There's an impressive line up of acts have been gathered for this week's Open Door Sessions in Bailieborough – which is fitting for this Culture Night special.
Bailieborough’s free monthly arts and music night is hosting special guests Michael Gallen, Gerry Hodgers, Ollie Gargan, The Giant Wolf Theatre Company, Leona Daly – and the exciting last minute addition Pearly!
The press bumphf on Berlin-based duo Pearly claims they “weave melodic vocals with lush instrumental simpatico to create dreamy music that will soothe your soul”.
Sounds like hype? Well they've been selected for this year's Hard Working Class Heroes showcase festival in The Workman's Club at the end of this month and The Irish Times have claimed they boast a ‘grandeur that most acts can’t reach'.
Meanwhile, Michael Gallen is a singer, songwriter and composer from Co. Monaghan who has written music for some of the country's leading ensembles, including the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. His first solo piano recording (under the moniker Sudden Wells), a project forged while on residency at Cois Tine Soundscapes in Cavan, will be released on the Homebeat label later this year, and 2019 will see the Abbey Theatre performances of dance piece Duet and the premiere of a new opera entitled Elsewhere.
Slane based singer/songwriter Gerry Hodgers’ songs are quiet, reflective and they express many of the everyday emotions we all feel if we just listened a bit longer. This year sees Gerry Hodgers release his debut EP "Song Searching".
Having recently completed a two-year Multimedia course in Cavan Institute, Bailieborough photographer, Ollie Gargan explores many areas of photography, especially landscapes, night time photography, urbex (urban exploration), and much more. Having achieved his Licentiateship from the Irish Photographic Federation in 2018 he aims to receive the next level award – an Associateship in 2019.
Leona Daly is a young Meath Harpist who recently completed her Grade 8 with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is looking forward to college this year where music will no doubt play a part. She plays Church services and private functions around Meath and the surrounding Counties.
Giant Wolf Theatre Company was formed in 2017 by two theatre makers and friends with the aim of creating new, exciting theatre. Their intent is to tell interesting stories and make lovely pieces of art by focussing on real conversations and elegant movements.
Catch this special gathering from 8.30pm on Culture Night, Friday, September 21, in Nixys Bar, The Square, Bailieborough.