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About Us

The Space Inside is an arts session held on the first Tuesday of each month from October to June, in Wicklow Sailing Club, South Quay, Wicklow Town, Ireland
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The sessions provide a platform on which all artists can perform - from poets to actors and from dancers to all forms of musicians.
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Admission is free to ensure access to all and doors open 8pm

If you would like to perform, contact us at spaceinside@hotmail.com

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Live Night Tuesday 4 January

Open Mic Night

With Special Guest Eva O'Gorman - harpist

Musicians, poets and singers are welcome to strut their stuff on the Space Inside’s stage.
Maybe you have already performed at a Live Night or are just gathering up your courage to perform that special song or poem. Either way, you can take one minute or ten of centre stage
- the choice is yours.

Always an appreciative audience at the Space Inside, you will not find a friendlier space to perform. To ensure a spot, come early and give your name to the person with the clipboard.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Live Night January 2011

Welcome the New Year in at the Space Inside on tuesday 4th January.

Performers to be confirmed

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Show Goes On

Despite the artic weather we are having, our December Live Night is going ahead.

Unfortunately, members of Catch the Moon are stuck in Cork but will be with us in February instead.

Joe O'Connor will fill the third slot. Thanks Joe

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Live Night - Tuesday 7th December '10

Robyn Kavanagh is 23 years old and lives in Wicklow Town. She is probably best known for her appearance on the popular RTE talent show, You’re a Star, when she was runner up. That was three years ago and since then she has been taking a break from the music. That was until recently, when she acquired a manager.
Robyn is currently working on her own music and learning to play guitar. ‘I have been writing my own songs for the last 3 years,’ she says, ‘and my aim is to get signed to a label and hopefully make the charts.’
 Robyn’s sound is new age soul with mild rock influences and a hint of rhythm and blues. Her backing band for the night is the three Meakin brothers - Sounds interesting and not to be missed!



Avoca. Sean Olohan and Simon Keogh are welcome back to the Space Inside. The guys have been performing together for longer than they care to remember. Much of their time is spent giging all over Europe, and Switzerland is like a second home to them.

In March they launched their newest song “ The man who reached the sky” a song about Charles Barrington from Bray who was the first person to climb the Eiger. During St. Patricks weekend, the band also launched another song in France called “ A french connection” which will be used as the anthem for the twinning of Wicklow and Montigny. Always a toe-tapping evening when Avoca take the stage at the Space Inside.


Joe O' Connor. Joe has been steadily making his way through the Irish music scene over the past few years sharing the bill with such acts as Sinead O' Connor, Chip Taylor and Paddy Casey to name but a few. Whether playing with his Blues/Rock outfit Kill Man Ten, on his own, or with his brand new outfit Joe O' Connor & The Mercenaries, his shows are always full of smokey Southern vocals and bluesy soulful guitar playing. His new independent release will feature such live favorites as 'Blonde Haired Blues' and 'Sober St.' Joe O' Connor & The Mercenaries' new E.P. "Electric Lemonade" will be released early 2011 and can be sampled at www.myspace.com/joeoconnorsounds. www.myspace.com/killmanten


 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

November Live Night

Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at 8pm
Join us for another top  lineup for our November Live Night


Étoile de la Mer

  Étoile de la Mer is the stage name of Maria Scanlon, an experienced dancer who also teaches Shape up With Belly dance in the FYI Dance Club in Wicklow Town.
The Bellydance is uniquely designed for the female body and is a dance characterized by sinuous hip, abdominal and arm movements.

Étoile de la Mer will hypnotise us with her mystical performances of Oriental Fusion bellydance. She will be joined on the night by Estrella del Mar, another captivating bellydance performer.

Bellydance classes are held in the FYI Dance Club is held on the South Quay every Thursday morning at 10am.


Josh Johnston
  We welcome back Josh Johnston to the Space Inside. Josh studied Popular Music in the University of Salford, graduating as a pianist, band leader and composer. He is well-known as a versatile musician.

Josh was pianist in the band of Birr singer/ songwriter Roesy for six years, performed on stage and recorded with Kila, Declan O’Rourke, Stewart Agnew, SJ McArdle, NoelieMcDonnell, Irish tenor Karl Scully and others. He is the resident organist at the Unitarian Church in Dublin.

