Listening Party: Nocturnes 'The Soft Animal'

The nice thing about being somewhat involved in a label is getting sneak previews of upcoming releases. I've been listening to the new album from Pearse McGloughlin's new project Nocturnes (a collaboration with Enda Roche) for a few weeks now, called 'The Soft Animal'. The songs are sparse and warm and haunting, and the whole record hangs together as a unified 'piece', as proper albums should. It's a beautiful record, thanks in no small part to the production skills of Sacred Animals' Darragh Nolan.

The album will be released on July 29th on Bluestack Records and Urchin Music. See Pearse's website, here, for more info, including upcoming live shows.

Pearse held a listening party in Homebeat's bright-and-airy homeground café Thirty Four (on Lennox St) last night for a small gathering of friends and friends-of-friends; here is a selection of shots from the evening.

Friday Night Social - November Edition

Last Friday was probably our busiest Social yet. Welsh artist and activist Tracey Moberly gave an hour-long talk about her career and experiences thus far, inspiring the audience with footage and photographs from her often tongue-in-cheek campaigns (for example, she's raced barbie cars outside the Saudi embassy in London to protest the Saudi women's driving ban). She's currently training for an expedition to the Pole of Inaccessibility (!) in the Arctic. It was brilliant to get the opportunity to meet Tracey, and for a small Sligo crowd to hear about her experiences.

After Tracey's talk, new film-and-discussion group Hidden Channel launched in The Model's Education Room with their first screening, Ladislas Starevich's 'Fétiche Mascot' (Duffy the Mascot, 1934), a Russian stop-motion masterpiece about a little marionette puppy that comes alive. (It was surprisingly un-creepy.) As ever, The Model Café served up plenty of tasty food options throughout the evening and the folks at Vinyl Culture kept the music going.


Something new to do with a few of your Fridays: Friday Night Social at The Model, Sligo.

Culture is important. It belongs to everyone. Myself and a couple of likeminded individuals want to bring people together to think about it, talk about it and even experience a bit of it in person, with other people, in the best cultural space Sligo has to offer. So, together with the good people at Bluestack Records and Starling Digital, I'm helping to put together a little social experiment in The Model, once a month, on the last Friday, from 5pm-8pm. 

Here's how the first one went (photos by Yours Truly):

If all that culture stuff sounds a bit weighty for a Friday evening, you could always just sit back, relax and enjoy some great music, thought-provoking film and tasty food.  Our next event is on Friday June 27th. If you can't make it but you like the cut of our collective jib, 'like' Friday Night Social on FB or follow us on @FriSocialSligo on Twitter.

Do join us if you can.

Ealaín Bia @ The Donegal Craft Village, Summer 2013

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These are some more images from Ealaín Bia, a brilliant culinary and cultural event run by 3 recent graduates of DIT’s Culinary Arts degree in the Craft Village, Donegal Town this summer. A top-class 4-course meal of locally-sourced, ethically-produced food was interspersed with bilingual poetry, original music and even some storytelling from the local seanchaí.

Ireland’s towns could benefit from more events like these.