What is it? A concert celebrating St. Brigid's Day with host Tara Flynn, Megan O'Neill, Evon Brennan, Linda Moylan, Tara Viscardi and a screening of the short film Sparkle with Q&A from writer Andie McCaffrey
When is it? Friday 3rd Feb, 2023, Doors from 7.30pm, show at 8pm
Where is it? McNamara Suite, LIC, Camden Square, NW1 9XB
How much are tickets? £16 / £14 concession (students, unemployed, retired)
How do I book? Book via this page
Standing or seated? Fully seated
The London Irish Centre brings
back our annual St Brigid’s Day concert as a celebration of the first day of spring and
Irish women! Hosted by the wonderful Tara Flynn, expect music, film,
conversation and laughter with live music from Megan O’Neill, Evon Brennan,
Linda Moylan and harpist Tara Viscardi. We’ll finish the evening with a trad
session in the hub bar with female Irish traditional musicians.
The theme this
year focusses on the defiance of Irish women with a screening of Sparkle, a
short film by Andie McCaffrey. Sparkle tells the story of an undervalued
housewife in 1980’s Ireland who is jolted back to life upon discovering the new
electrifying fitness fad aerobics. Andie will be in conversation with Tara on
Host, Tara Flynn
Tara is an actor and writer
in theatre, radio and TV. Her one-woman shows Not A Funny Word and Haunted (THISISPOPBABY and the
Abbey Theatre) played to acclaim on the Abbey’s Peacock stage.
TV includes Irish Pictorial Weekly, Stewart Lee’s Comedy
Vehicle and Line
of Duty. She's written three books, You’re Grand, Giving
Out Yards and Rage-In. Tara is a popular host and MC. She
co-hosts the comedy problem-solving podcast Now You’re Asking with
author Marian Keyes on BBC Radio Four and BBC sounds.
Named one of the
Irish Examiner’s Ones to Watch for 2022, Irish born Singer – Songwriter Megan
O’Neill has recently put out a ‘stunning’ EP titled: Time (Thought you were on
my side). This EP features five songs written and recorded throughout 2021 with
producer Richey McCourt and is somewhat of a new era for Megan as she merges
her folk, storytelling roots with more electronic elements. Both singles
(Wildfire and Fail Better) became top 10 charting singles and were playlisted
by RTE Radio 1, iRadio, Spin 1038 and more. Megan performed live recently on
BBC’s Across the Line and Virgin Media’s Six O’Clock Show with these new
studio album Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty was released in March 2021.
Time in a Bottle, the bonus track, featured on episode one of hit Netflix TV
Show Firefly Lane and one week later, O’Neill performed the song live on the
RTE Late Late Show – reaching an audience of approximately 2 million and
charting that same weekend in Ireland across all genres. Time in a Bottle was
the highest new entry on the Irish Homegrown Charts and playlisted by RTE Radio
Deemed a “rising
star” by uDiscover and Timeout Magazine London, Megan has toured the UK,
Ireland, US and Germany. She has performed at private Oscars’ parties in LA
alongside Gavin James (on invite from JJ Abrams) and has had her
song 'Don’t You’ featured on ABC’s hit TV Show ‘Nashville’ (Season
3). She has also opened for the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Lighthouse Family and
Jamie Cullum (to name a few) and the late Olivia Newton-John was a
self-proclaimed Megan O’Neill fan.
Evon Brennan is a mother, singer
songwriter, writer and model based in London. Her mother is Irish, and her
father is a Ghanian doctor. She was born in Derby and placed into care at two
months’ old with her twin sister in Ireland. She spent her childhood in Irish
institutions and started learning piano in Banada Abbey, Co. Sligo.
She moved to London in the late 1970s
and worked as a backing vocalist for Kane Gang, Fine Young Cannibals and The
Communards and toured Africa with the band Osibisa. She went on to live in
California for two years and was managed by Bob Dylan’s manager Elliot Roberts
in California and Seal’s manager John Wadlow in London.
She has written two
albums, “Small Mercies” (named after the
Sisters of Mercy) and “Unplugged”. Working with emotive material her soulful
vocals and Celtic charm manage to discard the shackles of convention with
honesty and sincerity not often heard. Brennan has written a novel called “A
Law unto Themselves” and is completing a memoir about her life in industrial care.
She currently resides in southwest London.
Linda Moylan is a London-based,
Irish-born singer-songwriter. Originally hailing from Waterford, Linda’s family
migrated to London’s east end in the 1980s. A natural singer, songwriter and
storyteller her songs explore a wide array of themes from forgotten fateful stories
and uncelebrated heroines of the past to her own personal and family
Her 2018 EP ‘London Irish’ was recorded and produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan
Studios, Dublin and received critical plaudits. In 2020 Linda released a duet
with the late, great folk legend Julie Felix – recorded and released just
before the sad loss of Julie.
Linda’s second full album ‘The Merchant’ has a distinctly folk flavour and was
produced by English folk royalty in the form of Show Of Hands’ Phil Beer. It
garnered some great reviews and plenty of airplay – including from several BBC
Hailing from the Beara Peninsula in the South-West of
Ireland, Tara Viscardi is a classical and Irish folk harpist. First Prize
Winner of the 2021 London Camac Harp Competition, Tara is a graduate
of the Royal College of Music London, Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio
Abbado Milan and TU Dublin Conservatoire with solo and chamber
performances having taken her across Ireland and the UK and further afield
to Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Hong Kong.
Tara's Baroque/folk fusion trio Nobody's Jig held the 2021
Wigmore Learning/Royal Academy of Music Fellowship and she recently commenced
studies in the Italian Baroque Triple Harp with Dr. Siobhán Armstrong
with the support of an Arts Council of Ireland Agility Award.
She was recently featured at the 14th World Harp Congress, Cardiff performing
her original compositions for traditional harp and flute paired with
chamber music by 19th and 20th century female composers, generously supported
by Culture Ireland.
She has performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall,
Cadogan Hall, the Mansion House London, the Embassy of Ireland
London, Áras an Uachtaráin, the National Concert Hall Dublin and for
audiences including President Michael D. Higgins and Mrs Higgins, HRH the
Prince of Wales (as he was formerly), Taoiseach Micheál Martin,
Ambassadors and dignitaries.
Andie McCaffrey Byrne is an actor
screenwriter & emerging director from Dublin. Combining her love for comedy
and all things 1980’s she was awarded funding from Screen Ireland through the
Actor As Creator scheme 2021 for her self-penned film Sparkle. Sparkle is based
on the true story of the time the Irish government tried to ban aerobics in
1982 as it was dangerous to women’s health.
A comedy improviser, Andie felt frustrated
at the lack of diverse female roles on screen so decided to create her own.
Shine Bright Productions, her new company was created on the back of Sparkle in
order to make more female led film and television amplifying working class
voices. Her second film Rally has been funded as part of The Siol Foundation
Fund and received the second highest award of the funding scheme. Andie will
take on the role of director & screenwriter in this film which is currently
in pre-production & will be developed with young people in her community and
will be shot in 2023.
Andie has appeared in over 22 films, four
TV series and a range of national & international advertising campaigns
including BBC TV’s Pilot Paramedics as lead Lisa. Stephanie in award winning TV
series Love/Hate RTE/BBC. Jennifer in TJ O'Grady's The Runner. Andie has over
15 years’ experience in film and is a member of the Writers Guild.
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