So what is Ukulele Tuesday all about? It’s a bunch of people getting together to bash out some tunes on a tiny four-stringed instrument. This group of passionate players of all levels meet every tuesday in The Stag’s Head (Dame Lane) to play a melting pot of fun songs to sing along. They’re one of our favourite groups as no matter who you are, or whether or not you enjoy the ukulele, you can’t help but have a good time.
Morro 16 is a vibrant samba ensemble based in Dublin, Ireland. Their signature style of samba is ‘batucada’, typically played at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro and other cities around Brazil. Their live percussive performances are infectious, bringing the energy, rhythm and vibe of Rio carnival to the streets & clubs of Ireland. Morro 16 first played together on the Hill 16 terrace of Croke Park during the Ireland vs. Brazil soccer friendly in 2008 and have played at some of Ireland’s largest festivals since!
Carlinhos’ Brazilian singer-songwriter music is a fusion of traditional Brazilian rhythms and contemporary lyrics and melodies that speak to the diversity of the Everest! Cruz started playing music aged 10 in the bustling city of São Paulo, Brazil. Since moving to Europe 5 years ago Carlinhos’ music has taken on the stories of his travels. Carlinhos sings in Portuguese, English & Spanish. He continues to return to Brazil for gigs while enjoying playing for audiences around Ireland and all over Europe.
The Vulture Collective is a Dublin-based band that formed at the beginning of 2016. Combining the jazz rhythms of Sebastian Fric, percussive guitar stylings of Gareth Curtis, Ruth’s soaring vocals, and Carl the Jazzman wailing on the cornet, their music is a scavengers’ mishmash of gypsy swing and crusty funk, with just a dash of hip-hop. They’ve recently been part of the Sunday residency in the Barber’s Bar in Stoneybatter, and we’re delighted to have another local band with us as part of 2017’s line up.
Forró Dublin is presenting a home-grown forró band, playing mostly traditional forró songs, with rich ballads on an all-acoustic set from a three-piece band that includes a drum, accordion and triangle. Forró is a Brazilian roots style of music, dance and culture from the north east of the country. Forró Dublin and their resident band Namangaia entertain Irish forrozeiros every week in Three Spirits Brazilian Bar & Grill on Capel Street, with our regular DJ and classes.
Founded only this year, Raices de Venezuela have already been a force for good amongst Venezuelan and Irish alike. Their vision is to share some of their culture, and highlight the best of their country through their dances. They are also valiantly passionate about providing a smile & fresh air to Venezuelans in Ireland who’ve had to leave their country. “This South American country is full of charm and rhythm; music is in our blood and we want to share that with the world”
Bollywood Beats has the skill of providing dance classes and workshops for all ages and abilities. Bollywood dancing is a dance of self expression and drama, and Bollywood Beats aims to provide a platform for students to perform at various events so they can gain confidence in expressing themselves along with enjoying dance and the rhythm of bollywood music. There biggest gig to-date is Electric Picnic.
Alma Boliviana is a dancing group, whose members are from Bolivia and other countries. Their main objective is to promote Bolivian culture and folklore in Ireland through their dances. For BlueFire Street Fest ‘17, they will perform three dances – the cheerful Carnavalito dance; Caporal,originated in La Paz and Tobas, a folkloric dance that speaks of the ancient past of Bolivia. It has roots in a time when the Incas were the predominant force in the Andean highlands region.
Mona is a recognized Brazilian Zouk dancer and teacher living in Dublin. She began to dance at the age of four, with a background in traditional Irish dancing and ballroom including jive, foxtrot and waltz. She has performed and danced with different dance companies throughout Ireland & the UK. Today she specialises in Brazilian Zouk and teaches classes & workshops in Ireland and throughout europe. She brings her students and Zouk facilitators to BlueFire Street Fest on International ZoukDay. Let’s Celebrate with them!
Kevin Higgins, published author, co-organiser of Over the Edge literary events, and Creative Writing Director for the NUI Galway Summer School, has been praised by Observer columnist Nick Cohen, Tony Blair’s biographer John Rentoul, and Sunday Independent columnist Gene Kerrigan, among others. He has been quoted in The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Independent, and The Daily Mirror. The Stinging Fly magazine recently described Kevin as “likely the most read living poet in Ireland.”
Describing herself as an “Irish-Indian poet, reflective development researcher, academic and small-brown woman”, Nita has worked with international NGOs and written in peer reviewed journals. Her inspired poetry will touch on subjects such as, memories of an Indian past, women’s stories and ancestry.
James Moran is a comedian and theatre maker in Dublin. His performances involve surreal and digressive storytelling, solo-performances of sitcom scripts, and multi-media. He has performed around Ireland in festivals, theatres and galleries, as well as internationally. His show, the Assassination of Pope Urban II is showing as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2017.
Felicia Olusanya, known by the stage name, FeliSpeaks, is a spoken word artist, dreaming to change the face of poetry in Ireland. Paving her way through slams and poetry competitions, she has come a long way in performing and sharing poetry that reflects her life.Drawing on personal experiences of love, life and the social concerns of young people to create work, her poems will last long in the memory of anyone who dares to listen.
Ben Bernie has been a comedian for 2 years, he has performed all over Ireland, Scotland at Edinburgh Fringe, and in Germany. He is the founder of the Wet Yourself Comedy Club in Wexford. His weird sense of humor will make you feel sorry him and then be disgusted by him all within a few short minutes.
Acclaimed circus performer Ruichi will amaze you with his artistically crafted circus act. Speaking of his persona, he says: “Growing up, I found a link to my ancestors through Asian films and animation. To prevent that line from breaking ever again, I have reinvented an imaginary version of myself. As a consequence of that dream, Riuchi was born.” He has been the recipient of awards by the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork City Council, the French Embassy, Culture Ireland and recently has been recognized as the prominent Emerging Irish Circus Performer 2016.