Having been flattered to be nominated by Pure M in the Best Festival category of the 2017 Pure M Awards we decided to make the trip to the awards show in Dublin's newest live music venue East Side Tavern for a Free Fringe team night out. Little did we know just what a special night we were in for!
Much to our surprise and delight we were announced as winners of the 'Best Festival' award!! Needless to say celebrations went on till late and we caught up with some old friends and made lots of new ones.
With less than a week to go to the Free Fringe Festival, showcasing some of Ireland’s best unsigned talent, here’s a sneak peek at some of the bands hitting the roads to Leitrim!
The N4 looks sure to be busy with a convoy of singer songwriters, band vans and estate cars bursting with backline kit. Opening the Main Stage on Friday evening at 6.45pm are Ojo. Multi instrumentalists with a repertoire of exotic, spellbinding performances creating their own purple haze. Ojo also play at 6pm on the Forest Stage on the Saturday and Sunday on the Yard Stage at 2.20pm. Dublin based lads The Finns also take the Main Stage on Friday at 7.45pm. A trad-folk duo who will charm you around “Lambay“ and serenade you with “My Home Town”. You can also catch The Finns on our yard stage at 11.25pm on the Friday and kicking off Saturday on the Forest Stage at 12.35pm. Expect banjos, mandolins guitars and great craic. Luke Clerkin travels from Tallaght to Drumcoura. Just him, his hat, and his guitar. A songbook crafted through good times and bad, Luke’s integrity as a singer is unquestionable. He has a few belters in his book and boy he can hold a tune. Watch out for “Stones”, his recent single. Catch him on the Bluestacks Jam Club stage on Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 11.10pm on the Yard Stage and twice on Sunday at 11.45am on the Yard Stage and 1.40pm on the Forest Stage.
Kildare gang Popgun Warfare bring their full ensemble to the Main Stage on Friday night at 10.45pm. A polished set of indie rock/reggae laced with clever hooks and harmonies will have the crowd well warmed up before Youth Mass unleash themselves on Drumcoura City. Make sure to peg your tent down well because Youth Mass are likely to lift the roof off everything in a five-mile radius. Their juggernaut guitar driven tunes, layered with clever percussion, thundering drums and quaint lyrical observations never fail to impress. Don’t be late to the Main Stage at 11.45pm.
If you need a bit of down time make sure to visit the Forest Stage on Sunday. Relax and unwind with Dublin trio Pine The Pilcrow. Their delicate cinematic songs will have you swooning under the Sunday sky at 2.40pm on our Forest Stage. Longford lad Sean Rooney has the world at his feet right now. His versatile vocals take him from an indie kid right through to sway, soul, and pop. His repertoire ranges from smooth lullabies to rock tinged pop. Don’t miss soulful Sean on Saturday at 3.40pm on the Forest Stage, 9pm on the Bluestacks Jam Club stage and on Sunday at 2.40pm on our Main Stage.
You can check out our full schedules at http://www.freefringefest.com/schedules-2017.html
Among the market stalls at Free Fringe Festival 2017 (21st - 23rd July) one you will discover is “One world Creation” who's aim is simple, to sell high quality fair trade products at a fair price.
At the One World Creation stall you will find a wide variety of clothing and accessories for both Men and Woman. including Jackets, Bags, Gloves, Hats, Shawls, T shirts, Ponchos, dresses and range of Children’s wear. Every product One World Creation sell is handmade and has been produced according to Fair Trade principles including transparency in business practices, fair wages for the producers, equal employment opportunities, safe working environments.
One World creation is a family business started by Trish and Paul, who are based in Co. Wicklow. After working in the rag trade for 20 + years they decided to take the plunge and start their own business. So in the summer of 2013 they hit the highways and byways of Ireland selling their wares and meeting lots of like minded people at many music festivals, Art and craft shows and Village Fairs and we are delighted to have them join us at Free Fringe Festival 2017. Pop in for a browse and a friendly chat with Trish and Paul.
If you would like to trade at this year's Free Fringe Festival please complete the application form here.. http://www.freefringefest.com/apply-to-trade.html
In August 2017, Elsa Sinclair will be traveling to Ireland to teach others her ground breaking horse training techniques. In preparation of that clinic Free Fringe Festival will be screening Elsa's groundbreaking and critically acclaimed documentary 'Taming Wild' in our Cinema in the woods.
In 2015, Elsa Sinclair, a professional horse trainer, had an idea. She had found that although she was very successful with the horses she worked with, once she set them free, and gave them an option, the horse didn't always choose to do what she wanted. This got her wondering, and she found a question began to to burn inside her. A question that had to be answered.
