Dem Fools are back in Skerries to perform for you at the unique venue of Courtyard @ Skerries Mills! And they’ll have the support of some local musicians too!
Dem Fools are a lively, unique and original band that thoroughly enjoy performing. Their flare infects the crowd to create an upbeat atmosphere throughout their set. They combine their many influences which include rock, folk, and reggae with a love of creating music to produce a sound which is definably theirs.
Dem Fools are a 6 piece Folk-Rock/Reggae band comprising of members Ais (Vocalist), Jill (Ukulele/Guitar/Harmonist), Mooneytunes (Keys/Vocals), Gerry (Guitars/Vocals), Bernard (Bass) and Fergus (Percussion).
Dem Fools have had toes tappin’ and feet movin’ at such venues and events as Whelans, Sweeney Mongrels, The Ruby Sessions, and the Le Cheile Arts Festival amongst others. The media has also begun to take note with the band having appeared on both West Dublin Access Radio (WDAR) 96fm and Dublin’s Radio Nova in recent weeks.
Date: Saturday 29 September
Time: 6:30pm doors open
Venue: Courtyard @ Skerries Mills
Since they first debuted in 2006, Delorentos have solidified their status as one of Ireland’s premier recording and live acts. Since 2007 Delorentos have released two critically acclaimed albums; 2007′s In Love With Detail, and 2009′s You Can Make Sound, which as well as hitting number 2 in the Irish charts won Entertainment.ie’s Album of the Year. Following on from the recent release of their third album, Little Sparks, Delorentoswill certainly rock the crowd in the amazing setting of the open air Courtyard @ Skerries Mills.
And if that wasn’t enough to tempt music lovers…there are three up-coming acts to get you warmed up beforehand: Rooftop Anthems, Red Empire and Liz Seaver
A high-energy, entertaining outfit with huge indie-rock sound, Rooftop Anthem are a five-piece outfit based in Dublin. With an eclectic mix of sing-along indie anthems that strike an almost instant connection with the listener, and performances that capture the audience’s attention from start to finish, Rooftop Anthem stand out as a unique act with a unique sound. Find out more…
“‘With a catchy, memorable element to her melodies, along with that striking voice and endearingly modest stage persona…this is one girl whose more intimate gigs we should treasure before she hits the big time.” A singer/songwriter from our very own Skerries! Liz has been singing and playing music all her life. She has played in many gigs and festivals over the years but her first major gig was a support slot for Damien Dempsey. Some other supports include Jack L, Iain Archer, Albert Niland, Mickey Harte, John Jorgenson and Honor Heffernan. Liz is currently working on the release of a second album.Find out more…
Red Empire are a new emerging Indie Rock band from Dublin. Red Empire have been together since 2009. However they all started much earlier than this, when they enlisted the help of their friend Joe Jewell from Irish Rock Band Aslan. Together they began recording their debut album, however this fell short due to personal issues with members of the band. It was then that Craig and Gar who also knew Joe, decided to venture further with their outfit and expand. It was through the help of Joe that the two groups merged and hence Red Empire was born. Find out more…
Date: Sunday 30 September
Time: 7pm for parade and approx 8pm for fireworks
Venue: Meeting at Skerries Community Centre – Finish at Band Stand at Harbour
The festival paradeis a wonderful spectacle and will show off the floats that Skerries school children and local artists will design and build together during the month of September, as part of the Soundwaves School Programme. This year’s theme is “Things that Fly”.
Assembly is at 7pm at the Skerries Community Centre, where the waiting crowds will be entertained by a fire juggler and local drumming band the Grizzly Bears.
The parade will follow the established route to the South Strand and make its way to the Band Stand at Skerries Harbour.
Hundreds will line the Harbour to bid farewell to Soundwaves 2012 as stunningfireworkswill light up the skies once more with dramatic colour and design.
Date: Saturday 22 September
Venue: Courtyard @ Skerries Mills
Tickets: €10 for regular; €15 for VIP tickets
The Skerries Art School Performance Arts classes have been running for almost 12 years now. In that time the 5 – 18 year old cast have brought you unforgettable performances such as Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Nightmare Before Christmas and even Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.
This Soundwaves Festival they present you with the unique opportunity to experience the full-length sell out Broadway and Westend show LES MISERABLES in your hometown.
Come and see the unforgettable epic, which has stunned audiences in Drogheda earlier this year. Now it’s your turn for a night to remember.
Throughout September, local artists and art students are visiting local primary schools to work with children from 5th and/or 6th class.
By bringing art into the class rooms we reach many children who would not otherwise benefit from the festival’s events. Creating a piece of art and then proudly showing it in their own community is an empowering experience that the children eagerly look forward to every year.
