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Spirit Of Folk presents



7pm-late, €10

Almost every element that we are made from was birthed at the heart of a star…

…so come and be part of a very special constellation at Whelan’s on Wexford Street on Saturday 16thAugust for a night of incredible music and inspirational talks, with just a touch of generalised lunacy.

Set across two floors of Whelan’s, our speakers will have a chance to tell us tales of strange new worlds, and dare us to go where no one has gone before:

If you’re in need to a smattering of inspiration, activist, writer, and theatre director Grace Dyas will tell us all about the importance of creativity and the impact it can have on our own lives as well as our communities at large. If you’ve got the creative juices frothing but find yourself struggling to launch a project, artist and sculptor Christian Reeves will talk about ways to override that perfection module in your brain by starting before you’re ready. Charismatic wordweaver Stephen James Smith will talk on the benefits of walking your own path. And if you were ever in any doubt that you were special, astronomer extraordinaire Lee Hurley will talk us through the physics of how we are (actually) made up of star stuff.

Following the talks we’ll be treated to a stellar sampling of some of the best of this year’s Spirit of Folk festival.

The mighty, mischievous, instrument-swapping tour de force that is Bunoscionn will be taking us on a trip to the Trad side of the Moon (yes, that’s exactly what you think it is). Limerick boys Leading Armies promise six part harmonies and plenty of craic as part of their always entertaining set. Electro-folk duo Carriages, fresh in from a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way, will rub your soul up the right way with their trademark blend of haunting vocals and earthy rhythmic samples. And Sligo-born singer-songwriter Stephen James, he of the smooth voice and curly locks, will demonstrate a lesson in gravitational pull.

This will be an incredible night to remember, and an essential folky fix before Spirit of Folk in September!

7pm Doors

7.30pm Seats

7.30-7.45pm Lee Hurley ‘We are made of Star Stuff’

7.50-8.05pm Christian Reeves ‘Start before your ready’

8.10-8.25pm Grace Dyas ‘The Importance of Creativity’

8.30-8.45pm Stephen James Smith ‘Walk your own Path’

9.00pm Stephen James

9.45pm Carriages

10.30pm Leading Armies

11.20 Bunoscionn

1pm DJ


€10 available online from WAV Tickets [Lo-Call 1890 200 078], prices may vary from other outlets. (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.