Tiernan night of storytelling and comedy to be festival highlight

COMEDY genius Tommy Tiernan will stage a unique night of storytelling and comedy in one of the highlights of an arts festival in west Cork.

Organisers of the Skibbereen Arts Festival, which runs from July 18 to August 1, confirmed that the multi-award winning comic will take to the Town Hall stage on Friday July 30 to tell folk tales, parables and myth all mixed in with his own flights of fancy.

They have also lined up a series of film and sound events comprising the enchanted works of Guillaume Beauron, Kevin Brew and The Quiet Club.

And one of the world’s most respected nature sound recordists, Chris Watson, will present his work, entitled At the ends of the Earth, in the atmospheric Abbeystrewry Church.

Watson is David Attenborough’s sound recordist. Earlier this year, he travelled to the North Pole and the Antarctic to record sounds for the TV series, The Frozen Planet.

Audiences at the Skibbereen Arts Festival will see Watson in conversation with RTÉ radio producer Kevin Brew to discuss the sounds, silences and unique atmosphere found at the planet’s poles. He will also deliver a special two-day sound recording course.

Earlier that day, sound art improvisations group, The Quiet Club, will present a show in the church.

The Science of Flann O’Brien will be performed in Abbeystrewry Hall on Tuesday July 25 where DCU Chemistry Professor Dermot Diamond and actor Fergus Cronin will prize his remarkable world open.

The Gare St Lazare Players Ireland will also stage Herman Melville’s great American novel, Moby Dick, in Baltimore Community Hall, featuring a one-man performance by Conor Lovett, with original music by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on fiddle, viola and uileann pipes. This event is a fundraiser for the COPE foundation.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra will perform and Steve Cooney and Mairtín O’Connor will perform a special tribute concert to the renowned music collector, Canon James Goodman.

The festival will culminate on July 31 with the fourth Cork X Southwest concert featuring Martha Wainright, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Hothouse Flowers, The Frank and Walters, Mick Flannery, John Spillane, and others.

Full details: www.skibbereenartsfestival.com.


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