The unusual floats made in this year’s Schools Programme will form part of the Soundwaves grand finale in the form of a parade on Sunday the 30th of September 2012. This year’s theme is “Flying things!, so expect the weird and wonderful.
Join us for an inspiring evening at 8pm on Tuesday 25th Sept, as part of the Soundwaves Festival, when authors of Buen Camino, Peter and Natasha Murtagh, will share their father-daughter journey from Croagh Patrick to Santiago de Compostela, over a glass of wine and tapas. Peter, who is the Foreign Editor with the Irish Times, and Natasha will speak about their experiences on the millennium-old pilgrimage route from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in northern Spain. They will give an introduction to the history of the Camino and the appeal it holds for people of all faiths and increasingly of none.
Tickets €10 from Seasons and Village Art Shop
Please note places are limited so buy your tickets early!
Date: Friday 28 September
Venue: Holmpatrick Church
Be enchanted by Celtic Airs and Graces featuring international flautist Karin Leitner, hailing from Austria, and our very own Cormac de Barra, who has pushed the boundaries of Irish harp beyond the traditional and the classical through his collaborations with a variety of artists.
Experience these two world-class musicians in the beautiful surroundings of a candle-lit Holmpatrick Church.
The programme for the evening promises some perennial favourites as well as some original compositions. A night to remember!
Date: Saturday 22 September
Venue: Blue Bar
Tickets: €5 on the door
Since re-forming in 2008, Risky Business has become more like a co-op than a band. From the original line up as a four piece party rock band, they have grown and expanded to include a whole range of permanent, semi-permanent and guest artists singing and playing everything from saxophones and trombones to fiddles and flutes. The band have played in Spain and London as well as completing a five date tour in Canada. They have supported Horslips on their comeback Irish tour and are currently recording material for a release in the spring.
The Soundwaves gig in Blue is Risky Business’ first local engagement since Christmas and it promises to be an exciting show with some very special guests.
Date: Thursday 20 September
Time:5pm – 9pm
Venue: Skerries Little Theatre
Entry fee: FREE
Finals Date: Friday 28 September
Venue: Skerries Little Theatre
Children, teens and adults – come along and show your talent at the first ever “Skerries Got Talent” show! We are looking for singers, dancers, instrumentalists, groups, soloists, performing animals, acrobats and much more!
Auditions are open to all. Come along to the Little Theatre any time from 4pm till 9pm on Thursday the 20th September. Twelve lucky entrants will make it through to the grand finale on Friday 28th, where we hope we may have some celebrity judges to help us choose some lucky winners, to walk away with some amazing cash prizes.
The winner also gets to play to a live audience at the Festival Street Party the following Saturday!
Date: Friday 14 September Time: 7:30pm Venue: Skerries Little Theatre Tickets: €5
A regular fixture in Soundwaves, this event is a sell-out with young fans of the local music scene. Come along and experience young local talent as they battle to win a place for the Skerries Rock trailer.
With MC Stewart Warren, you’re in for a great night!
BREAKING NEWS: winning act gets to perform in Courtyard @ Skerries Mills with Dem Fools on Friday 28 September!
“From Sketch to Screen – the Creation of Animation” Exhibition is the grand opening event of the Skerries Soundwaves 2012 Festival
We are delighted to announce that for the first time ever, Skerries will be represented in the international phenomenon that is CULTURE NIGHT. For one night of the year, cultural institutions around the world open their doors beyond the usual opening hours, well into the night and invite visitors in for FREE.
In Ireland, Culture Night has been very successful and is promoted widely, via a brochure and a website. To have Skerries included will hopefully generate some publicity and encourage visitors into our lovely town.
The launch of Skerries Soundwaves 2012 will take place on Culture Night, Friday the 21st of September at 8pm in Skerries Mills.
We will open a wonderful exhibition called “From Sketch to Screen – the Creation of Animation“, curated by award winning Brown Bag Films. Cathal Gaffney of Brown Bag Films will open the exhibition, which includes sketches of well known cartoons, models and cut-outs. Our very own Niamh Sharkey’s Huggle Monsterswill make an appearance! We are also very excited to be able to welcome Norton Virgien, director of the RugRats to Skerries.
In addition, there will be free, atmospheric night tours will be available to visitors on the night of the Skerries Mills complex, which is an outstanding industrial heritage museum.
And there might be some surprises in store, ensuring that CULTURE NIGHT in Skerries goes on well into the night, making it a really memorable event.
Be part of the first ever CULTURE NIGHT in Skerries!