What if horses were given a choice? Would they let us ride them? Without force or tools to control, and without bribes to lure them?
Could she start with a wild horse, free and unfettered, develop a language with her, build a system of communication and convince this horse to allow her to ride, voluntarily?
Could she connect with this wild horse in a way so magnetic, beautiful and irresistible that force, tools and bribes were proven unnecessary?
Could this be done within a time limit? One year, start to finish, would this wild horse be won over and allow Elsa to ride? She didn’t know if it could be done, And she certainly didn’t know if it could be done within a year. Could she really leave behind all her training tools and preconceived notions and do something that was completely new?
This was a process that begged to be documented. And so, with the help of some amazing friends, She dove headlong into the project, followed by videographers, and photographers who helped her record it all.
This film is the journey of one wild mustang off the range, Myrnah, a horse with her own mind, strength and sense of independence. One trainer, no tools, just body language. The ups and downs, the trials and frustrations, and the beauty and persevering truths connection brings in its wake.
Taming Wild will be shown once a day during the Free Fringe Film Festival (21st - 23rd July) in our Cinema in the woods at Drumcoura, Leitrim. To See screening times and the full Fringe Film Fest Schedule see: http://www.freefringefest.com/freefringefilmfest.html
As avid supporters of the Irish music scene, the team here at the Free Fringe Festival are delighted to have over sixty unsigned acts taking to the stages at the festival. It’s not often that bands from Dublin, Donegal, Kerry, Waterford, and Cork Google map it to lovely Leitrim all at the same time.
We are celebrating the diverse selection of musical genres that our home-grown artists have to offer. We have seven acts travelling from Donegal. Comedian Pauric Gallagher will put a grin on yer gobs with his endless banter and witty quips on the Parachute Stage.
Also travelling on the N15 are Wolves Of Youth. Serious indie rockers with Snow Patrol tenacity these guys have massive guitar power under the hood driving killer bass lines and finely crafted songs. They could easily compete for the Coronas crown and win hands down.
Derry based popsters Lavengro are gathering pop star status every time they play. A combination of stage presence, confidence, talent and tuneage makes them stand out. Pure pop tarts expect hints of Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, The XX and the 1975. Watch out for the bass player who lashes out the Nile Rogers licks.
Dean Maywood’ s soothing folk vocals will relax and entertain on the Saloon Stage, get ready to be swept away with his track ‘Oilean Na Marabh’.
Stunning songbird Grace Day brings cute harmonies and acerbic lyrics with her lilting velvet vocals, refreshing to hear in this age of endless overproduced girl power junk. Grace stands out as she gives us her quirky observations in song.
Get ready for an urban rap experience straight from the streets of Letterkenny with the coolest dudes in Donegal Phat Kiidz. These guys are so slick, they could cause an oil spillage. Their Late Late Show appearance bringing them the acclaim they really do deserve. Putting a new spin on Irish music Phat Kiidz will bring the Bronx onto the main stage as they headline on Sunday night.
These are just a small selection of the sixty plus acts performing at this years Free Fringe Festival, July 21st - 23rd, Drumcoura City, Leitrim. To see all the acts playing this year see our Line-up page.
Are you a beginner photographer and want to improve your skills?
Here is the opportunity to join Didier Riva for a 90mins ish PhotoStroll around the Free Fringe Festival. The Photostroll group will find interesting subjects to photograph. Didier will give you simple but effective technical tips on speed, aperture, guidelines to improve your composition and develop your sense of observation.
Small group of 10 people maximum (First come first serve)
Bring your SLR camera or phone with fully charges batteries
Saturday 21st at 2pm sharp
Sunday 22nd at 2pm sharp
Meeting point: Outside the Saloon
Didier started photography in Paris in the 80', taking portraits for students at the Actor' Studio, which led to work for the cinema, theatre and music scene (rock, jazz, flamenco) , Didier worked with the Mime Artist Marcel Marceau on his show: le Manteau, for a year.
In 1998 Didier moved to Ireland where he joined the Mullingar camera club and became Licentiate of the Irish Photographic Federation. His work includes reportages for festivals, family events, portraits,product, interior, fine art and anything that inspires him.
Since living in Co.Leitrim his personal work is on Nature and photography for local events. Didier participates in collective and solo exhibitions, runs Nature PhotoWalks and workshops. He is currently working on a series of portraits of creative people.
Instinctive Archery ( IA)
What is it? How does it work?
From the moment you first opened your eyes, you started to learn to co-ordinate your body. Vision combines with body and the other senses, and the mind learns the limits. Actions are achieved initially with trial and error, and sometimes a lot of screaming!
