Culture Vultures – What Exactly Is It?

Culture Vultures? It’s an as-and-when-required ‘salon’-themed pop culture event, curated/hosted/presented 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 Lisa O’Neill, Nick Kelly, HamsandwicH, Jack O’Rourke, The Riptide Movement, Cathy Davey, Little Green Cars, We Cut Corners, David Keenan, and Divine Comedy; spoken word/comedy include Colm Keegan, Eleanor Tiernan, Fred Cooke, Doireann Ni Ghriofa, Colm O’Regan, Erin Fornoff, and Natalya O’Flaherty; public interviews have included playwright Mark O’Rowe, actors Liam Cunningham and Domhnaill Gleeson, Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan, comedy writer Arthur Mathews (Fr Ted, Big Train, Toast), Neil Hannon (of Divine Comedy), Oscar-nominated film directors Lenny Abrahamson and Tomm Moore, author John Boyne, actress/director Antonia Campbell-Hughes, sean-nos singer Iarla O Lionaird (of The Gloaming), visual artist Alice Maher, and performance artist Amanda Coogan.

Culture Vultures also makes regular appearances at Irish music and arts festivals – these include Vantastival, Quiet Lights, Dublin Bowie Festival, and Galway Folk Festival – as well as popping up at bespoke events overseen by art galleries (including Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co Louth) and record labels (including Universal Music, and Rubyworks). Bespoke events have included exclusive interviews with musicians, actors, artists, performance artists, playwrights, 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 somewhere between 60-70 minutes) 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 your business or company wishes to stage a more bespoke-style event with a broader remit or brief – please get in touch (tclaytonlea@gmail.com).

Next up: Culture Vultures is due to make an appearance at Quiet Lights Festival, Cork, in November 2022. For regular updates, follow on Twitter: @CVultures_ and @TonyClaytonLea

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