He released his first solo CD, Three Friends in 2000, and a duo disc with jazz (and classical) violinist David MacKenzie. His latest CD, Asylum Harbour, is out now.

 Ronan Swift










Ronan was born in 1972 in Dublin, Ireland, the year Al Blue Lewis fought Ali in a bout of Gaelic Boxing at Croker and came second. He has been a schoolboy, a schoolmaster, a window cleaner & a gardener.
His tunes are adorned by a dedicated gang of selfless musicians - Eoin O’Brien (electric guitar - Kíla, Clay Dolls), Josh Johnston (piano & keyboards - Roesy, SJ McArdle), Bill Blackmore (trumpet - Trihornophone) and Malachy Robinson (double bass - Irish Chamber Orchestra) are the core band. The same group of musicians have come together to help Ronan produce both his debut CD Farewell Future Wives (2009) and his 2nd CD A Whinbush Backwards (due for release April 2011).

His rare live performances with the same band usually take place in Dublin, Ireland. There's one lined up for December 2010 - date to be announced.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Space Inside journal goes quarterly

After six years, the Space Inside journal has moved from a monthly to a quarterly publication. The steady reduction in funding over the years has meant that, in order to keep the journal alive, we must cut our cloth. We plan to make it a bigger publication but with the same high quality of articles and information. You will still be able to read it online,
Our monthly Live Nights performers will continue to be published on our blog and on Facebook.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Space Inside Poetry Contest Winners

Martin Swords announced the winners of our 2010 poetry contest to a packed Space Inside Live Night, last night. Commenting on the high standard of the entries and imaginative use of the phrase 'space inside', Martin began by recounting various lines from poems which he felt were particularly worthly of mention.

Drum roll . . .

The winner of the Space Inside Poetry Contest 2010 is
Jane Clarke from Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow with her poem Anniversary

Anniversary

He's alive in our house;
his books talk to ours on the shelves.

His photograph above the piano,
violin tucked under his chin.

You play the pieces he arranged,
quote his sayings and stories,

read his fountain-penned notebook
of favourite poems, Yeats, Frost

and Verlaine, for what they tell
about the space inside him.

I see you running to keep up
as he wallks Three Rock Mountain,

insisting you listen to what he has learned
about Satre and Tielhard de Chardin.

Today I dig compost into the tired clay,
plant heathers and snowdrops on his grave.

You watch and muse how it might have been
had he lived past your teens.


Our second winner is Edward Ryan of Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow with The Space Inside

The Space Inside

For each of us a 'space inside'
Where our loving feelings bide
Some mystery too, the strangest thing
It grows the more with emptying.

Congratulations to our worthy winners who were presented with their prize hampers on the night by Carol Boland - chairperson of Space Inside, who went on to thank everyone who entered into the spirit of the Space Inside's first poetry contest.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sound engineer wanted

AJ, our sound man, has moved. A big thank-you to him for his great work on the sound desk over the years. We wish him and Sinead well in their new venture, Pretty Paws.

Are you interested in getting involved with our Live Night team one night a month? Even if you are only learning about how a sound desk works, contact us. We'd love to hear from you.
Tel: 0851138367 or email us at spaceinside@hotmail.com

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

October '10 Live Night

Tuesday 5th October

Jay Ramsay

Jay Ramsay is the author of over 30 books of poetry, translation and non-fiction. He pioneered the connection between poetry and personal development and has taken his work abroad to America and Europe. His most recent book The Poet in You (O Books) was published in 2009.
Jay comes to us from the UK where his work has been praised by Ted Hughes, Kathleen Raine and Robert Bly. We look forward to hearing his performance. Details of his poetry workshop, Edges, on 2/3 October in Bray, are shown on page 6 of the Space Inside Journal
http://www.jayramsay.co.uk/

IN BOWOOD LIBRARY
Bowood House, near Calne, Wilts.

The flattened skin as if ironed without a crease
to the edge of the claws and the tail, lifeless in 2D
at the centre, in front of the fireplace: jaws, sabre teeth
wedged open under taxidermist’s eyes
for fierceness—to rationalize
the murder that was yours, for sport
for proof of our pathetic domination.

