Events 2013

Festival Launch / The Illustrated Beatles Exhibition

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Culture Night, Friday 20th, 8 pm, Skerries Mills – free.
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The 10th anniversary celebrations of the much loved Skerries music and arts festival will be kicked off in style with the opening of a fab exhibitition by Illustrators Ireland:
The Illustrated Beatles, curated by Peter Donnelly.

The Illustrated Beatles on tour!
The Illustrated Beatles on tour!

Illusrated BeatlesFeaturing 42 original images, interpreting 42 songs, by 42 artists, this show has toured venues around Ireland since last October, receiving rave reviews.

At the Festival Launch 2012
Your Magical Mystery Tour Guides await you!

Don’t miss a chance to meet some of the illustrators, who might even draw a a personalised doodle for you.
Light refreshments served.Magical mystery tour anyone??
The Soundwaves team hope to see you there, to launch our 10th festival in style!

Yellow Submarine – Workshop

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Saturday 21st,  1.30 pm, Skerries Mills Loft – €5. Tickets: The Bubble Room.
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Peter Donnelly c Kevin Goss Ross Join award-winning Illustrator Peter Donnelly for a Beatles themed illustration workshop based on The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Suitable for ages 8-12 years. Peter Donnelly boy

For more on Peter Donnelly, see and our People & Performers section.

Magic Show: Jack Wise

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Saturday 21st, 3.30pm, Little Theatre – €5 (4 tickets for €15) in The Bubble Room, Strand Street Sold out
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Be part of the magic: Jack Wise, Ireland’s top children’s entertainer is back by popular demand with a cracking MAGIC SHOW.
Jack has won the Irish Street Performance Championships, and the UK Children’s Entertainer of  the Year.
How? By making everyone laugh, young and old alike!

Magician, Ventriloquist, Pickpocket & Sword Swallower! (A great hit with the audience last year, and already selling fast again!) Sold out as of Thursday 18/09/2013.

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Eleanor McEvoy (and i am niamh)

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Saturday 21st, doors open 8 pm, upstairs in Blue Bar – €15. Tickets in The Bubble Room, Strand Street, or at the door.
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Having just completed a series of highly successful “Woman’s Heart” concerts in Dublin, Eleanor continues her GIRL IN A BLACK CAR TOUR to coincide with the April release of her new album “If You Leave…”

Tuesday in Williamstown. Massachusetts; Thursday in New York; Sunday in Somerville, Massachusetts, Friday 20th in Dundalk, and then on Saturday, 21 September, at Blue Bar, Skerries, where Eleanor will hit the stage around 9 pm! 

EMcE by Sue CampbellHer performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour, using own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks, with her unique voice and beautiful playing. EMcE (c) cold 24

Irish Times: “Mc Evoy’s facility with everything from Tex-Mex country to straight up three-chord trickery is a timely reminder of what sets a musician apart: a hunger for exploration and a deep-seated talent for exploring the darker corners of both music and life. ****

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And supporting Eleanor in this gig, Soundwaves welcomes i am niamhcomprised primarily of a Dublin-based solo project artist, Niamh Parkinson. Her musical style has be considered avant-garde, shown through her classically trained voice with idiosyncratic tendencies in her music.

i am niamh has just released her first EP with a sold out launch and continues to receive great praise from the music industry. It got to number 1 in the Music Review Unsigned EP charts.

“Classically trained soprano Niamh Parkinson cites everyone from Debussy to Deerhoof as an influence, and it shows. Her eerie, modern piano riffs and bold string arrangements make her one for Regina Spektor and Kate Bush devotees.” TIME OUT LONDON September 2013

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Soundwavey Fun Cycle and Picnic

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Sunday 22nd, Meet at Skerries Mills car park 12 noon – free

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This cycle is for all the family.  Organised by the Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI)
Children must be competent cyclists and be chaperoned by an adult.

Picnic by the Rose Garden, Ardgillan, 1-2pm followed by “Wavey-Wavey”! Depart for Skerries Mills not later than 2.30pm, back in time for Lego & Minecraft Exhibition and the UkuHooligans

Fun Cycle 2010

Ray Ryan of the Skerries Cycling Initiative writes:

“The Soundwavers are getting their bikes ready for the SOUNDWAVEY FUN CYCLE TO ARDGILLAN organised by the Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI) for Sunday September 22nd with a picnic by the Rosegarden. And if you think you can disappear without a trace during WAVEY-WAVEY , – HAH!, we’re going to FIND you!

All cyclists are welcome on the Fun Cycle but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There is some hill-climbing involved so this event is not suitable for small children who are not proficient cyclists.

Wavey Wavey by Michael Johnston
Do you see the wavey hand?

Cyclists will meet at the Skerries Mills car park at 12 noon, Sunday September 22nd, weather permitting. The SCI will provide stewards to assist the peloton in getting through junctions along the way.
Please check brakes, gears, tyre pressure, saddle height and lubrication. 
Children must be capable of using brakes on their bikes as the route includes significant descents in both directions.

Route to be followed : from the Skerries Mills car park via Millers Lane to  the railway roundabout, under the bridge followed by an immediate right turn up Togher Hill to Milverton Gates and right again along Ardla Rd. to Ardgillan.
For those who want it, a stewarded return to Skerries Mills Car Park will be offered in the early afternoon.

Don’t miss this chance to cycle safely to Ardgillan and have lots of fun on the way, and during the picnic! Weather permitting, as Ray says.

Lego Workshops

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Sunday 22nd, 10am-1.30pm, Little Theatre. Tickets in The Bubble Room (buy them early to avoid disappointment)

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Lego BuilderLet your children put their electronic devices away for a while and use their imagination when participating in our ever-popular Lego Day workshops.
We have workshops specifically tailor-made for all the different age groups.

(10-11am, Workshop, Room 1, 5-6 year olds – €5) sold out

10-11am, Workshop, Little Theatre, 7-8 year olds – €5 sold out

10-11am, Parent and Toddler Play Session, Room 7, under 5 year olds – €2

11.30am-1.30pm, Workshop, Room 1, 7-9 year olds – €8 sold out

11.30am-1.30pm, Workshop, Little Theatre, 8-12 year olds – €8

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Lego and Minecraft Exhibition, Competition and Prize Giving

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Sunday 22nd, 3-5 p.m., Community Centre Hall –  free.

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Children come and exhibit their Lego creations and participate in this very popular annual competition. Enter on the day!
The Soundwaves Minecraft project display what has been happening online over the last fortnight.
In short: Fun and interesting things to see for all the family! There will be some second-hand Lego stalls, so bring your pocket money.

Lego BricksSee  the wonderful Lego creations and soak in the atmosphere! A firm favourite of the Skerries Soundwaves festival. Great for new ideas for your own Lego play, or just to see what can be made out of little plastic blocks.

Since 2012, the Minecraft project has joined the exhibition.   See some of their virtual creations, “Walk” around the online Skerries created exclusively for this project. See what Minecraft crafters can create in their virtual sandbox! The prizes for this year’s competition will be in three categories: 1. Skerries; 2. Fantasy; 3. Redstone. Winners will be announced at around 4.30 p.m.

Looking at Skerries Minecraft during the 2012 Lego Exhibition
Looking at Skerries Minecraft during the 2012 Lego Exhibition

Lego Competition: Bring your creation, set it up in the hall, pay €2 for your entry and be there to show it off to the judges!

Minecraft Competition: Free to all who are part of the 2013 Skerries Soundwaves Minecraft Project. Entries have to be in by Friday 20 September, 9 p.m. and will be shown on a screen during the Lego and Minecraft Exhibition. Rules are on the Skerries Minecraft Website.