|12 year old Andreas Varedy with jazz quintet|
|Mick Dolan makes a point|
Paddy Cullivan of Tubridy's Camembert Quartet fame comes on with the 'Leviathan Archestra', keyboard drums and bass guitar to do a set of very funny political songs. 'We Are Where We Are ' and 'Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel' very much up to the minute satirical songs exploiting some of the more innane utterances of the present political clique.
A short debate about musical education, or lack of it, followed with contributions form Ailbhe Kenny of Mary I Teacher Training Centre, Kathleen Turner , Education Officer with Irish Chamber Orchestra and James Blake of Northside Learning Hub generally extolling virtues of music in Education and pointing to a lack of a concerted national implementation policy. There were some contributions from the floor , myself included and I quoted some figures from 2000 Music Network Report. I regret I forgot to mention City of Culture bid by Derry includes proposal on inclusive music education.
There was a further debate mainly focussing on the downloading of music when the panel changed to feature journalists, a radio presenter and a musician with contributions from chairman Cullivan himself. There was a lively debate from the floor with a contribution from Gwen Moore of Mary I concerning the ethics of free downloads which drew a defensive response from radio presenter Michelle McMahon. Mick Dolan himself spoke and seemed optimistic about the future of live music venues such as his own . I do think this sort of multi faceted venue with accompanying bar or restaurant which can accommodate small intimate gatherings or larger gatherings with bands picking up extra revenue by CD sales at the venue is what will work in the future as opposed to larger dedicated arts centres which absorb large sums before they even open their doors for a gig .
I was delighted to meet fellow violist , Trudy Gunn, and her husband David Blake there to support son James of Brad Pitt Light Orchestra.
A great night and well done to the Leviathan promoters for such an innovative event.