A Night of Notions is an evening of original Music and Spoken Word curated by Mountcharles musician Conor Cunningham, featuring artists and performers from the Common Grounds Collective, among them Eamonn Travers from Ballyshannon and Claire Kinsella from Letterkenny.
The Common Grounds Collective is a Maynooth-based arts collective, who have been showcasing some of Ireland’s most inspiring artists over the past two years through country-wide tours and exhibitions. With many of their members born and raised throughout Donegal, this show in particular is set to be a long overdue homecoming. Tonight, the Abbey Centre audience will enjoy performances by:
Lemoncello are singers and instrumentalists Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella. Their thoughtfully crafted lyrics sung in harmony, combined with cello (Claire) and guitar (Laura) create a rooted, original sound. The result is music described by Remy’s Music Blog as ‘soothing for the soul, and impeccably performed on their respective instruments’.
As some of the country’s most talented and respected players, Alfi renew traditional Irish and old-time Bluegrass songs for the contemporary listener, through their trio of harp, 5-string banjo and uilleann pipes/whistle.
Hatchlings are a 5-piece band who, drawing on their wide array of influences, create a rich, textured sound that can only be described as alternative. Spinning jazz, rock, RnB and folk into an energetic and enthralling live show, the group are quickly becoming a staple of the Dublin music scene.
Described as ’Kavanagh meets Kerouac’, Cavan poet Stephen Clarke’s work weaves an innate sense of place with a witful self-awareness. His words echo the Irish masters joyfully, painfully, and respectfully.
In the poetry of Grace Kiernan, the savoury, the sweet, and the salty combine to create an effortlessly evocative work. Drawing on a clear Sylvia Plath influence, her writings offer a blissful alternative to the darkened shades that many poets paint. Performed with conviction and clear intent, these pieces make an effigy of the brooding poet stereotype, all the while paying homage to their roots.