The Festival Without Mud continues!
Our blog has kept you up-to-date with the events from the Festival Launch last Friday up to and including Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday will follow ASAP, and we’ll be adding more pictures to many events (so subscribe to the blog if you haven’t done so already!), but we wanted to give you a very quick preview of the next day-and-a-half.
Just to say, very, very briefly, that the events were just great. The Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration was sold out! Words and Music was received very well, it was a wonderful, thought-provoking, lyrical and musical evening that will be long remembered by those who were there. Friday’s Skerries Got Talent went fantastically well. Sell-out Finale, very well-attended matinee, and stars in the making, all of them! Skerries will swamp all of Ireland with its talent! A huge talent in a different genre of music graced Holmpatrick Church on the same night: In the piano recital in candle-lit Holmpatrick Church, Thérèse Fahy awed her audience with Débussy and Ravel, Granados and Liszt, with her beautiful playing and her lovely way of introducing the pieces. The cccSkerries Digital Art Jam went great, the kids enjoyed it, and the pictures will be posted in the blog! Ryan O’Shaughnessy and band loved the venue and the atmosphere – and the crowd loved Ryan O’Shaughnessy (in the Mills earlier today). They also really enjoyed the local support acts, Eva Campbell, Fergus Grant, Hannah Hawkshaw and Sarah Enright.
So on we go to the main gig of this year’s festival: Ham Sandwich with support from Cat Dowling, Mojo GoGo, Liz Seaver and Gun Runner. Food and drink available, including delicious Farmers’ Market fare. Gates open 6.30 p.m., support music starts at 6.45 p.m. or so, the Sambos should hit the stage at around 9 p.m.
Tomorrow then … For Goldilocks there are just a few tickets left, available at the door. Show starts at 11 a.m. (a few tickets were printed with a wrong time, so please make sure you’re there at eleven). Then we take a break to be able to watch the Sea Memorial Pole being planted in the presence of the President of Ireland himself! Céilí outside the church at 12.45; another puppet show (sold out, alas) 1.30 p.m. and then the Street Party with the Rock Trailer, an Art Exhibition of a special kind, the Musical Oasis and the Skerries Community Association Volunteer Corner! All that from about two to five (check individual event links for details).
And then it is time for:
Starting at 7 p.m., the parade will make its way from the Community Centre to the harbour, showing off the work the children from all Skerries primary schools have made as part of our Schools Programme.
And then… the fireworks. See you all next year!