Felim has had an interest in folklore and times past for more years than he cares to remember. For the past 20 years, he has brought history to life in schools, libraries and festivals throughout the country and has also been involved in many films and documentaries. His school demonstrations on Samhain have enlightened many children as to where many of the modern day Halloween practices have come from and indeed how many traditions are imports from other cultures. A field archaeologist for the past 17 years, Felim uses both archaeological evidence and excerpts from written records to illustrate the origins of the Halloween festival. This promises to be a chilling start to our October Showcase.
Cillian, from County Monaghan, began banjo at the age of 11 and progressed onto his primary instrument the guitar at age 12. Cillian spent the summer months of 2015 playing in Walt Disney World Orlando in the acclaimed Irish Pub Raglan Road with his up and coming trad fusion group Élan. Being part of Élan has also afforded him the opportunity to play at weddings of national TV personalities, as well as supporting such music legends as Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor and Zoe Conway and other award-winning trad bands such as Breaking Trad and Goitse. Élan were also the winners of the prestigious UCC tradfest Battle of the Bands 2015 which gained them great recognition on the trad scene. He is currently pursuing music to degree level and is in his final year majoring in Performance at NUI Maynooth.
Mary started her studies in Art 13 years ago in Derby studying a BA (Hons) in Illustration, after completing 2 years she returned to Monaghan with the hopes of continuing her studies from home, which she did at a later stage after finding a part-time degree course in Creative Imaging in Lurgan College. On completion of her studies, Mary started painting murals. This came about after working on a larger scale during her degree show. She has enjoyed combining both her mural work and commissioned paintings, as the mural work took her outside the studio into working alongside the public. Mary has painted murals in various buildings such as Schools, nurseries, hospitals, businesses and private homes. Her paintings have varied in medium over the years, with themes that include pet portraits, people, nature and surrounding landscapes. Her current use of acrylics compliments her work best as it has a colourful, realistic and detailed appearance.
Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke, has three variations: A soloist looping effected guitars and vocals to create lush, layered music; A duo, offering intimate acoustic guitar, piano and synthesizer, tied with colourful melody and harmonies; and the newest venture, Elephant as a full band.
Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom. Elephant has garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him 2014 performances with Martha Wainwright, on the Other Voices trail in Dingle and 2015 performances at most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul.
With the “HyperGiant” album release approaching fast, Shane and co will be busy touring across the nation offering us a taste of what’s to come as he enters this exciting chapter.