The Young Folk-Musictown/Spring Awakening
MusicTown 2015 and The Lab present a lunchtime gig with Ireland's foremost alternative-folk-pop band The Young Folk, as part of the 'Spring Awakening' open day to launch the new Northside initiative Culture Dublin 1.
This fun, free lunchtime performance will take place in Dublin City Councils Arts Office gallery, The Lab, between 13.05 and 13.55.
The Young Folk is perhaps as much a philosophy as it is a name. Hardly a strict folk outfit, The Young Folk acknowledge their folky influences while asserting their own youthful personae with a self-composed alt-folk-pop live set that can include (but is not limited to) acoustic and electric guitars, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo, trombone, melodica, xylophone, harmonica, etc.
The Young Folk have spent the last couple of years filling some of Dublin's favourite venues, as well as tours in the UK, USA and Canada, and performances at SXSW, MIDEM, Cambridge Folk Festival, Electric Picnic and others.
The Young Folk are now on the cusp of entering the studio to record the follow up to their debut album The Little Battle, released in 2014. Perhaps further eschewing the folky sound they started out with, the new material may see the band embracing new genres with increased fervor.
Spring Awakening - an open day of culture in Dublin 1.
Spring Awakening is the inaugural event for Culture Dublin 1 - an organisation dedicated to promoting awareness and engagement with cultural institutions in the Dublin 1 postcode.
Spring Awakening will be an open day of culture, where you can step inside some of Dublin's most venerated buildings and celebrate this often-overlooked area of the city centre.
Take an Argentine tango lesson, learn about Georgian architecture, get re-acquainted with Joyce or learn how to write a novel. For Spring Awakening, these buildings and activities are yours to explore and enjoy.
Other events to avail of as part of the Culture Dublin 1 Spring Awakening day on Thursday 16 April:
Dublin City Literary Bike Tour
Irish Writers Centre and Dublin City Bike Tours invite you to get to know the literary history behind the Dublin 1 area with a free bike tour 3pm. Arrive 30 minutes beforehand and bring appropriate waterproof gear!
Tour leaves from Isaac's Hostel.
Hugh Lane Gallery
Free children's workshops in the front hall, guided tours of the exhibitions and late opening until 8pm.
James Joyce Centre
Free Joycean walking tours (6pm and 7pm) with emphasis on the local area. Free entry to the James Joyce Centre.
Darc Space Gallery
Free talks from the Architectural Preservation Society and tours of North Great George's Street.
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Irish Writers Centre: Free 'Novel Writing Workshops'
- 'Beginning Your Novel, Developing Your Idea' – Rob Doyle
- 'Finishing Your Novel, Executing Your Idea' – Mary O'Donnell
7pm Launch of the Novel Fair
Free performance of Val O'Donnell's 'Flann's Yer Only Man' at 8pm
The Pillar Room at the Rotunda
Argentinean Tango Fiesta Evening – open classes from 7pm with a tango display and an open dance at 10pm
Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery
Late opening until 8pm with free hardback Hillsboro publications for all attendees and reduced rates!
Dublin Writer's Museum
Late Opening from 5 – 7.30pm and a performance of Neil O' Shea's 'The Writers Entertain' at 6pm
Open evening to view the stunning refurbished surroundings of Belvedere House
Late opening until 8pm of 'Dead Zoo'