2021 will see the inaugural arrival of Guitartown’s first outdoor cinema, transforming Emmet Square briefly and safely into a theatre of dreams.
On Friday 17th of September in association with Culture night and for three other screenings suitable for all ages on Saturday 18th we will screen performances exclusively filmed for CIGF21 at iconic locations throughout our town as well as performances from Scoil na mBuachailli’s Scoilavision 21, a series of curated performances from Shanley’s famous piano bar and the world premiere of a new concert film recorded in Clonakilty by Ireland’s top music documentarian, Myles O’Reilly.
Through the Guitartown Cinema we hope to in some way re-create the communal benefits that shared musical experiences give us but in a safe and controlled environment.
WELCOME TO MOVIETOWN!
But Before the curtain raises …please remember to follow all current Government Health and Safety Guidelines, which can be found HERE! .
Our lovely stewards will be on hand to offer help and instruction during this event. Also please don’t leave any rubbish behind you and definitely DON’T share your popcorn with strangers. We want to leave our park and our community as healthy as we found it!
And needless to say please do not attend any events if you are displaying any Covid symptoms. A list of covid symptoms can be found here: HERE!
Virtual Premiere – Broadcast as part of Guitatown Cinema – Programmes, 1, 2, 3, 4
Myles O’Reilly is a musician, composer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland.
Since first lifting a camera in 2010, multi tasking O’Reilly has filmed, directed and edited over 100 music video promo’s and 20+ music documentaries of Irish musicians at home and abroad, some of which include Glen Hansard, Villagers, Imelda May, Lisa O’Neill, Ye Vagabonds, Sinead O’Connor and Lisa Hannigan alongside other International artists such as Hollywood sound track virtuoso Ernst Reijseger, Icelandic artists Soléy, Múm and Amiina, US soul phenomenon Janelle Monea and UK folk trio The Staves.
Early life as a working musician began for Myles in 2003 with the band Juno Falls. Signed for two albums by Sony UK and then V2 records, Juno Falls disbanded in 2010. Ten years later and in a global pandemic lockdown, Myles returned to making music and has since composed, recorded and released a plethora of works in the ‘ambient’ music genre under the moniker [IndistinctChatter].
Since beginning a Patreon account in 2018 enabling followers to fund his film projects, O’Reilly’s camera lens is increasingly more focused on discovering and supporting little-known emerging artists, to help “represent some of the most talented but hard to pigeonhole musical visionaries in Ireland today”. Now almost a full time vocation, his efforts to seek out and endorse new music extends to the curation of an annual rising-artist stage at the renown Body&Soul festival, and the production of a critically acclaimed web series This Ain’t No Disco, co-created with eminent Irish broadcaster Donal Dineen of ‘No Disco’ fame.
VIRTUAL PREMIERE – Broadcast at GuitarTown Cinema Programme 1 – see timetable for full details
From the US and Ireland, Lonely and The Moose are Liz Clark and Tessa Perry.
Liz Clark, who grew up in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, is known for her charismatic stage presence and poetic rock songs. She has 3 studio albums under her belt and just finished recording a 4th album a collaboration with Tessa Perry. On top of her busy touring schedule throughout the States and Europe, she also has her songs placed on television programs across the US on MTV reality shows and her single
Who’s Your Angel went to the Top 10 music video on MTV’s LOGO channel.
Joining the Liz to promote the new record they just finished recording together is Tessa Perry from West Cork, Ireland. Tessa has been performing for years making a name for herself in England and Ireland and even New York City with her soft and beautiful vocals and honest and heart felt lyrics. She has spent time sharing the stage with Ani Difranco, The Corrs, The Hothouse Flowers, and Damien Rice.
Formerly known as nicetry, of all living things is a four piece Dublin based band. Inspired by nostalgia and memories of youth, the sound is reminiscent of 90’s alternative music, with textured guitars complementing delicate female vocals.
