March 2018 Showcase

Kevin Mc Adam is an electronic musician based in Monaghan town who uses a selection of various synthesizers, samplers and sequencers as well as experimental components of field recordings, analog tape and acoustic instruments, to compose music that draws on a diverse range of influences. His music incorporates elements of underground techno, hip hop & tuntablism, punk and funk with tones of film score and music concrète style experimentation. He enjoys exploring the dynamics between melodic ambient atmospheres and abrasive groove oriented rhythms. Lately Kevin has been working with DIY & home made equipment and hopes to feature some of these ideas in his performance at this months Monaghan Arts Network show case.

A native of Holland Wendy Boonstra has well and truly now made Monaghan her home. An antique fanatic, Wendy is also very much driven by nature and the changing seasons. Her beautiful wreaths reflect her love of ‘Art in Nature’ and are never run of the mill. In fact they are anything but, often having an array of ‘lost and found’ objects within the arrangement! Wendy will give a demonstration of seasonal wreath making at the Showcase and will also have a number of spring/summer wreaths on display, with unusual floral displays.

Wendy will also be giving ideas on how to make the most out of a simple bunch of flowers. Getting the most from your display and the use of different containers.

 Patrick McDonald, or Packie McDonald also known by many as Packie Mo – a nickname he picked up many years ago like so many monaghan people has been bread and buttered in Monaghan. It has always been his home and always will be. Packie left school when he was 12 years old and has never looked back. Being a student in the 60s with dyslexia was very hard to deal with and Packie also had to cope with the stigma that went with it. He went on to work for 24 years with the Urban Council. He was brought up listening to Irish ballads and trad music and started playing the banjo in the early 80s in a folk group called Shamrock Shore. His early musical influences were the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and The Dubliners, The Fureys and Davey Arthur and of course Christy Moore. It was in those early years that he started to write songs and in 2013 released his debut album, of original country folk songs entitled ‘Highway of my Heart’. He is planning to record a second a;bum later this year. Packie is no stranger to the stage and has been playing a resident gig one night a week in Monaghan since the mid 80s. For the past 3 years he has been a proud member of Moposogs (Monaghan Poets and Song Writers Group) and States he has never been so happy. He has performed on Irish TV and has also played live on the Charlie McGettigan show (The Saturday Conection) along with other members of Moposogs. Packie reckons joining Moposogs was the best thing he has ever done as he is constantly inspired by this talented group of people.

 Dara McCluskey is an award-winning film-maker from Monaghan who specialises in documenting the arts.

His films include; Blood Relations about the life of Butcher Boy writer Pat McCabe (RTE, Celtic Media Festival Best Arts Documentary 2009, Irish Times Pick of the Year 2009); Death In The Fields about Clones playwright and novelist Eugene McCabe (RTE, ‘Riveting’ – Sunday Times); The Odd Couple about Blayney theatrical twins Tommy and John McArdle (TG4); Power Plays about Irish theatre and politics with Fintan O’Toole, Garry Hynes, Sean McGinley, Tom Murphy, Sebastian Barry, Marina Carr, Marie Mullen and Robert Sheehan. (RTE, ‘A model of robust arts programming’ Irish Independent.)

Monaghan Gothic tells how the style of the great European cathedrals came to Monaghan in the Middle Ages and has been shaping our landscape ever since.