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Friday night at The Dock, what a night!

December 12, 2011

I hope you all enjoyed the lovely Winter Market, the smell of baked goods and mulled wine, the handcrafted goodies. I had a ball for sure, lots of chats, small little presents for my gang, and to put icing on the occasion I caught my beloved sneakily buying the vintage skirt I had looked at beforehand and put away again, being good and all that! I know that he doesn’t know that I know, so I will have to wait till Santa puts it under the tree I guess!

Back to Friday night at The Dock, I so love Open Season, the different colours, textures, and how every one of the artists translates a glimpse of a moment, an idea, a feeling or whatever notion into his or her own piece of work, into art… Looks like the first pictures have been bought already, Christmas pressies are being wrapped, the hustle bustle of Friday night in The Dock was a joyful one, the opening words all about hope during gloomy times, the choir songs resounding through the foyer full of warmth and excitement, well done kids! Familiar faces in the crowd, nice to keep bumping into John Mc Dwyer all the time now after having interviewed him, people staying behind chatter boxing about the new exhibition or taking a second and third look at a particular piece of work.

Good few of the crowd stayed on for Ailie Blunnie’sAND BAND – gig, and I have to say the sisters are getting even more funny by the day, I didn’t think that possible! It’s all about not mentioning the band, Roisin just being there for the sweets anyway, the golden boyfriend getting his bass solo in and the back vocalist being handed a dictionary for the French songs. The stage looked all christmassy and white and glittery, how do the Blunnie’s make even Wispy’s snowmen look beautiful and classy? My daughter thought the whole show most hilarious and almost a comedy as well as unbelievably good and catchy  songs, two for the price of one, even though she was rather embarrassed by her mother clapping for additional songs at the end of the night! All in all, a brilliant night at the Dock, delighted that the bar was open for drinks at the interval, as my Dock Blogger ears picked up concerns about that in the crowd beforehand, and yes, I love my interval drink too, even though you’d probably chuckle at my choice of beverage! Davy and Andy are getting used to it by now though, and it is lovely to feel part of the gang even in those small ways.

As you noticed, the Dock Blogger Identity didn’t get revealed on the night, somewhat due to unforeseen chock-a-block business during the week, but more importantly for the poll results on the blog – the majority of you wants to keep the mystery going for a while, even though it was close nose-to-nose, but nevertheless the mystery callers made it to the top!

Now, all we’re waiting for is for the new website layout to hit our screens, the minute that happens I can press send on this post, upload my pictures from the night and let you in on my secret mystery clip of 23seconds Ailie Blunnie sound-checking before the gig! The light at the end of the video is Keith in the sound box, once you know it it’s obvious, and he didn’t want to be filmed anyway! But yes Keith, brilliant job on the night, mesmerizing lights, as well as sounds, this time Roisin was busier slagging Ailie, so she forgot some of the elaborate praise that you deserve! Keith you rock! On a technical note: Right now the clip needs one rotation clockwise, so you need to adjust your neck and head at 52 degrees  to the left at the moment, till I figure out how it’s done!

Check out the programme for December, there’s smashing performances ahead of us for big and small people, our new website at http://www.thedock.ie/ and the Open Season exhibition in the galleries, foyer and Café Bar! Have a great week,

Your Dock Blogger

ps: I sneak this post in for you due to personal impatience, lets see if it works or gets lost in the process of transferring the website!

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23seconds Ailie Blunnie Sound Checking at The Dock, posted with vodpod
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Under Construction right from the Top

December 8, 2011

Guys, no posts over the weekend, the blog will go ‘live’ onto the Dock’s homepage/ website and somewhat in ‘real time’ between now and early next week, and I am advised to NOT update anything until that has visibly happened, otherwise the guys from wordpress, OSD and technical support will never ever speak to me again! So a quick bye bye for now, see you Friday night and over the weekend at the Winter Market, but my pictures from those events will be slightly delayed here on the blog but being uploaded for next week nevertheless! Chat you in a few days, stay safe and sound and leave the car at home if you possibly can, the mulled wine at the market will be more-ish for sure!

