Category Archives: Ambiencellist

Populated Solitude

2020 Culture Night in Drogheda, thanks to Brian Hegarty, Droichead Arts, Arts Council Ireland, Louth County Council and Visual Arts Ireland, saw Populated Solitude having its first outing at the Westcourt Hotel, West Street, Drogheda.

Populated Solitude is part of a walking tour of visual art works situated around the town which are curated by Brian Hegarty and, as Brendan Behan writes in Hold You Hour and Have Another “If you don’t get up and get down town you’d hear nothing” (Behan 1963, 18)

Creative ideas for the project stem from the idea of connections throughout the COVID19 Pandemic. From the initial contact by Brian Hegarty, inviting me to create a work for Culture Night 2020; in reading a post by Sean Collins in the Facebook Group Drogheda Down Memory Lane, alerting us to the announcement that the Westcourt Hotel was to close. Sean provided an incredible timeline of the history of the Westcourt Hotel, including Paul Murphy’s words about the hotel in 1963; in contacting Paul Murphy to ask him to talk about his memories of meeting Brendan Behan in The White Horse Hotel.

Following the initial inspirations I started to ‘pick-up’ audio recordings, such as the recording with Paul Murphy; photographs, such as the old photograph in Sean Collins’ thread about the Westcourt; and text, from both Paul Murphy’s original story from the Drogheda Independent in 1963, and Brendan Behan. I searched for works published by Brendan Behan in 1963, eventually buying some of Behans books from ebay and discovering the lines: “If you don’t get up and get down town you’d hear nothing, nor find out what they’re saying about you. And God send, they’re saying something. Good or bad, it’s better to be criticized than ignored” in Hold Your Hour and Have Another (Behan 1963, 18)

The creation of the collection of sound, vision and text has resulted in a performance using content with an online presence and a physical presence.

Populated Solitude poster, Culture Night 2020.

The QR codes, which can be read by simply pointing the camera of a mobile phone at them, reveal a wordpress blog which introduces the creative ideas and inspirations surrounding the project; an interview with Paul Murphy, former editor the Drogheda Independent who in 1963 met Brendan Behan in the White Horse Hotel; and the work On A Summer Morning In 1963, an audio visual work created using the text, visuals and sounds picked up during the project.

The aim for the project Populated Solitude is to continue to pick up more audio, visuals and texts relating to Drogheda town centre, in order to highlight the histories and connections and to present them in the online settings of WordPress, YouTube and Twitter.

The entire exhibition can be viewed as part of a walking tour in Drogheda until October 3rd.

Scribbledehobble

Hosted by Kaleidoscope September 9, 2020 at 7pm.

Curated by Bernard Clarke.

Featured Artists:

Sue Rynhart & Mike Nielsen, Claire Duff, Cormac Bretnach, Martin Tourish @ & Daire Bracken, Danny McCarthy, Claire Fitch.

Scribbledehobble is the opening word in one of James Joyce’s most important notebooks for Finnegans Wake. One of the key books underlining Finnegans Wake is Sheridan LeFanu’s The House By The Churchyard.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Matchwell both appear in Sheridan LeFanu’s House By The Churchyard. Mrs McNamara, in Chapter 29, and Mrs Matchwell in Chapter 30.

Opening A Budget Of Gossip

Chapter 29

Mrs Macnamara.    

She was not there,  she was not well.   

Whatever her grief was she could not bring herself to tell it.

Toole also caught her thinking of something else in the midst of his best bits of local scandal.

Mrs. Macnamara had received a note, at which she grew pale as the large pat of butter before her.

Come, now, Mullikins.

Show us the note.

Concerning A Certain Woman In Black

Chapter 30

From the Freeman’s Journal.

“Mary Matchwell’s most humble respects attend the Nobility and Gentry. She has the Honor to acquaint them that she transacts all Business relative to Courtship and Marriage, with the utmost Dispatch and Punctuality. She has, at considerable Expense, procured a complete List of all the unmarried Persons of both Sexes in this Kingdom, with an exact Account of their Characters, Fortunes, Ages, and Persons. Any Lady or Gentleman, by sending a Description of the Husband of Wife they would choose, shall be informed where such a One is to be had, and put a Method for obtaining him, or her, in the speediest Manner, and at the smallest Expense. Mrs. Matchwell’s Charges being always proportioned to the Fortunes of the Parties, and not to be paid till the Marriage take Place”

Bernard Clarke recorded the text for Chapter 29 and Martina Murray recorded the text for Chapter 30

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Matchwell will appear at MOLI for Scribbledehobble, presented by Musictown and Kaleidoscope.

Here is also a version of Mrs McNamara on SoundCloud

and here’s a version with both Mrs McNamara and Mrs Matchwell with ambiencellist.

Raven and The Crone

Raven and The Crone

at The New Theatre, Dublin

9th – 11th Jan 2019, 7.30pm

Presented by The New Theatre, Dublin, in association with First Fortnight

Spoken Word Theatre performed by Raven, Nicole Rourke, and Claire Fitch

Directed by Deirdre Molloy

Raven & The Crone are looking for trouble… and worries, your worries, so bring the rough stuff with you. Give it a night out on the town. You might just leave it there. 

