Opera for Carlow

Oh, it’s all very exciting, honest! There is going to be an Opera in Carlow, for Carlow! We must be very important down here!

Visual, in association with the very artistic people in the Carlow authorities thought about this very idea 3 years ago. The Opera will be written by Brian Irvine and Peter Morgan Barnes, these 2 men happen to be extremely talented songwriters. Fergus Sheil will be conducting it all, Fergus has worked with loads of orchestras like the Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the RTE Concert Orchestra, just to name a few.

The project is going to take just under a year and last month, an advertisement went out, searching for local people to lend their voices for this massive event.

I thought it sounded amazing so I trekked along to Visual, expecting to be overwhelmed by experienced singers. There were few obviously experienced and trained singers but a lot of people who are just like me-have an okay voice that needs a lot of work!

The project is to made into a 7-part series for Lyric FM and the National Symphony Orchestra are going to be playing alongside the group. I’ve heard that Aspiro are involved too, which makes sense. I did think it was a huge gamble to take just relying on local people.I would say that Aspiro will make up the biggest part of the group as I cannot imagine that it works on the premise “If you want to be in it, you can!” Perhaps, we will see!

The “audition” consisted of a 2 hour workshop, which was energetic and fun. I have the opportunity to volunteer for a worthwhile, community event while gaining musical, singing and performance skills. At the end, we took part in a solo-type circle singing activity, which took the pressure away from nervous people.

The next workshop is tonight and I’m really looking forward to it. I think it’s really going to push me in a dramatic way that I’ve never experienced before.

I’ll keep you posted!

Roadworks in carlow part 231

It’s beoming like game to me.
How many roadworks can I spot in one day in the town of Carlow?
Here’s another one in the Dinn Ri car park.
I asked them what they were doing.
“just scitting” they replied immediately.
Or maybe, I made that last bit up.

The Ploughing Championships begin with the town in a mess!

The Ploughing Championships have returned to Athy for the 2nd year in a row. They cause great excitement for farmers indeed. The traffic is chaotic and all accommodation is booked out.

Carlow Town is being dug up at the minute. Everywhere you look, there’s a roadwork, builder scratching his head or a JCB. I hate the way they dig the road up, do what they have to do and leave the road in a general bad state of repair.The area by the Bus stops is being pulled apart to make way for some sort of mezzanine. The old Town Hall at the bottom of Dublin street is being demolished. The Green Road has a big pit going right through it. The River Barrow is being moved to prevent future flooding though the papers reckon it won’t help at all.

The council should have left all this roadworks until after the Ploughing. I wonder how long Carlow is going to look a mess for.

Here’s a photo of the Blackbog Road yesterday, there is usually never any traffic on this road.

It’s faster walking!

Lennon’s in Carlow

We are very lucky to have this amazing Art and theatre in Carlow. Visual was built last year and it is on the grounds of St Patricks College and Carlow Cathedral. It’s just nice to walk through. If, you do take a visit to Visual, Mimosa wine bar(one of my fave spots) is on the way!
Lennon’s Cafe is in Visual, which is reattach. Lennon’s bar was an institution for Carlow Town. Until it shut abruptly one day and a bookmakers went in on their premises. We have approximately 2,300 bookies in Carlow Town. Excellent planning.
Lennon’s does great, local food and really good coffee. No wifi but I’m informed this will change. Yes, the food is expensive and you could eat there every day but the food is really good. Try their thick, potato wedges with skinny garlic dip. Good.