The Circle Sessions
The Circle Sessions, held in the cosy surrounds of the Conservatory every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm, is one of our most popular regular events. Brian Kingston, the man behind the operation, tells us what it's all about...
"The Circle Sessions is a unique night of spoken word poetry, music, storytelling and performance. We invite both seasoned performers and complete newcomers to come and contribute to the circle with whatever medium they choose. This allows for the formation of an encouraging, open and collaborative environment where spontaneity and creativity flourish.
We bridge the gap between audience and performer, to allow anyone who wants to express themselves to do so. Each person performs one piece at a time, whether that be in the form of song, story, poetry, a monologue, or any performance piece. In our three hour sessions, each performer usually gets a chance to perform 3 or four peices, lasting approx 2-4 mins in length each.
The format is fluid and self-expressions is encouraged, come and contribute to our rapidly growing circle and experience our warm and inspiring atmosphere."
The Circle Sessions is a free event, held every Tuesday from 7.30pm in The Conservatory - all welcome!
Posted by The Harbour Bar on July 23 2014
The Harbour Bar Stage at Groove Festival
Harbour Bar regulars, Interskalactic kicked off the weekend on The Harbour Bar stage with their infectious Jamaican ska sounds, as crowds started arriving. Conor Linnie, Wyvern Lingo and Samuel Vas-y kept a chilled out vibe going all afternoon for festival-goers enjoying 99s and lounging on blankets on the grass! The rain kept off for the afternoon but we had a brief deluge as The Cujo Family hit the stage - it didn't damped spirits though, the crowd scurried in under the tent, making for a very intimate gig!
On Sunday, 90s dance cover band, Attention Bébé got the party started for us with their own twist on some teen disco flashback favourites, like Will Smith's Getting Jiggy With It and Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise. Sligo folk and roots band, Old Hannah, gave us a nice chilled out set as the clouds cleared, followed by another folk-jazz quartet, Mongoose. Oddsocks, who've drawn big crowds at the Harbour any time they've played, didn't disappoint - the party was well and truly underway by the time Jamie Duff played a quick surprise set ahead of our headlining act for the day - The Eskies. The lads were joined by two of Attention Bébé's brass section and put on a great off-the-cuff comedy show in between numbers - if you've never seen these guys live, make it one of your missions in life!
Overall, Groove Festival was a really great weekend, the weather behaved itself for the most part, there was a happy, chilled out, family-friendly atmosphere, good food and, most importantly, clean portaloos without long queues!
Posted by The Harbour Bar on July 09 2014