What’s On in May-June 2023

Lots to choose from….

This month’s arts roundup features a bush dance in Adelaide, Bloomsday in Melbourne’s 30th anniversary season with Exiles, Joyce’s only play, Irish language introductory talks in Adelaide, and an opportunity to learn to play the accordion online

Celtic Music Club

South Australia

Bloomsday’s Revival of James Joyce’s Exiles

Exiles (1919), James Joyce’s only play, explores questions key to his masterpiece Ulysses (1922). What is love? If love is constrained by conventional bonds of fidelity, is it love at all? This surprisingly modern take on polyamory and its dark side, jealousy, is a rare dramatic gem that must not be missed in its Victorian premiere. Recently remounted in the West End and Broadway, it was widely praised for its contemporary themes and exploration of love and sex. A rarely performed Joycean collector’s item, this is its Victorian première.

Join us for the Thirtieth anniversary of Bloomsdays in Melbourne

Where: Fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

When: 15-25 June 2023, various times

Bookings for Exiles, Lunch and Seminar and more information about all three events: Bloomsday website

Gasra na Gaeilge, Adelaide

Sean Quinn

Dia duit ! (Hello)

Have you ever wanted to learn a few words (cúpla focal) of Irish? Have you been trying to learn on the internet or perhaps have attended a few classes in the past ? Now is your chance to kick start your learning. Gasra na Gaeilge (The Irish Language Centre for South Australia) is offering a 4 week brief introduction to Irish at The Adelaide Irish Club delivered by our volunteers.

Learn a few words and practice in a friendly environment . Make links with the Adelaide Irish language community. Guest presenters each week presenting on an element of Irish culture also.

$50 for all 4 weeks.

Saturday mornings 10 am – 12.30 PM on

May 13th, 20th, 27th and June 3rd 2023.

For more information gasranagaeilge@gmail.com 

How to play the accordion

Hailing from the Renvyle Peninsula in West Connemara, Luke Gannon grew up surrounded by traditional music. Watching his grandfather, Paddy Gannon, playing the accordion at a cousin’s wedding when he was just 8 years of age inspired the start of his own journey just three years later. Luke comes from a musical lineage. His great great grandmother’s first cousin, Michael Canavan was the first button accordion player in the Renvyle Peninsula. Luke started playing professionally at the age of 13 along with other young local musicians and subsequently went on to win county and provincial titles at the Fleadh Cheoil as well as representing his county in numerous All-Ireland competitions. His self-composition journey took off during those formative years and has now culminated in the creation of over 60 original tunes including Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Polkas, Barndances, Waltzes and Laments.

Luke has featured on Raidió na Gaeltachta on multiple occasions and according to Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha (Head of Traditional Music at Raidió na Gaeltachta) he is a musician ‘mature beyond his years.’ ‘Luke has his own distinct style of accordion playing, with a hint here and there of the master accordionists that influenced him over the years.’’

Multi-All Ireland Winning Accordion Player, PJ Hernon is also an admirer. ‘I asked Peter Horan one time what would his advice be for a young musician and he told me to listen to all the great musicians and then do my own thing. Obviously, Luke has done this very well. He plays with heart and soul. He’s an inventive player of Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Barndances and Waltzes. He’s a great player.’’

We wish Luke well in bringing the love of Irish music online to the world at http://irishaccordionlessons.com/