Then comes Pointing, ( i want). Ever noticed when a child points, they are not looking down the arm at the desired object, but the finger is spot on target. Depth perception develops almost at the same time, reaching for anything in range.
In IA we look past a closed hand, ignoring the bow!
As a species, we have evolved from the hunter gatherer. Like throwing a rock! You don't look at the rock but where you want it to hit! Spear, Dart or Frying Pan, you keep throwing / swinging, till you hit. The brain then remembers the parameters from the moment of release.
IA has progressed through thousands of years, giving a technique that uses minimum effort, for maximum consistent result. It has taken minor changes in technique, as mechanics of the bow, and how the arrow is released is understood.
The instinctive method has remained, pretty much the same until recently.
Consistency and accuracy is down to the Archer, at the given moment of the shot, and understanding how the bow will perform under most conditions, (weather, heat, cold etc). The bow becomes a part of the hand, an extension of the mind, in as much as the ridden bicycle is a part of the rider, and control is without conscious thought. Anchoring the arrow to the face before release, gives the brain a consistent location for the muscle memory movements to reach the same point every time, and a baseline for instinctive adjustment.
With modern archery equipment. The archer is operating a piece of technology. Adapting the body to it. Not being a part of it, overriding the eyes and brains instinctive ability, and shutting it off. As such the brain loses the ability to judge range, power, and conditions. The reliance being on restrictive components.
With IA, the mind does the work. Putting the arms in the correct position, to place the arrow into the desired spot on the target, under an almost unlimited set of circumstances.
Want to take a taster lesson?
Come find us in the Round Pen in the Main Yard at Free Fringe Festival, Drumcoura City, Leitrim July 21st - 23rd 2017.
Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArtizanArchery/
Instinctive Archery, Keeping The Simplicity Safety
Although generally considered by most people as a sport, Archery is the controlled safe use of a Lethal Weapon, and as such there is no such thing as a 'Toy' bow. If it can project an Arrow, it can cause injury, or even death.
Be conscientious. BE SAFE
Love spoken word? Join our Word Corner at Free Fringe Festival on Sunday 23rd July at the Parachute Tent. This is an event for all readers, writers and beat poets to come together in a relaxed atmosphere all for the love of words. where everyone is invited to share their own writing, the works of others, or just to sit back and basque in the beauty of words shared. Styles may be poetry, short story, song, rap, essays, plays, extracts from books or works in progress. The format is informal but structured so as to give each person adequate time to share their work and to allow for reflection or chat.
Word Corner is a very popular free an informal evening event that is over 2 years in the running at The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon on every second Tuesday of the month. Members of the group have also been involve in public readings at The Dock during annual events including Culture Night and National Poetry Day.
Free Fringe Festival presents Theatre Garden: a youth theatre event at the Parachute Stage on the Forest Trail on Saturday 22nd July from 12midday to 3.30pm. There will be four main time slots during the event which will include workshops for two age groups, rehearsals and on stage performances. This is a unique opportunity for young people to come play at performance in a natural environment and to share their creativity on stage for the general public. All public are welcome to support and enjoy the performances.
Young people are welcome (Not Required) to bring any pre-prepared performance material or 'party pieces' they may wish to share. For example a short scene they have written or like, a song, short story, poem, dance piece, joke, etc.
We recommend children wear appropriate clothing, bring a packed lunch, and all the willingness, enthusiasm and playfulness they've got!
Please arrive 10-15 mins before your workshop time to sign in and secure your place.
Participation consent forms must be signed by parent/guardian who must be contactable and available for their child at all times.
12.00-12.45 Workshop for 14-18 year olds
13.00-13.45 Workshop for 8-13 year olds
14.00-14.40 Rehearsals for everyone performing
This event will be facilitated by Sarah Wood, a local youth theatre professional, with a BA in Drama Performance from DIT, and currently a leader with the Leitrim Youth Theatre Company.
In 2016 Sarah facilitated at the Holistic Kids Camp at Attirory Organic Garden.
Holistic Kids Camp 2016 facebook page
We held our 2017 Fringe Launch Night on Friday 23rd July at this years festival location, Drumcoura City. Performance on the night from Etain The Paperboys and Grace Day made for a great night of musical entertainment.
Thanks to the performers, Rachel Masterson and Angelica who recorded interviews and live performances from the acts for our upcoming Free Fringe TV YouTube channel (coming soon) and to everyone who come out to support us and the three fantastic acts.
Here’s some pics taken on the night...
The Free Fringe Festival Team