July Showcase 2016
This month at the Monaghan Arts Network Showcase event in the Market House Monaghan
on Wednesday 29 July at 7.30pm we have:
Aine Ni Mhaoileoin
Aine lives in Galway and is currently completing an M.A. in Writing at NUIG. She has twice won the Six-Word-Story competition in The Irish Independent and her flash fiction has appeared in Sin, Ad Hoc Fiction and The Galway Review. She is presently working on a number of longer creative projects, with a view to publication.
Angela & Josephine O’Hagan
Sisters Josephine & Angela O’Hagan hail from Clara, North Monaghan. They come from a family singing background & were influenced in their childhood by traditional, unaccompanied singing. They partake in singing clubs in places such as Coonian, Carrickmore & South Derry. They also enjoy playing the fiddle & banjo in various sessions they are invited to. Over the years they have acquired an interest in a much wider genre of music. They particularly enjoy the soul & blues music of the late Ted Hawkins. They attended the International Benicàssim Festival, near Valencia, Spain back in 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed such acts as The Killers, Artic Monkeys & Jake Bugg. They have already purchased their tickets for Black Sabbath, “The Final Tour” for January 2017.
Kevin Mallon was born in Castleblayney but spent 9 years in Florida where he got a Masters in film production. At 27 he shifted his creativity slightly and decided to concentrate full time on painting and the visual arts. He then spent 2 years in London and moved back to Ireland in 2014 where he has come full circle back to his home town. Now 32, Kevin has become renowned for his murals in Castleblayney and beyond. Much of Kevin’s work is large scale spray paint and acrylic in quite ‘trippy’ geometrical pieces. Kevin’s goal when completing his last mural in Castleblayney in 2014 was is to take all of his creative influences over the years and personify them into one supreme being. The results were amazing! For the last 2 years he has been displaying his work at music festivals across the country and further afield, including a live painting event at Phase One Electronic Music Festival in Carrick on Shannon. Kevin was also selected to be the Arts Coordinator for the Irish Decompression this year. He had 2 galleries at both of these events and was also part of a crew of 6 which built an art structure called “The Temple of Sound” at Burning Man in Nevada in 2015.
Dublin born singer songwriter Alex Watson, started playing music with bands in the 1980’s. Now living in County Monaghan Alex still enjoys playing Country, Blues , Rock and even with brass bands. He is a multi instrumentalist playing guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass, keyboards, saxophone and drums. He started song writing in 2011 and joined Monaghan Poets and Songwriters’ Group (also known as Moposogs) in early 2012. His song writing has many influences but American Country / Country Rock are his biggest inspiration. Alex has had his songs played on radio in Ireland, Nashville and in Europe and is currently working on a solo album to be released in the near future. In 2017he will be heading to Nashville to meet some of the contacts he has made through his song writing. Alex also makes custom handmade electric guitars to order for the budding musician and for those looking for that unique customised gift. He has setup a recording studio in Ballybay called Corfad Studio and is also the Bass player in Dara MacGabhann’s Blues Band. He is also currently working with other artists in the studio at present on a number of projects projects. As if that isn’t enough talent Alex is also a keen photographer and can be spotted snapping away at our showcases and at other events around the county. Check out Alex Watson on the links below.