Oct 1st, The Martello, 8pm

Celebration of the work of Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot on his 80th birthday.

Gordon Lightfoot is undoubtedly Canada’s greatest songwriter. Internationally he is credited with being a huge influence in defining the folk-pop sound of the 60’s and 70’s. He is a folk-rock legend. Bob Dylan has acknowledged him as his favourite song writer.
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Wicklow based singers/guitarists Brian Whelan and John Hutchings will pay tribute to Gordon Lightfoot with their interpretation of some of his best songs.

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The Shed Poets Society
In the property world ” Location ” we are told is the magic word .
In the realm of poetry it could be just as important . Once I visited the Poets’ Shed perched as it is on a clifftop ledge overlooking Killiney Bay . Here is this idyllic location the poets meet each week to write and read their poetry , to polish and perfect it.
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Deirdre Maher Ridgway is a photographer from Bray.
Photography is definitely my passion. I find myself taking at least a few photos every day.
As a child, I used to love going to my grandparents’ house, digging out the old box brownie cameras from the shoe press and playing photographer. But the lens never seemed to move to the way I wanted. When you moved the camera right the image seemed to move to the left and vice versa, much to my frustration. However, this knowledge came in handy in my adult years, using a square format camera. I was fortunate enough to have studied analogue photography in IADT a few moons ago. The darkroom was always the place I wanted to be. Processing the latest roll of film, then seeing my images appear before my eyes. Pure magic, and dare I say, nearly a lost art.
But, photography took a back seat, when I started my family. Once my children had grown up, and I decided to go back to work, it was easier to find jobs in other fields. Plus, digital photography had become the new master. It’s so easy now for people to take photos with little or no skill; you can take as many as you like with no cost and easily edit them to near perfection.
I am slowly, but surely picking up the camera again in a professional capacity and I am really looking forward to my photographic renaissance. Photography gives me a creative freedom that I struggle to get from any other source.

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Sept 3rd Mon Brayarts @ The Martello 8pm

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RetroFix….. “A bunch of highbrow savages..” aptly described by our original drummer and poet, Kenny Doran. The band revel in this perceptive one-liner that sums up the band’s broad spread of talents and influences.

Fancy grooving to some 60s jazz? Or how about some American surf rock? Some classic soul anyone? Or some 70s funk? Maybe even some Reggae for the craic. Retrofix has all this and more.

The members of RetroFix hail from a variety of musical and artistic backgrounds… jazz, rock, electronic, modern classical composing, poetry, visual arts, traditional, drama, brass band, punk, funk, swing, and even conducting, making for an unusual and refreshing meeting of minds, and a very interesting collective creative space.

This 7 piece ensemble doesn’t hold back and is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Playing an eclectic mix of original material as well as a few jazzy/funky/soul and bossa classics, Retrofix will take you away to a completely different era (possibly a completely different planet). Music that makes you want to dance/jive/twist/bop/shout/boogie/spin/shake a leg/get down/get up again… you won’t be able to stay seated!

RetroFix’s live performance lights up as the band takes obvious pleasure in bringing their own unique style to the stage, with their unusual take on quirky classics, and an ever- growing collection of original music. Come one, come all to the vintage music savour!

Check out our most recent music video for our original song “Highbrow Savages” on YouTube.

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