To the harmonious biggish band sound of Shane Barry and the Distractions, at Greyfriars Gallery, Waterford City Council launched their ARTBEAT 2009 programme. It must be trendy for young bands to go all arty and no better guy than Barry to sip his vin rouge and wax lyrical.
Conor Nolan, the go-ahead Arts Officer, was launching a promotional video or dvd of mostly young music acts who will perform throughout the summer. On consecutive Saturday evenings, in the classy space of the newly renovated Blackfriars church, that is also the site of the new market quarter of the city.
So, in one bold imaginative piece of regeneration, an unsightly mess of a derelict space has been smartened up into an imaginative multi-media, multi-purpose space.
Nolan is on a roll and a fanfare at the moment with coverage in The Ticket, Hot Press and RTE1s Nationwide. Added to the sound of new mostly young and aspiring acts, each Saturday on John Robert’s Square, you will get Pipe, Fife, Brass and Drum bands to liven the summer feeling.
The video/dvd of their Blackfriar bands will have slots on television and Myspace and You Tube.
In memory of Bruno Browne, Electric Avenue have released a vinyl single – a double A side, featuring the band of the moment, the sizzle of summer Shane Barry and his Attractive Distractions as well as the Deaf Animal Orchestra with a college classic, No Wit Can Save Me Now. Rock On Bruno.