Following their debut single release last year, of all living things will be releasing a 4 track EP late October 2021, recorded with Ber Quinn at Sonic Studios in Stoneybatter, Dublin. The first single off the EP, ‘If I Go’ will be released on the 27th August, followed by vinyl release under Any Other City Records in Autumn.
John Francis Flynn is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland.
He is a founding member of the band Skipper’s Alley, with whom he has toured extensively throughout Europe and America. While supporting Lankum on their 2019 UK tour he caught the eye of Geoff Travis and Jeanette Lee who quickly signed John to Rough Trade imprint label, River Lea. River Lea will release John’s debut album “I Would Not Live Always” in Spring 2021.
Produced by highly regarded producer, Brendan Jenkinson, this release looks to continue where River Lea last left off; highlighting the enormous talent hidden away in the corners of Ireland’s folk scene.
“Human experience burns ferociously on this extraordinary debut from the uncompromising Irish artist John Francis Flynn. An extraordinary debut” The Guardian
“Double Tin Whistle and Tape-Loops. Revelatory new takes on English and Irish folk songs in the manner of Sam Amidon. A singular and striking clarity of vision” Uncut Magazine
4pm // Spiller’s Lane // September 17 (Free outdoor show)
The Socially-Distant (but emotionally-close) Orchestrais an interactive walkabout performance piece where the serious-musicians will hand the baton over to anyone who will wave it… for better or for worse!
Little John Nee is a writer/performer based in Co. Galway in the west of Ireland. A prolific creator of work for theatre he was recently elected to Aosdána (established by the Irish Arts Council in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland)
His style of storytelling theatre with music has won him international recognition and his play “Sparkplug” won an Irish Times Theatre Award for his sound design while the RTE radio version won a Special Mention Prize at the Prix Italia 2013.
He has recently published a book of Haiku “The Apocalypse came on a Friday” and previously his “A Donegal Trilogy” was published by An Grianan Theatre. He has released an album of songs from his theatre shows recorded with The Caledonia Highly strung Orchestra. “Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta”
Little John Nee has been commissioned to write plays for Barabbas Theatre Company, Axis Ballymun, Scottish Touring Theatre Consortium, An Grianan Theatre, Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal Co. Council, Leitrim Co. Council, children’s plays for Galway Arts Festival and a radio play for RTE Radio Drama on One.
John Spillane is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet and dreamer. Rooted in people, place and story, his music transports the listener and his live performances captivate audiences around the world. After 20 years, in April John released his first independent release; 100 Snow White Horses.
Inspired by his travels around Ireland, these new songs are full of poetry, Irish mythology and wonder. 100 Snow White Horses is John’s first independent album in 20 years.
Recorded in London with producer John Reynolds and singer Pauline Scanlon; the trio have previously worked together on John’s albums Hey Dreamer (2005), The Gaelic Hit Factory (2006) and My Dark Rosaleen and the Island of Dreams (2008).
“After 10 years and many adventures we are combining our skills and painting this, our masterpiece.” – John Spillane
100 Snow White horses was released on April 2nd 2021.
In addition, John will lead one of his legendary songwriting workshops tickets for that are available here
Broadcast as part of Guitartown cinema – see timetable for full details
From the foggy apprehension of ‘Taking The Wheel’ to the golden wanderlust of “Far Away The Hills Are Green’, the songwriting duo of Laura Quirke (Lemoncello) and Joshua Burnside bares beautiful, imagery laden folk music. Their partnership culminates on the release of their EP ‘In The Half-light’.
A diverse four track record that explores the tension between longing for a better life and accepting the here and now. The faces and stories they conjure through their spellbinding mix of alternative music, found sounds, and Irish folk are universal, thrust into the world in search of an escape from the confinement of their realities.
Pitching between the sublime and the strained, ‘In The Half-light’ is powered by the traditions of Americana and Irish folk but has its eyes fixed squarely upon new horizons. Gently rambling through the Californian vistas or rainswept back roads, Burnside and Quirke’s songwriting transports you into the same unknowns as their dramatis personae. And no track symbolises this more than the release’s lead single ‘Rana The Fortunate’, the duet that inspired the partnership.