Culture Vultures? It’s an as-and-when-required 'salon'-themed pop culture event, co-curated (at venues) by promoter/event organiser Andrea Keogh, and co-curated/hosted/presented (at festivals/venues) by me. It consists, essentially, of words and music.
The ‘words’ part features a public interview, and there is also some form of spoken word/comedy and music in the blend. Past events have featured music from September Girls, Cat Dowling, Hattie Webb, Lisa O’Neill, Daithi, Join Me In The Pines, Nick Kelly, Ham Sandwich, Jack O'Rourke, Maud in Cahoots, Cathy Davey, Little Green Cars, We Cut Corners, Heathers, and Divine Comedy; spoken word/comedy acts include Three Men Talking, Eleanor Tiernan, Fred Cooke, Colm O’Regan, Sean Nolan, Erin Fornoff, and John Cummins; public interviews have included playwright Mark O’Rowe, author Glenn Patterson, actor Liam Cunningham, Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan, comedy writer Arthur Mathews (Fr Ted, Big Train, Toast), Neil Hannon (of Divine Comedy), Oscar-nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson, author John Boyne, actress Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Richie Egan (of the band Jape), and performance artist, Amanda Coogan.
Culture Vultures also makes regular appearances at Irish music and arts festivals - these include Indiependence, Kilkenny TradFest, Castlepalooza, First Fortnight, Winter Music Festival, Vantastival, and BARE In The Woods - as well as popping up at bespoke events. Bespoke events have included exclusive interviews with musicians, actors, authors and film directors.
Culture Vultures at festivals is a different, snappier affair than it usually is in a venue with four walls and a roof: it's more jam-packed, because we take into account that the more people we have on the line-up the better it is to grab festival goers' roaming attention spans. The other benefit of Culture Vultures at festivals is that it provides (across a running time of about two hours) something a little bit different for the curious festival goer to experience. If you think Culture Vultures would be something you'd like to see at your festival or venue - or if you wish to generate a more bespoke-style event - please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be further Culture Vultures events taking place over the summer months - you will be duly advised across various social media avenues!
Next up: Culture Vultures will be popping up at festivals Vantastival (Sunday June 4, featuring Mark Geary, Nix Moon, Orchid Collective, Frankenstein Bolts), Indiependence (August 4-6), and more tbc during the summer. Culture Vultures at The Sound House, Dublin, July 12, features music from and interview with The Riptide Movement.