May Showcase 2016

Jennifer Woods

Jennifer Woods

Jennifer is a digital artist with a big interest in animated shows and video games. It was because of these interests she started drawing. Her style of drawing is heavily influenced by Japanese anime. After learning the basics of Photoshop in a multimedia course in Monaghan Institute she found using a computer for art was much more enjoyable. It has even lead her to make short animations as well.

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Rambling Jimmy –(Jimmy McKay)

Jimmy came to Ireland for the first time in 1969 and took an immediate like and passion for County Monaghan in particular on his travels after coming to the then Monaghan/Jazz Blues Festival in 1996. Monaghan is Jimmy’s favourite County in Ireland to live in, and he puts this down to the Monaghan people the craic, the great music, as well as the Monaghan Art scene. After starting busking in the late eighties, Jimmy quickly realised he had stumbled on a skill which put him on the road to become the character and the person that he is. Rambling Jimmy has busked all over Ireland as well as parts of Europe. Jimmy will sing the songs he performs on the street, as well as telling his story, he also has a passion to explain Busking for those who have yet not tried it and will talk of the benefits of being a Busker (Street Performer) now known as Rambling Jimmy.

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Benny Magennis of Whackpack Furniture

Benny saw the pain and misery of the world weary purchasers of Scandinavian self-assembly furniture , stood up and said “No! Death to fiddily bits!” Having studied and lived in London for a number of years, he returned home to embark on a noble Kickstarter quest to launch his hand crafted and beautifully simple “Whackpack” alternative and now has thousands of ‘Happy Whackers’ across the globe. A member of the very supportive Design & Craft Council of Ireland, he recently won the Innovative Design Award at the RDS Showcase, Ireland’s creative expo, exhibited in New York, Paris and London, become part of the shelves of Brown Thomas and last month shipped his first wholesale order to Japan.

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Marie Fox

Church Vocalist At the early age of 6 years old, Marie began singing lessons and completing her grades in both classical and musical theatre. With a love for music and a keen member of the school and local choirs, Marie studied GCSE and A-Level music. With over 10-years singing experience, Marie has a number of music awards and performances under her belt, including winning Monaghan’s Got Talent, performing in the Grand Opera House, The Waterfront, Market Place Theatre Armagh and more recently featured on Irish TV. With a number of public appearances Marie was approached with several requests for wedding singing. This is where her collaboration with other musicians began and lead to the opportunity to sing at a number of occasions diversifying her repertoire.

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