Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Donegal, celebrate with us

Saturday June 13, 2020

Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people

The RCC presents Alone Together Mini Music Festival in association with The Loft Letterkenny who are also doing a GIVEAWAY on Facebook and Instagram today for two €50 Shop LK Vouchers to mark the occasion.

Teaming up with Burrito Loco Letterkenny we also officially launch the RECIPES FOR DISASTERS cook book, featuring recipes submitted by our RCC Young Artists.

It’s a family affair with the RCC this weekend, as two members of the renowned musical family, The Cullens from Carrigart, feature in our line-up.

Daniel Cullen curated our latest edition of the community mixtape, RCC SOUNDS, while his sister, multi-instrumentalist Sarah E. Cullen is one of the RCC’s latest Virtual Artists-in-Residence.

Alone Together Mini Music Festival

ACTS chosen by young people from across Donegal feature in a mini online music festival celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg this weekend.

Alone Together, takes place on Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people, today (Saturday), 13th June.

Presented by the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny in association with The Loft, Letterkenny will be headlined by a number of fantastic acts, including Little Hours, In Their Thousands (Declan, Solo Set), Sheerbuzz, Happy Out & More.

Also supporting the line-up are Derry singer/songwriter Oscar Jennings, Letterkenny magician Jessica Harkin, Letterkenny popper artist Neptune M, Polxroid, a music project by Ciarán Coleman and Catherine Gallagher, and Donegal singer/songwriter, Ryan Cunningham.

Don’t miss Alone Together Mini Music Festival 2020 tonight from 7pm (Go to The Loft and RCC on social media for streaming links). READ MORE

Recipes for Disasters Launch

Thank you to all the RCC Young Artists that made submissions to   our online book, RECIPES FOR DISASTERS, which will be launched on today (Saturday), 13th June, as part of Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people.

Also a huge thanks to our wonderful book designer Lisa Gildea who did an AMAZING job!

Follow us on our social media platforms not to miss today’s official launch!

Sarah E. Cullen (The Reflection Box)

Virtual Artist-in-Residence – June 2020

THE RCC is delighted to announce Sarah E. Cullen as one of its June Virtual Artists-in-Residence.

Sarah will introduce us to her musical project, The Reflection Box, which is the expression of a varied and eclectic musical experience by the artist.

Over the next four weeks Sarah will give an insight into the inspiration behind The Reflection Box and what’s in store from the project.

Having already created soundscapes for BBC productions, cut many tracks as a session musician and multi-instrumentalist, and provided signature atmospheric qualities to other records, this new project represents the Carrigart artist’s imagining and re-imaginings of scenes of real life and magic in the everyday, mirrored in The Reflection Box.

The Reflection Box deals with the typical lyrical themes of love, loss and life, all from the unique perspective of the studio, stage and silent observer. READ MORE

RCC Curated Content on Instagram

Week 10: Locky Morris

We have invited artists, curators and poets to take over our new RCC Curated Content to present their work, thoughts and ideas. Each artist will present curated content for seven days.

This week, we welcome Locky Morris who was born in Derry City, Northern Ireland, where he continues to live and work.

Most of his energy and preoccupations are put into a life as an artist working with photography, found objects, installation, text, sound and video, although he is also a musician and songwriter.

Within artwork that has spanned three decades there has been a persistent recurring focus centred around his immediate terrain.

His current practice, has for the most part, been marked by a concentration on the familial and the familiar – sourcing a large amount of his material directly from the interstices and interactions of life, ‘..where it seems as if he is trying to establish the border between humanity and the appearance of humanity..’.

Often underpinned by humour and sometimes triggered by what he refers to as ‘daily epiphanies’ his assemblages place an emphasis on observation, perceptual manipulation and the physical nature of sound – with the equipment itself playing an integral part.

The work which is frequently described in terms of a multi-layered dark poetry, touches on a broad range of subjects, from the highly personal to the public and political. FOLLOW HERE

RCC SOUNDS 020: Daniel Cullen

Community mixtape, lovingly selected to keep us company

We tasked a mix of local, national musicians and music fanatics to each curate a playlist under a theme of their own choice.

Originally from Tirlaughan, Carrigart, Daniel is a talented singer and musician and member of The Cullen Family, a highly-regarded musical family who have entertained locals and visitors across Donegal and further afield for decades.

Daniel wanted to put together a ‘local’ Spotify playlist, paying tribute to some of the great musicians and singers he has performed with over the years. One singer that could not be missing on such a personal list to Daniel, is his late father, Paddy Cullen.

Compiling the list for Spotify, Daniel was encouraged to upload his father’s album Deep Shiphaven Bay to the platform with his brother-in-law Ruairí Friel (In Their Thousands) so he could feature some of the songs.

Paddy was a much-loved man and popular singer, so his addition to Spotify has been really well-received and people will be able to continue to enjoy his beautiful voice for many years to come. FOLLOW HERE

Other acts featured from across the county are Arranmore’s Jerry Early, Ramelton singer Jonathan Smeaton, alt rock four-piece In Their Thousands, Sheerbuzz, The Reflection Box and Rann na Feirste’s Clann Mhic Ruairí.

Click below all playlists to-date by Daniel Cullen, Tommy Callaghan, Paul Connolly (The Wood Burning Savages), John O’Neill (The Undertones), Áine Ní Bhreasláin, Ruairí Friel (In Their Thousands) and many more. CLICK HERE

The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly funded by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.