Jordan's American Bar
Study Hall, De La Salle College
The Church- United Presbyterian and Methodist Churc, Patrick St.
|Power White, & Dower at Jordon's|
|De La Salle Entrance|
The lofty study hall of De La Salle College was chosen particularly for its resonance with the past for former student Éibhear Walshe who read from his memoir, Cissie's Abbatoir, a rare account of growing up in Waterford in the 60's and 70's. The Saturday morning audience audience included family members, teachers and old school pals who took the opportunity to search the walls for photographs oftheir images from the past. Eibhear spoke about the buildings as the starting point for constructing his memoir where most of his locations are visible form the spot where we were assembled.
The best thing about the Katie Kim gig at The Church in Patrick St was the venue. The subdued lighting created a late night feel for perfomances by Burrows and Katie Kim's band. The fairy lights all along the sides were a nice touch and the enormous window must surely be one of the most impressive in the town's many fine buildings. and venue was well filled with an enthusiastic audience with admission attractively priced at €10. I felt the amplification robbed her voice of it's best qualities and reverb effects were overdone. Leaving aside the considerable technical problems that beset the performance, my impression was that that the artist was wrestling with her equipment and not always winning, diverting her energy away from conveying the message in her songs.
|Gateway to The Church at Patrick St|
Arthur Jeffe has assembled a diverse multi-instrumental ensemble to recreate the work of his late father Simon Jeffe who created a quirky style of purely instrumental music that borrowed inspiration from many diverse genres and the principles of physics alluded to with references to mathematicians Fibonacci and Pythagoras. Music for a Found Harmonium had particular appeal for Irish musicians and Sharon Shannon and Frankie Gavin are among the artists to cover it.
|Penguin Café (The dog sadly didn't appear)|
Congratulations and thanks to the Imagine Festival organisers. There was much to brighten these late October days of gathering gloom. I am conscious returning to Waterford of the confluence of architectural elegance in the town and the excellent ongoing work in restoring and enhancing the many lovely buildings. Rather than choose an artistic highlight I have chosen the venues as the focus for this post. Our only complaint is that there were too many events and we couldn't get to all of them. We missed the imaginative programming of the silent movie Vampyr with organist Morgan Cooke at Christchurch Cathedral another of Waterford's architectural gems. Looking forward to next year already.