Your leonine hide stretched like savannah,
the earth from the air, where gazelle and zebra
and wildebeest cross and pink flamingos
cloud above wherever there is water
but there’s none here, only dry musty leatherbound
books on the rising shelves; with their soporific smell
in the afterlunch haze...and above them
painted into the ceiling’s moulding, in relief,
the faces of the Greek philosophers in profile
impassive as vases.

So we ruled
and now we pay the price

and as we stand to leave, to breathe the sunlight,
the alarm goes off...as the suspects exit,
breaking the trance of centuries.

Jay Ramsay


Conor O’Donnell

In 2000, Conor O' Donnell teamed up with Tom Galvin to form an Irish and American folk band, playing in pubs around County Wicklow. As The Big Muddy, they toured the US and could often be found gigging in Portland Oregon. Conor’s mission was to bring great American style music to Ireland and, last June, the Americana and Roots weekend was launched in Greystones, to great acclaim. Tonight, Conor plays solo giving us a taste of his folk roots with lively version of songs by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

School of Rock

Celebrating 10 years, WSMD presents Summer School of Rock 2010, featuring some of the bands from this year’s camp ready to rock you with old and contemporary tunes. This is another chance to see the bands following their performance on Culture Night.

Space Inside Poetry Contest Winners

Martin Swords, contest adjudicator, will announce the winners of the Space Inside Poetry Contest. The winning poems will be read on the night and prizes awarded to the lucky winners.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Space Inside AGM

The Space Inside AGM is on Thursday 2 September in the lobby of the Grand Hotel, Wicklow at 6.30pm.

All are welcome to attend.

A report of the meeting together with Chairperson's report will be posted on this site.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Poetry Contest - Deadline Extended


To give all you aspiring poets out there time to enter
our poetry competition we have extended the deadline to
thursday 30th September.



We are delighted to have the poet Martin Swords, of
Wicklow Writers' fame, to adjudicate the competition
- to keep it all above board!

Thanks to all those who have already entered but we need more poems . . .
Help us to make our target of 50 poems and send us your entry today!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Space Inside Poetry Competition

The Space Inside team is taking a break for the summer.

We will be back in October with more performers and our great magazine - if we can raise the funds!

In the meantime, here are details of our fund-raising poetry competition:


The Space Inside are running their first poetry competition, which is open to all ages.

All you have to do is write a poem inspired by the words ‘the space inside’.

The poem can be about anything from the space inside your head, to the space inside a box.

Let your imagination go wild!

The winner will receive a hamper crammed with lots of chocolate, wine and other goodies. The runner-up will receive a smaller hamper crammed with just as delicious goodies. Both poems will be published in the Space Inside journal and on our blog.

Keep those creative juices working during the summer months and help us raise funds for our next Space Inside season.

Send your entries with fee of €5,

which covers a max of three poems (max 30 lines each) to:

Anne Graham, The Space Inside, 1 Rocky Road, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow.

Deadline: Friday 10th September


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

June Live Night

Tuesday 1 June 2010


Open Mic Session

You are invited to The Space Inside’s first ever Open Mic Live Night ‘On the Roof’. Weather permitting, the last night of our season will be held on the roof of the Wicklow Sailing Club.


Musicians, poets and singers are welcome to strut their stuff under the stars. Maybe you have already performed at a Live Night or are just gathering up your courage to perform that special song or poem . Either way, you can take one minute or ten of centre stage - the choice is yours.


Always an appreciative audience at the Space Inside, you will not find a friendlier space to perform.


Special Guest: Josh Johnston

Josh Johnson studied Popular Music in the University of Salford, graduating as a pianist, band leader and composer. He is well-known as a versatile musician.

Josh was pianist in the band of Birr singer/ songwriter Roesy for six years, performed on stage and recorded with Kila, Declan O’Rourke, Stewart Agnew, SJ McArdle, NoelieMcDonnell, Irish tenor Karl Scully and others. He is the resident organist at the Unitarian Church in Dublin.


