October Showcase 2017

Tiarnan O Duinnchinn

Tiarnan O Duinnchin a native of Monaghan town,Tiarnan O Duinnchinn has been described by many as being one of the most influential pipers of his generation.

An award winning Uilleann Piper, Tiarnan has won 4 Fleadh Ceoil (Ist place) All-Ireland titles –and two Oireachtas titles and the Seán O Riada Bonn Oir (Sean O Riada Gold Medal) competition.He has being touring and performing professionally on a regular basis since 1995 both as a member of various bands and as a solo performer. His music has taken him to Europe, United States, Asia, Africa, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.Tiarnan was recognized by the Irish government with an award in 2015 from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to purchase uilleann pipes in furtherance of his career.Tiarnán toured extensively with Máire Ní Bhraonáin (Clannad) and recorded two albums with Máire during that time. He has recorded with many different artists, between CDs, TV advertisements and his music has featured on two films. He presents and features on many radio and TV programmes.

Ann McKenna

Ann Mc Kenna hales from Emyvale Co Monaghan. and has always loved to learn new skills. In 2005 she completed an ITEC diploma in fashion theatre and media makeup in Olivia Keenan’s school of beauty in Monaghan town, it was during this course that she learned special effect makeup. A special effects make-up artist works with live models or structures in the entertainment industry, applying make-up and/or prosthetics for a theatrical effect. In casualty makeup she had to understand the use of light and shading, understanding colours, create cuts and grazes, bruising, skin conditions and burns through makeup.

Ann loves to create and is always busy with something new and artistic. Her motto in life is always keep learning and never give up.

Felim MacGabhann

A gatherer of stories, an historian and teller of tales. Living on the border between counties Monaghan and Cavan Felim has given numerous presentations throughout both counties and further afield for audiences of all ages.

An archaeologist by trade Felim has delivered many historical lectures over the past 25 years. His talk ‘From Samhain to Haloween’ provides an historical account of the ancient festival and its journey through the ages to what we now we call Halloween. This presentation contains a detailed pictorial account of the festival’s journey and spreads light to forgotten corners of this festival. If you’re afraid of the dark, this may give you a reason to be very afraid!

The Two Five Ones
Incorporating jazz and blues classics from 1920s right through to the 1970s The Two Five Ones really capture the vintage vibe with their own unique laid back style. Comprised of Dara MacGabhann on vocals and Andy Hogg on guitar, the duo share a love for blues standards and amongst their repertoire are such artists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra along with Gershwin and Cole Porter favourites. The twosome also perform a number of original songs which are guaranteed to get you ‘In a swing’. Both artists have already established themselves musically both locally and beyond. Dara launched her album ‘Release’ last January with her band in the Market House, Monaghan and has been gracing the airwaves ever since. Andy performs regularly with a number of bands throughout Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh. However, the duo have been turning heads and generating great interest since they have combined their talents to concentrate on the jazz & blues standards from the late 1920s onwards. Fresh from providing support to Mary Coughlan earlier this month, their set for the October Showcase will include some Halloween themed classics along with some original material

To coincide with our annual Haloween Showcase Nelly Clarke, professional piano player, and private piano teacher in Monaghan town along with her student Lara Ó Mairtín will treat us to piano accompaniment to the 1910 silent movie Mary Shelly’s Frankinstein. Almost 16, Lara began learning the piano just over two years ago and has just recently become a student of Nelly’s at Runaway Hands. Nelly and Lara will join forces to tickle the ivory and send a few chills up your spine as they transport us back to the early days of cinematography and horror on the big screen.