happy third advent, your Dock Blogger

Open Season, Ailie Blunnie and Winter Market at The Dock

December 6, 2011

It’s almost Wednesday morning, I have a handful of more details and news for you, and I am still looking forward to the weekend at The Dock! Ailie Blunnie is not having a support act on the night, so Friday  8.30pm very sharp it is, straight launching into the Blunnie Sisters’ act, I also heard there is a boyfriend on that stage too, and I guess we’d be lost without Keith in the sound box, so let’s welcome the boys also! If the Open Season allows me to pop out in between, I’ll try and take a couple of shots of the Blunnie’s in preparation of the show, I have a feeling they might just let me do that for you! I love the idea of Duke Special meeting Imelda May for a day of feeding ducks in the park and putting that thought into music; and boy am I excited to go to that gig!

Mella, one of the organizers of the Winter Market filled me in on a few more details too, last year’s market was fabulous already I can give you that, but they are sure to well top that yet! First of all, it more than likely won’t flood or ice-sheet the roads on us between now and Saturday, so allof us get a fair chance in turning up at The Dock this time, and there will be even more stalls than last year to choose from and potter around so I heard. Very importantly  there will be nibbles and mulled wine (did I just  mention the food first … again!?), there will be handmade natural cremes and ointments, handcrafted Teas and Coffee, Christmas Cards, books, Santa’s Lost Buttons, Felt Creations, Ceramics, Knit Kits, paintings, Wellie Trees, hand painted lamp shades, local photography, hats and scarves, vintage clothing, Woodcraft, Christmas decorations… and I think they have a few more things up their Winter Market-sleeves! Sounds great to me, a lovely day out, and many thanks to Mella and crew already, I saw her busily organizing and putting time and effort in all morning today!

So, anybody else  like me waiting for that What’s On Guide turning up in your letter box? I was tossing and turning already, patience is  not one of my virtues yet, but  I found out why we are that bit behind with the post-outs. And yes, that brings me to the sideline of the Volunteer Scheme again too! With the Trade Conference and all, The Dock staff has been so flattened with work all weekend that the What’s On brochure found its way into the envelopes only this morning, and I don’t really know how many of us are on that mailing list, but it looked like a big job to me! So anybody idling around and having time on your hands as little as it may be, call in and let Ciara know that you are interested in volunteering for The Dock, mailing, putting posters out around town, ushering for the odd performance. The perks? If possible at all, getting into the shows you like for free, in times where money is that bit tight this might be worth a lot to a lot of people out there. So spread the word and come along, there is always some nice crowd about in the foyer too… And the What’s On should be in your letter boxes somewhat between today and tomorrow, you can look forward to a neat job on that! I know some people found the last one a bit hard to navigate through, this one has a cooler lay-out, more leight weight, and i love the calendar bit at the side of each month! Glad i put my own calendar bit on the blog days ago already, great minds think alike, now it appears rather streamlined even though it wasn’t!

What else? The galleries are currently and seriously being painted and prepared for Open Season on Friday night, should be great craic to see all the different styles and ways of creativity together on one wall space! Pity none of the artists came forward to tell us a bit about themselves or their work for the blog, maybe I catch some of them on the night, but here the last chance to email me if you want to present your work and yourself  at the last minute in regards to the Open Season exhibition on Friday at 5.30pm! dockblogger@gmail.com  What delights me a lot is the presence of  children’s art this year, Annaduff and Newtowngore National Schools  have been working with artist Kate Wilson and their self-portraits and an animation made by the children will be on show in The Jury Room Café/Bar throughout the run of  Open Season

And last but not least all comedy fans check out Fred Cooke and Eric Lalor on our website – looks like a night of laughs on Thursday at 8.30pm! I bet you see Davy from the Jury Room there, I figured out that he loves comedy a LOT!

