August 2016 Showcase

This month at the Monaghan Arts Network Showcase event in the Market House Monaghan on Wednesday 31st of August at 7.30pm we have:


Drumully Irish Arts:  Ann McKenna and Robert Tull


Ann Mc Kenna (“Emerald Isle Bouquets”) Ann

Ann hails from Drumully, Emyvale.  She has always been interested in arts and crafts and joined the Spectrum art group (local art group workshop) in 1999. Over the years with Spectrum, she has worked with such mediums as oils, watercolours and Gouache.   She has always loved to learn new skills and has recently taught herself making brooch bridal bouquets. She wanted brides to be able to keep their bouquets as a keepsake or to use as a family heirloom.


Robert Tull 14117833_973016326157442_912635638181213728_n

Originally from Hampshire England, Robert moved to Derry five years ago for the love of a Monaghan women. Robert’s first camera was a Christmas gift when he was 13 years old. Originally he would develop and process his own black and white film and print. Today his photographs are an eclectic range of subjects using a variety of cameras from phone to DSLR. Robert try’s to find humour or oddness to each subject. He also tries to find messages and meanings in the mundane.

Michael Glass Micheal

Michael is a singer songwriter from Monaghan. He began his music career as a guitarist in a local rock and roll group.  They enjoyed playing in various venues across Monaghan. After these band members went their separate ways, Michael began to write and perform his own music. Since leaving Monaghan,  Michael has been living and performing in London.  Michael is fan of various different sounds and performers ranging from Paolo Nutini to Sting. These have influenced his music in a variety of different and interesting ways. Some of the songs that he will perform in the Market house will be his most recent work and have been written and arranged by himself and Michael Mc Kenna.

Ruairí Crawley Ruairi

Ruairí is a Graphic designer currently studying Visual Communications design in IADT Dun Laoghaire.  His course covers areas such as graphic design, 3D spatial design, motion graphics, image making, screen printing, web design, book design, and much more.

His reason for pursuing this course and career choice was down to his visual mind and how he wanted to express it. Design allows him to communicate this as he makes visual content easier to read, understand and use.

There’s a lot more to design than what people think. It surrounds us from the moment we wake up until we go to bed. What really intrigues him about Graphic design is how it informs and assists us in almost everything we do.

Ruairí has worked from screen to print to environmental design to successfully negotiate any media to find solutions to diverse and complex problems. As well as college projects he has completed independent commissions and has also worked with Universal graphics and PH7 design where he has completed many local projects.

Ruairí has worked independently and collaboratively on projects and this is what he will be discussing at the showcase.

Patricia Vallely 14089295_975330359259372_3335280225080998826_n

From Derrynoose in Co. Armagh, Patricia and has been playing and singing traditional/folk music & song since childhood.  She and all her siblings were encouraged to sing from an early age by her parents Pete and Kathleen.  Her father Pete was a well-known singer and was by far her greatest influence in both style and repertoire.  In the late ’70s and ’80s, Patricia learned to play tin whistle and fiddle at Armagh Pipers Club, where she performed with various groups during her teenage years. She still has close links with the club, having performed recently at their 50th anniversary concert which will be televised on BBC later this year.

Throughout most of the 1990’s Patricia played and toured extensively with Monaghan based trad/folk group  ‘ReelTo Reel’  with which she recorded two albums  singing many of the songs she is best known for,  such as  ‘Song for Ireland’, ‘The Banks of The Callen” and  ‘Shannagolden’.

Patricia has been teaching traditional music and song in schools and evening classes throughout counties Armagh and Monaghan for over 25 years with success at provincial and all Ireland levels.  Some of her pupils have gone on to perform and teach music professionally.  She continues to play and sing at sessions, events and festivals throughout Ireland and abroad and enjoys passing on the tradition to her daughter Meabh and hundreds of children on a weekly basis through her lessons.


All hosted by resident MC and comedian Lorcan McGrane, (BBC Ulster, Live at the Sunflower)
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