Shakalak is the brainchild of poetician John Cummins and musician Fin Divilly. The journey from friends to forming a band happened instantly along with the addition of experienced musical minds Johnny Jude and David Meany. A love of lyric and melody is the heart foundation of their creativity.
MUSIC DECLARES EMERGENCY
6pm - 8.30pm | Performance Tent on the Square
semi acoustic performances | short sets
Music Declares Emergency is a group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. We believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future. With the help of some of Ireland’s leading musicians and activists, we ask you to join us in declaring a climate emergency and to work towards making the cultural and operational changes necessary to contribute towards a carbon neutral future.
BlueFire Street Fest is the first Irish organisation to launch a Music Declares Emergency event and we would like to extend our thanks and applause to the Irish artists who have all stepped up to bring this campaign to your attention. See programme below
Farah El Neihum, known as ‘Farah Elle’, is a singer-songwriter, whose distinctive music reveals something of the beauty in the ephemeral every day. Farah has eclectic influences, including Arabian echoes from her Libyan background. Based in Dublin, she moved to Ireland with her family as a child.
Her ethos as an artist is to spread positivity, empathy, creativity, wellbeing, and growth in our society. Farah also runs creative coaching classes and programs using music, poetry and movement to improve self-expression, performance anxiety, integration, and well-being. Elle performs a combination of solo & full band shows regularly.
Some of her other work and collaborations, such as “Oh Honey”, a feature with American Hip-hop group CunninLynguists, and “Feel It Out” (a collaboration track with BANTUM), are also available on Spotify.
Irish Alt-Folk group Macushla have come together with the aim of bringing their unique and exciting original music to the European folk, rock and world music concert circuit. Described as “raw and exciting”, and blending their combined experience of many styles of music, they create a distinctive and edgy sound rooted in Irish traditional music and song. Macushla have already completed concert tours in Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy, where they played the prestigious Triskell International Celtic Festival in Trieste.
The unique Macushla sound is made up by frontman, guitarist and vocalist Brian Brody, Andy Slowey on Bass, Al Cowan on drums and percussion, Goshia Gasior on violin and vocals, and multi instrumentalist Matt Hanaphy on guitar, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki and vocals.
Macushla have received many comparisons, the most regular of which would be The Pogues, The Waterboys and even The Dubliners, but with a fresh contemporary feel to their music.
Outsider YP, previously known as Young Phantom and one part of Cork/Tralee hip-hop collective ApocalypsE, struck out with his first official solo release in July 2015. That debut came fresh off a victorious rampage through the Irish gig and festival circuit, including an appearance at Body & Soul. Ever since then he has continued to establish himself as a solo artist and has been featured on the BBC and The Thin Air as well as getting his music aired by SPIN South West, RTE 2MX and more. An alternative and conceptual artist he has continued working and growing ever since, pushing the boundaries of genres with his ever changing music.
Recorded, mixed and mastered at his very simple home studio in Cork City, debut album Sadboy ULTRA was sonically a hip-hop album with very little rapping and a lot of alternative and indie nuances, purposely not perfectly polished and slightly rough around the edges. Working on a number of collaborations with fellow members of the Outsiders Ent collective, he is releasing new solo material in the run up to a second album project.
Munky are four Irish musicians who find labels difficult. Their music flows from trashy funk to psych-punk. They released their debut EP in April 2019 to critical acclaim as well as garnering 20k streams in less than a week. It contained the singles You've Got Male, and One in Five, the later of which was written in aid of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre with all proceeds from streams and sales going to the DRCC. On the back of the EP and their popular live shows, the band toured Europe with the legendary Arizona Psych-rockers The Meat Puppets, as well as festivals up and down the country.
Munky are releasing their next single "Megaton" on September 27th. Recorded by Dan Doherty (Fontaines D.C, Somebody's Child, Vulpynes), the song is an eerie, roaring boogie, fusing a tight hip-hop groove with harrowing guitar tones and and equal parts unsettling and facemelting chorus. The song deals with themes of guilt and ecological disaster, set to a post-apocalyptic backdrop.