Happy Wednesday to everybody, Your Dock Blogger

On My Radar 5.2 – Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking, Preparing the Exhibition

November 30, 2011

… and once more  20 seconds of preparations… Thank you Stephen and David for showing me around! Unfortunately I can´t upload everything into one neat post, so here you go, one last time for Engage Artist Collective

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Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking,…, posted with vodpod

On My Radar 5.1 – Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking

November 30, 2011

Stephen Rennicks and David Spence getting the place ready for the opening of the exhibition of work by the four artists selected for the Trade residency program 2011. Featuring group work undertaken as Engage Artist Collective as well as individual work featuring David Spence, Brigitta Varadi, Stephen Rennicks, David j and David Michalek. To be opened by Declan McGonagle and there will be a presentation by Dr. Aedín McLoughlin of Glenwood Research. Part of the Trade 2011 conference at The Dock.  http://engagecollective.wordpress.com/

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Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking,…, posted with vodpod

On My Radar 5 – Engage Artist Collective – Talk About Fracking

November 30, 2011

No green light from Paul regarding my competition idea yet, so I am holding my breath for a minute, but another On My Radar for you, a subject that will affect all of us around here one way or another, so check out the link to see what is happening on Friday afternoon in Carrick-on-Shannon!

https://www.facebook.com/events/203316643078994/

An approach to look at hydraulic fracturing through artistic eyes and research, what stays behind in the landscape when we dig too deep, which elements of our lives will be at risk if we follow the path of promises and money, and which consequences may be impossible to undo for our lifetime to come. Or the lifetime of our children and theirs. A fresh  look at a pressing issue, four artists sharing ideas and working on the exhibition collectively, hence the title. Unfortunately I am not able to be there on Friday eve for the actual opening, so I had to peep my Dock Blogger camera into the exhibition space today and get a first glimpse of the work… I am sure the guys will spend all day to get ready for us on Friday, but I let you in on the preparations, Stephen Rennicks and David Spence getting the job done…  and while the video uploads, here the first picture!

Hunters Moon in Carrick

October 30, 2011

I am not in the county, but word on the street has it that Hunters Moon is in full swing, people are lovin’ it,  Carrick is shining, beaming, rumbling, celebrating…

If you haven’t made your way into town yet, go on, join the fun! You’ll be just in time for the  Day of the Dead Parade  starting at The Dock’s door steps this evening!

Happy Halloween, Your D B

Scary Movies for Halloween

October 27, 2011

Here’s the line-up for the Halloween and Schlock Cinema Films that will be shown as part of the Hunters Moon Festival. Festival Ticket Holders get in to the films for free. Otherwise it is 5 euro per film. The Mobile Cinema will be parked by the LCC Offices, I guess we can’t miss it once we peep our heads around that corner of the town!

Saturday 5:00 PM: BUCKET OF BLOOD
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052655/

 Saturday 6:45 pm: THE CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI with an original soundtrack by STEPHEN RENNICKS (wow, our very own Stephen Rennicks, Stephen you ROCK!)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0010323/

 Saturday 8:30 PM: WHITE ZOMBIE
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023694/

Sunday 5:00 PM: SPECIAL HALLOWEEN KIDS FILM (Which one is it going to be? Hunters Mooners, once you chose, let us know!)

Sunday 6:45 PM: DEMENTIA 13 (My favourite title here on the list, but didn’t watch the trailer yet!)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056983/

 Sunday 8:30 PM: DEAD MEAT
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369359/

Check out those movies, grab a friend for emotional support and come and get  the creeps together!

Your Scaredy cat Dock Blogger

Hunters Moon Festival in Carrick-on-Shannon

October 26, 2011

Guys, there is an exciting weekend just around the bend; The Hunters Moon Festival is waiting for our call!

The next three sentences I am stealing from their website for you, but I’ll link you to it as well for the full programme and ticket prices and options etc…

 Hunters Moon Music and Art Festival will take place on the 28th, 29th, and 30th of October in the Northwest of Ireland in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim. Hunters Moon Festival is an experimental music, art and film festival combining unique visual art and music in the unique town of Carrick on Shannon. Tickets are available to all music events. There are festival tickets, day tickets and evening tickets on sale. Check the tickets page for full info.

http://huntersmoonfestival.wordpress.com/about/

There is free stuff too, open to everyone, so in times like these I am pointing that out especially, just to get a taste of what’s in store for us!

