Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Speakeasy Jazz returns to Shannon Rowing Club this Thursday

SHANNON ROWING Club has been creating a mini-revolution in recent months, playing host to the charming Speakeasy Jazz soirees that are calling the venue home. This Thursday Speakeasy are back with a very special October gig, details of which are in the article below.
THE POPULAR ‘Speakeasy Jazz’ night, held every month in Shannon Rowing Club, is to experiment with an exciting collaboration this week as poetry meets jazz for an innovative venture.
Speakeasy have hosted regular nights over the past couple of months, successfully bringing the best in local jazz to Limerick audiences.
For their October gig, taking place this Thursday, the organisers are to present an exciting collaboration between local poets, the finest local jazz musicians, all accompanied by some arresting visual art.
The Space Modulator Trio of Bart Kiely, Peter Hanagan and Dave Irwin will join forces with three of Limerick's finest poets, Ciaran O'Driscoll, Mark Wheelan and Peadar Clancy, while this exciting collaboration will be accompanied by some amazing visual art in the form of 'Tryptich' by Alexis Clancy.
“It promises to be an interesting evening,” laughed organiser Niamh McNamara this Tuesday. “The whole idea behind the Speakeasy Jazz nights was to promote Limerick artists and to encourage collaboration between them and get people together to create new art,” explained Niamh.
“The Cuisle International Poetry Festival is on this week so we thought jazz and poetry would go very well together - traditionally jazz and poetry complement each other; jazz can really go with any art form and we are inviting artists to use our space as a forum for collaboration.”
The Space Modulator Trio is made up of a trio of well-known local musicians in Hanagan, Irwin and Kiely, but they rarely - if ever - play together, making this a unique occasion.
“They are well-known around town but don’t often play together, so it should be interesting. They will be improvising the music themselves, which will fit perfectly with the poetry - they will have to find the tone within the poems themselves so it should be interesting,” said Niamh.
Well known local actor Norma Lowney will also perform on the night, accompanied by Sarah Lynch on DJ-duties, while House/Jazz musician and DJ Peter Burns will finish out the evening in style.
Speakeasy also have a solid line-up of gigs stretching into the New Year, so keep an eye on the Limerick Chronicle for updates.
The October ‘Speakeasy Jazz’ night takes place this Thursday, October 15 in Shannon Rowing Club, with doors opening around 9pm.

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