Kickin’ the Wall video from The Claddagh Rogues’ last album

Saturday 14 January 2017 

TriskelChristchurch, Tobin Street, Cork City 

12-5 pm

Free event | All welcome 

First Fortnight, the annual arts and mental health festival, is back in Cork this January with Rebel Rhythms, a full day of music, visual art, spoken word and discussion.

James O’Flynn and his band The Claddagh Rogues have battled their fair share of demons to consistently produce passionate music rooted in their troubled lives. Born out of Cork’s Simon Community, which cares for the homeless and those at risk, The Claddagh Rogues have been going strong for nearly 10 years. Their new album ‘For the Record’ pays tribute to fellow founder member Mags Kelly and will be launched with a live performance featuring guest John Spillane.

Rebel Rhythms also features special performances by John Spillane and Bantry Community Choir, a visual art and music installation by Tomasz Madajczak & The Happiness Ensemble, and spoken word performances exploring mental health. The Project Spaces will host a panel discussion featuring Dr. Pat Bracken and guest artists. 


Main Stage

*Drop in event*

MC: Pearse McCarthy, 96FM

12pm: Bantry Community Choir

12.30pm: John Spillane

1pm: Dr Pat Bracken launches ‘For the Record’ by The Claddagh Rogues followed by a live performance featuring guests John Spillane & Bantry Community Choir

2pm: ‘Confusion. Creativity. Clarity.’ Five local artists, who use creativity as a tool to deal with mental health issues, perform a selection of poetry, music and art

3.10pm: Through Light and Sound: Ritual – Tomasz Madajczak & The Happiness Ensemble

Project Spaces

*Registration essential for panel discussion.*

4pm: Panel discussion on mental health chaired by Ann O’Connor, Arts Council, Arts Participation Adviser, with Dr Pat Bracken, Clinical Director of the Mental Health Service in West Cork, musician Peter Fitzpatrick and visual artist Tomasz Madajczak. 

Acoustic musical interlude with M’ide Houlihan.

REGISTER for panel discussion:

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First Fortnight is a charity-based organisation with the express aim of challenging mental health prejudice through the creative arts. Founded in 2009, First Fortnight staged its first two-week arts festival in 2012. The charity has since become a mental health service provider with the establishment in 2013 of the First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies. 

For the Record is available for digital download here.

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