He released his first solo CD, Three Friends in 2000, and a duo disc with jazz (and classical) violinist David MacKenzie.


To ensure a spot, come early and give your name to the person with the clipboard.


If weather inclement, we will be inside around a roaring fire!


If you need any more information, contact us on

M: 0851138367

Friday, April 23, 2010

May Live Night

Tuesday 4 May

Eamon Sweeney

Dr Eamon Sweeney is an early music specialist with performances at the International Guitar Festival of Ireland, Bath International Guitar Festival, and Dundee International Guitar Festival. He is acting director of the Bray VEC Music Centre and is on staff of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

He is also one half of the duo Irish early Music group, Tonos, the other half being Róisín O’ Grady (Soprano). Tonight, he will play Spanish, French and Irish music from the 17th and 18th centuries on his Baroque guitar.



Una Pedreschi
Una Pedreschi is from Wicklow. She started singing when she was fifteen years old, ‘I got introduced to Tori Amos by my music teacher in school and I sang ‘Winter’ for my music practical exams and got an A!’

Una is a member of the successful singing group Celtic Woman and she can also be found on the odd weekend singing in Casa Pepe’s restaurant in Wicklow or Gorey. Her future ambition is to be a successful solo singer and to travel the world.

Una’s influences are ‘Billy Joel, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Musical Theatre, Billy Joel, Alice in Chains, Jewel, my family, my friends, my music teacher Ms Mary Gaffney, my dog Pedro…oh…and Billy Joel!’

She has recorded a number of songs including ‘Umbrella’, which can be found on her MySpace page.



AVOCA

Sean Olohan from Wicklow and Simon Keogh from Dublin have performed together all over Europe, for as long as they care to remember .

This coming Friday May 7th. this entertaining duo will officially open a new Irish Pub near Zurich, Switzerland, called McArthur’s Celtic Pub, and from there will perform in the city of Geneva .

Switzerland is like a second home to these lads. In March, they launched their latest song ‘The man who reached the sky’ - a song about Charles Barrington from Bray who was the first person to climb the Eiger. The band also launched another new song in France called ‘A french connection’ which will be used as the anthem for the twinning of Wicklow and Montigny.

As usual, Simon and Sean look forward to their visit to Wicklow Sailing Club and hope there won’t be too much ‘space inside’ !!



Thursday, March 18, 2010

April Live Night


Tuesday 6 April 2010

Sinead O’Brien
Sinead is a singer, poet and percussionist. She also plays Kamal Ngoni (African harp) which influenced her style of self-taught guitar playing. She studied West African percussion in Ghana, Senegal and the Gambia and plays Sabar, Kpanlogo and Djimbe drums. She also enjoys Udu (Clay drum made by a local potter in Dublin), Congas, Bodhrán and Calabash water drum. . . . and her own hand-made Skwonkaphone. Sinead performs regularly with 'Chloe Goodchild' for her Irish concerts and sang and played percussion with 'Yemanja' (World Music Acapella) for 5 years, which included touring Ireland and TV appearances. For the past 10 years she has been facilitating Voice and Drum Circles. A very original and unique performer, check her out at www.livingrhythm.ie


Beating Time
Beating Time originated as a quartet in 1996, inspired by listening to a ladies barbershop quartet at the Cork Choral Festival. Making their first TV debut on RTE's Open House in 1997, membership quickly grew from the original 8 members to 23. Close harmony - accapella singing - is the essence of barbershop singing. The group’s repertoire covers musical styles ranging from swing and old ballads to gospel and today’s music charts. They are available for Corporate Functions, Weddings, Birthday Parties, or any special occasion. As Members of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers, Beating Time compete each year at the National Convention and over the years, have taken the Gold Medal six times for Best Female National Chorus. In October 2009 Beating Time walked away with Silver at the 21st Anniversary Convention at the Helix, Dublin. Check them out at: www.beatingtime.org


Quarantine Hill
Quarantine Hill is a band with a new look and sound. Starting out as ‘Radiowaves’ in March 2003, the band produced their debut album "Keep My Silence". The Album received a good reaction and exceeded expectations locally. With new musicians joining the band, a fresh new name was required and so ‘Quarantine Hill’ was born - Quarantiine Hill is the name of a street in Wicklow Town.
Their new album ‘Quicksand’ is available from their website at: www.quarantinehill.com
Quarantine Hill are Mickey Lacey - Acoustic Guitar and Vocals. Rob Rowden - Drums and Backing Vocals, Luke Lacey - Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals, and Ian Tobin - Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals.

