Newfoundland Festival of Poetry and Music comes to Cork
Over 50 Newfoundlanders will take up residence in Cork on Febuary 27th as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of The March Hare Festival a Newfoundland festival of literature & music. This Festival has been running very successfully in Newfoundland for the past 20 years. It is a unique combination of music and poetry in a social setting and is one of Newfoundland’s top cultural events.
The Centre for Newfoundland & Labrador Studies, WIT, are delighted to host this event in Ireland as a celebration of the unique connection between the two countries. The Festival will perform in Waterford, Feb 26th, Tigh Fili Cork Feb 27th, Ring, Feb 28th, Kilkenny Castle, Mar 1st, Enniscorthy, Mar 3rd & Dublin, Mar 5th. The Cork show will take place in Tigh Fili Arts Centre at the new Cork Arts Theatre premises on Tues Feb 27th @ 8pm and will feature a lively collaboration of Cork and Newfoundland Poets and Musicians.
Admission is free.
As part of the ‘March Hare’ Newfoundland Festival of Poetry & Music local poets and musicans participating in the festival include, Jerry Murphy, Billy Ramsell, Fintan Lucy and Cliff Wegebury.
Gerry Murphy was born in Cork in 1952. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, and ‘Pocket Apocalypse’, his translations of the Polish poet Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska, appeared in 2005 from Southword Editions. ‘End of Part One: New and Selected Poems’ (Dedalus, 2006) draws on his previous five collections of poetry.
Fintan Lucy is a Cork-born singer, musician and songwriter and a past member of Cork harmony-based acoustic rock-and-roll band The Phintones, and of folk/trad outfit Duchas. As a community musician he facilitates creative music projects in schools, youth organisations, and other community groups,and gives training in music workshop facilitation. He has taken part in the Munster Literature Centre’s writer exchange programme with Swansea. Fintan’s debut solo album is The Is and Was and Maybes, featuring eleven original songs.
Billy Ramsell was born in Cork in 1977 and educated at the North Monastery and UCC.
In 2005 he was short-listed for a Hennessy award and won the Tigh Filí manuscript competition. Complicated Pleasures, his debut collection, will be published in May by the Dedalus Press. He lives in Cork where he co-runs a small educational publishing company.
Cliff Wegebury is a Cork based poet, playwright, performing artist and broadcaster, born in London in 1946.He has released three CD's of his own compositions, the last being "Antarctic Ballads," in 2006, featuring the widely broadcast, "Ballad of Tom Crean." "A Lingering Adolescence," is his fifth collection of poetry, being published shortly by Belfast Lapwing.