Tracy Explains the Sofa Sessions
|| BEATnDRUM SAMBA BAND [MUSIC] ||
Since their formation in 2004, BEATnDRUM have been thrilling audiences throughout Ireland, the UK and beyond at numerous festivals and events. Their high-energy street performances are a key part at Beat Carnival events, and they are a key player in the Afro-Brazilian drumming network in Ireland. If ever a band could lift you out of a Sunday evening slump, BEATnDRUM is it!
|| RORY NELLIS [MUSIC] ||
Solo artist and frontman of Seven Summits, Rory is someone I’ve wanted to play the Sofa Sessions for a long time. A hugely talented musician, he was extremely supportive and generous of his time with me back when I started performing in Belfast - he played with me on my first gigs, and I had a couple of ‘proper’ guitar lessons from him, where he fixed some of my self-taught bad habits! A great artist and a real gent, I’m delighted to have him play this special wellbeing event.
Hear more at https://rorynellis.bandcamp.com/album/ready-for-you-now
|| ORCHARD ROAD [FILM] - Ida-Maria Olva/Leevi Ikonen/Larry Cowan of Lamb Films ||
Live satellite-link-up alert! Finnish/Northern Irish short film ORCHARD ROAD is a collaboration between NI's Larry Cowan/Lamb Films (producer) and Finland dream duo Ida-Maria Olva (director) and Leevi Ikonen (screenwriter).
The plot: An unemployed father can't afford a birthday present for his son, so he plans something a bit more unorthodox.
Larry introduced me to Leevi over a pint in Cutter's Wharf before I headed off to Finland, and Leevi and Ida later came to our apartment in Jyväskylä to record me reading the part of an "Ulster radio DJ". We went to support the film at the Tampere Film Festival, where its charm and humour went down a storm with the audience. (Very similar sense of humour, I tell you...) I'll be screening the film and talking to Larry on the sofa, with a Skype link-up to Ida-Maria and Leevi from their sofa in Finland. Erinomainen!
|| JENNA SMITH [MUSIC] ||
All the way from New York comes Jenna Smith - a singer/songwriter with a gorgeous voice and songwriting style. A board-certified music therapist, Jenna has worked at the Brookyln Conservatory of Music and is currently studying a Master's in Music Therapy at the University of Jyväskylä. She'll be bringing her magic to the Sofa Sessions and chatting about her music and her work as a music therapist.
Listen to her music at http://jennasmith.bandcamp.com/
|| THE DOGG RUFF STRING BAND [MUSIC] ||
This Co. Antrim folk/blues/bluegrass outfit have been a huge hit at festivals like the Coors Open House Festival - now they're bringing their feelgood stylings and entertaining banter to the Sofa Sessions sofas. In the lads' own words:
"Born in the County of Antrim and raised in the County of Antrim, The Dog Ruffs began performing separately as children, landing roles in stage productions and television shows. They never signed any record deals in 1997 or from 1998 onwards and have yet to release a debut album. During their first decade within the music industry, they have became a prominent figure in mainstream popular music and popular culture, in their front living rooms and sometimes the kitchen. Their first album is set to become an international number-one hit. Dogg Ruff should be credited with influencing the revival of bluegrass during the late 1990s in their local bar."
Teenage Kicks, The Dogg Ruff String Band Style:
|| GERALDINE O'KANE [POETRY] ||
Sharing a selection of poems and discussing her work will be Geraldine O'Kane, co-host of the Purely Poetry open mic nights in Belfast. From Co. Tyrone, Geraldine is editor of the micro-poem pamphlet series, Panning For Poems.
|| COLIN DARDIS [POETRY] ||
Joining Geraldine is her Purely Poetry co-host, Colin Dardis. Colin is a poet, editor, creative writer tutor arts facilitator and mental health advocate. He runs Poetry NI, in which he is the editor of FourXFour and Pen Points Press, and is the online editor for Lagan Press. Colin will be reading some of his poems and talking about his arts and wellbeing projects.
|| CLEANSED [FILM] ||
"Cleansed", written and directed by Paul Caddell, begins with a detached and disorientated man discovered on a beach, dressed in a dripping wet dinner suit, shirt and tie. Brought to a psychiatric hospital, he communicates only through music.
Richard Clements (The Fall) stars in the lead, with support from Susan Lynch (From Hell). The film is produced by Good Vibrations co-director Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa for Canderblinks Film, and composer David Holmes who also provides the score.
Paul has been a friend for many years now - and my hairdresser for most of them! He recently has changed careers completely, having qualified as an English/drama teacher, and landing acting roles in film and television. He'll be talking about his career path, about making the big switch in his forties, and the 'just do it' impulse, before we screen the film.
Sunday 23rd August
Doors at 7pm, event starts 7.30pm
Event finish: 11:30pm
Entrance: DONATION (no minimum, give what you can afford)
No bar: BYOB
Duncairn Arts Centre