The Hunters Moon Arts Trail: An Arts Trail will wind its way through the streets on Carrick over the weekend of the festival. Maps of the Arts Trail are available at the Box Office. All art spaces are free and open to the public. Thanks to the keen eye and the hard work of our art curator, Caroline Walsh.

The Short Experimental Films Cinema: in the box office in Murtagh’s Courtyard, Main Street. Right down my street for that matter!

“Seek What They Sought” Art Exhibition by Tim Kerr: opening at 8 pm in the Jury Room of the Dock Arts Centre on Friday 28th of October. Looking bright and cheerful, come and have a drink and see the new art on those walls!

Deejays at Murtagh’s Bar – Friday 4 -8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 – 8 pm:  There will be festival deejays playing everything from folk rock to medieval bands to art rock discos in Murtagh’s Bar all through the weekend.  This is open and free to everyone!

Day of the Dead Procession: Sunday 30th October 6 – 7 pm, meet at the Dock Arts Centre. Whoa, sounding spooky scary – looks like bringing the small people along, do the whole fancy dress affair thing, and maybe put some sucky sweets into your pockets too, just in case!

There is a long line up of bands playing on all of the nights, I can’t even start typing them all down so you better check that website, the Weekend Tickets are available in THE LEITRIM DESIGN HOUSE leading up to the festival, whereas Tickets for night-time performances will go on sale from 8:30pm at The Dock for that evening’s performance and are available for purchase on the door (subject to availability, as always and of course!).

That covers it all? It probably didn’t, but it’s a start to get you nosy!

See you at the weekend, looks like one more perk to be had in town, Murtagh’s Bar as the main sponsor of the whole festival is offering 10% off all food for the attendees of the festival, I might meet you at that bar  too so!

in Halloween mode,

Your D B

Green Door Leitrim Weekend – half time!

September 10, 2011

It was a great opening night at The Dock, a dignified atmosphere for the first Green Door Weekend, a big turnout of like-minded souls, and I have to rave a tiny bit about the gorgeous AND wholesome-y finger food prepared by the organizer Jo Lewis herself, yummy! Hustle bustle everywhere, James Kinsella with his project of building a cottage sculpture and making you think of what house and home post celtic tiger really means to everyone of us, and upstairs the opening of the two exhibitions in the galleries (I find Tracy Hanna’s coal dust sculpture mesmerizing to watch!)… I might be able to get hold of some photographs of the night, I saw a couple of people ‘snap-shotting’ away all evening, I will try to upload some of their pics for you if I can get my hands on them!

The public debate certainly got my mind focusing more clearly once again as we got back to the old question of what to do with all those ghost estates in Leitrim, about the missing infrastructure for making rural living sustainable and what sustainability really  may have meant in the first place … What set this debate apart from  countless others was that there seemed to be a stronger and new glimmer of community, of hope and determination, and a new humbleness that put us all into the same boat and time and climate, and even though one went away with more questions than answers I still felt enlightened by it! Nobody seemed to want to leave at the end at all, the foyer was like a bee hive filled with busy chatting and debating, and more than one person wanted to go into the nitty-gritty detail of compost toilets as the solution to rocky Leitrim soil…

Whoever wants that question answered still might go out to the organizers’ home and check it out, Mike and Jo’s place (page 40 in the brochure) is open to the public from 11 till 5pm tomorrow (Sunday the 11th), and I am sure its well worth the journey…

 http://www.inspirationalhomes.ie/

Kevin’s Mud Workshop this morning turned out brilliant as well; the kids got up to their elbows into buckets of runny muddy wood-shavings and plastered a pretend wall with energetic ‘throwing’ movements, what more fun can you have at that age? Every child made a small mud piece to bring home as well, a house out of cubes and pyramids, happy faces throughout, lots of washing loads tonight for the busy parent I’m afraid though…

 Great weekend so far, but only halfway through yet, so keep checking the programme for all the open places to visit tomorrow… and maybe somebody can give all of us feedback on how the Mud Tour or any other one for that matter went? If you are one of the lucky ones who got a place on those tours, please feel free to comment here, we’d love to know! Same goes for visiting individual houses, tell us how you got on,  all the details we’ve missed!

 Your Dock Blogger