetry – the twist being that much of the recital was as Gaeilge. I parked myself front of stage in the blood red room, not sure what to expect, but excited by the buzz.

First off was a bilingual intro from Liam Carson, Director of the IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival and the charismatic curator of this event . The multi media project celebrates the city at night, using live music and imagery as inspiration and backdrop to four poets. The photographs by Mark Granier and Jim Berkeley were transformed into beautiful on screen projections by Margaret Lonergan.

Sean Mac Erlaine took to his brass to compliment the reading by Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh, a witty young poet from Tralee. Ailbhe interspersed her work with stories of her love for urban life and gave us an insight into a country girl’s impression of Dublin. Her soft lulling “An Gaeilgeoir Deireanach” was truly enchanting and funny too, a breath of fresh air on a close city night.

I must say I was surprised at my own grasp of the mother tongue and Ailbhe reminded me of what a poetic language Irish is, even for those who only have the cupla focal. Peter Sirr gave a rousing rendition of his work, reading in his matter of fact manner. His description of the city gentle with energy hit a note with me as he spoke of the personality of this great little town of ours.

Gabriel Rosenstock infused mystery to the night by reading from just beyond the stage, and it worked brilliantly in the vaudevillian romance of The Workman’s Club. There’s something wonderfully heady about that room, but filled with the acoustics of his words it was intoxicating… Rosenstock’s Gaelic lilt was the perfect setting for his beautiful poetry, gra weaved into every word.

A solo musical interlude from Sean Mac Erlaine sealed the mood, followed by a single reading from Mark Granier. I really was in my element and so glad to experience the city through all these unique observations. The night finished on a high with Colm Keegan, All Ireland Poetry Slam Champion 2011. An earthy Dub, Keegan brought us the underground dimension to city life.

With his native Clondalkin accent, Keegan was a departure from the other poets and in his gritty words he created a darker Dublin. But Keegan injected his own brand of humour in between his stories of young lads in trouble and nights on the edge. His first collection “Don’t Go There” has just been published. If you haven’t read poetry since school, then buy this book! / The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2