Friday, February 26, 2010

March Live Night

Tuesday 2nd March 2010

Aphrodite Lion and the Clam-Jams!
Aphrodite Lion aka Anne Graham is a singer/songwriter who is currently working on songs for an album which she hopes to complete by the end of the year. The majority of the songs she will perform tonight “are like the lament of a jaded prom queen who has to sort out her teenage issues in order to move onto adulthood.” Her influences are varied and include the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, Sleater-Kinney, Fever Ray, St. Vincent, Vivaldi and Lady Gaga. Anne will be joined on the night by Michael Tinsley with whom she has recently been writing songs. A number of songs, masterfully recorded in his kitchen, bathroom and stairwell can be found on www.myspace.com/aphroditelion.

Neil Tierney & Martin Swords
Neill Tierney and Martin Swords present an eclectic mix of music and music related poems.
Neill Tierney is a skilled guitarist whose style and rhythm has to be seen and heard to be believed. He has performed before in Space Inside to great acclaim.
Martin Swords, a well known member of Wicklow Writers, accompanies Neill with a selection of his own music inspired poems.


Kwela Kwela
Kwela Kwela was originally formed in 1995, recording and touring in Ireland in that year. Members then were Punka Khoza, TJM Tutty and Stuart Smyth, and the band played a mix of African and Irish traditional music - before such mixes became popular with musicians here. Sadly Punka has since passed away and Stuart has moved on to other things in life.
Kwela Kwela members are now TJM Tutty, bass guitar, from the original line up, who is joined by Angolan native and master percussionist-drummer Mario Ngoma, a long-time resident of Wicklow. George Tshilumba from the Congo is on guitar and vocals, and Sean Sourke from Naas, on guitar, complete the line up.
The band plays its own music and anything is possible on the night.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

February Live Night

Tuesday 2 February 2010







Mealla Tarrant is in her third year of primary school teacher training in Froebel College, Blackrock. Opening a youtube account and posting music videos gave her enough confidence to begin playing and singing in small venues. In December, she was the opening act for popular Cork band, Fred, and since then has began searching for more venues in which to be heard. Mealla sings cover songs accompanied by acoustic guitar. Artists she covers include Oasis, Paolo Nutini and Dire Straits.








Rory O’Sullivan is a young poet whose influences are two of the greats: Yeats and Kavanagh. ‘I like talking, but some say I talk too much. I like dancing, but I'm told I'm a terrible dancer. I like smiling at people, who like smiling back. There is a stillness in music and words that captures me. Music and words come hand in hand, let them help you, let them heal you, for that is their purpose, and that's why I write.’

Winner of the Xmas Factor ’09 Writing competition held in Wicklow Library, Rory is also a keen songwriter and musician and plays in the band, ‘Rebel Diamond’. Rory’s poetry performance will be accompanied by music.


The day the colour fell

I lay and watched as it came down

Sweeping its beauty all across the town

Like paint splashing on a page

It dropped like glitter away from its cage.

The town was then left in black and white

No more emotion no wrong or right

We were left just floating our colour left behind

Nothing left to fight for no love left to find.

It shakes the hearts of all,

As on this day I tell

Of A day we shall remember,

The day the colour fell.


Rory O’Sullivan








Wicklow Piper

This piper is a member of St. Patrick’s Pipe Band. Founded in 1946, the band has been entertaining people not only in Wicklow but as far away as France and England. The task of passing on the tradition of piping is in the hands of the current Pipe Major, Joe Hanlon; in charge of drumming is the Drum Sargeant, Micheal O'Neill. New members are always welcome. Practice takes place in St. Patrick’s Boys School Prefab on Mondays, (drums only), Tuesday (Full Band) and Friday nights (Pipes only) from 7.30pm - 9.00pm.

A first for the Space Inside!