Tickets at The New Theatre

Written by: Nicole Rourke, Raven, Deirdre Molloy
Performed by: Nicole Rourke, Raven, Claire Fitch
Directed by: Deirdre Molloy
Music Composition and Sound Design by: Claire Fitch

https://www.facebook.com/events/2234847313205605/

https://www.facebook.com/events/2234847313205605/

Spike Alternative Cello Festival


Spike 

FESTIVAL LAUNCH: Claire Fitch/Open Mic Cellists

Spike, Dublin’s alternative cello festival, will be back for its third installation Friday 8th-Sunday 10th February 2019 in venues across Dublin. After the festival’s hugely successful, entertaining and innovative 2017 & 18 incarnations, the 2019 programme will present unique events with some of the most talented and exciting cello artists & friends from home and abroad.

Then, in the first of the evenings at The Workman’s Club, Irish games composer and cellist Claire Fitch will premiere an interactive gaming piece for cellos and a big screen, commissioned by Spike. Claire, formerly a cellist in the RTÉNSO, has been writing music and creating sound effects for games since 2003, ranging from loud action shooters to quiet and cute educational games. For Spike she has created a project which will call on two cellists to react to movements on screen, as if playing a game, to create a piece of music. After this performance there will be an open mic chance for visiting and resident cellists to perform their own works in five fifteen-minute slots hosted by the festival.

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This is a live recording of the performance at the Workman’s Club, Dublin.

Performers: 
Laptop: Claire Fitch
Cello: Lana Kostic www.lanakostic.com/
Cello: Awen Blandford www.facebook.com/awencello/

Streets of Dublin

Streets of Dublin 

Streets of Dublin. Ruarí O

Ruarí O  has recorded a version of the classic Ralph McTell song from 1969 ‘Streets of London‘.

It is 50 years since the original release but things haven’t changed – different year, different city, different country but same story.

Filmed in Dublin in 2018.  Click to see and hear the video

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Thanks to Anlúan O Coileáin, John Leader, Claire Crehan, Claire Fitch, Eimear Crehan, Jamie Crehan, Tadgh Reilly & Saoirse Lawlor for their help in recording this song and filming this video.

Copyright of Streets of London is owned by Essex Music Group

Eimear: Scars Album Release

Eimear:  Scars

Presenting Scars – the debut album from Irish singer songwriter Eimear. In this show Eimear will take you on a journey of stories from past years, stories of love, life, loss and inspiration. Featuring various guest musicians, each song has its own style and unique element – but all tell a story and all are told by a powerful storyteller. Eimear has been waiting a long time to share these stories with you all and this promises to be a great night. 

Music on the night from:

Claire Crehan on keys
David McDonald on guitar 
Claire Fitch on cello 
Imogen Gunner on violin
Philip Donnery on drums
Saoirse Lawlor & Louise Lennon on backing vocals 


Album art by Callum Knight

Support on the night from Beatrix Nova, an incredible young songwriter who will enchant you with her soulful songs infused with catchy hooks.

The Moat Theatre is delighted to host this event.

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Photos from the night

Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale

The scary podcast with tales of grim real-life doings has been using Ambiencellist tracks.  (Thanks to Mike Boudet)

Sword and Scale has been on the airwaves since 2013, “covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions.”

Check it out.

Episode 109

Episode 107

Episode 100

Narrative Arts Club

09 November · 19:30 – 22:30
Library Bar Extension, Central Hotel
Exchequer Street (off South Great George‘s Street), Dublin 2 
Baile Átha Cliath 
Here’s a recording of one of the stories. by “The Oh-Aissieux”

Eye Soup by Narrative Oh-Aissieux

Lost Souls’ Electronic Cellist at the Narrative Arts Club


Two of Ireland’s most innovative and irreverent storytellers, Adam Wilson and Coilín “The Oh-Aissieux”, present their most gruesome tales of the dead and the undead, while the quick-witted Ambiencellist loops up the goosepimples on cello with electronic effects

Howl

The Howl Ensemble is an experimental installation and community action. It is an open system that will live for six hours on a single day. We invite an audience to listen or participate, to come and go, to become obsessed, to become hungry, to join us or dismiss us. There will be music, poetry, bodies, and change.
This event is the second Dublin statement in a nomadic multi-year conversation with Allen Ginsberg’s long poem Howl…. It is not an adaptation of this poem, but rather an embodied ensemble response.
Food, drink, and musical instruments are welcome at this event. 
A single ticket purchase (€5) will give all-day access from any time, including re-entry, to this event. Some places will be reserved each hour to join the performing ensemble; these tickets will be €10. Individuals who wish to “top-up” an audience ticket to join the performers may do so at the venue on payment of an additional €5
Tickets will be on sale from the 15th of June via the Ten Days In Dublin Festival. They will also be available at the door.
This event is conceived and organized by Nick Johnson.
Thursday 7th July : 12 – 6pm
  
Hello Operator
12, Rutland Place, Dublin.1 
The Howl Ensemble.