RCC teams up with Leagues O’Toole (Foggy Notions)

Tuesday February 14, 2023
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THE Regional Cultural Centre has teamed up with a well-known broadcaster and music promoter for a brand new project.

The new Dream Baby Dream Project is bringing together several top filmmakers and musicians from around Ireland to collaborate with each other.

The RCC commissioned Leagues O’Toole of Foggy Notions to curate the project which is supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

The Dublin-born journalist and former host of RTÉ’s No Disco is a household name in the Irish music industry and champion of left field artists.

Lemoncello (Claire Kinsella & Laura Quirke), left, and Rachael Lavelle.

On Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March the Letterkenny centre will host two concerts and and three short film premieres featuring hand-selected by O’Toole in collaboration with the RCC.

The weekend will begin with Donegal/Carlow duo, Lemoncello, who make a welcome return to the RCC, plus Dublin-noon singer Rachael Lavelle, on Friday 3rd March, at 8pm.

Comprised of University friends Laura Quirke and Claire Kinsella, Lemoncello are amongst the brightest lights of contemporary Irish Music. Prodigiously talented and accomplished musicians in their own right, together they are a unique and rare offering.

Rachael Lavelle is a Dublin-born singer and composer who captivates audiences with her arresting voice and humorous observations on existence. Merging classical and contemporary influences, her hypnotic live performances blend electronic soundscapes with spoken word and acrobatic vocals.

On Saturday 4th March at 3pm, the RCC welcomes you to the Dream Baby Dream Film Premieres, featuring new works by Bob Gallagher, Charlie Joe Doherty and Laura Quirke.

Bob Gallagher is a director, writer and cinematographer based in Dublin. He has been declared a ‘Good Soldier of Cinema’ by Werner Herzog and has described by Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis as a filmmaker who ‘can be lyrical, as well as forensically evil’. 

Letterkenny native Charlie Joe Doherty is a highly-regarded film-maker and photographer who has worked with chart-topping acts such as The Murder Capital.

Making her second appearance over the weekend, Laura Quirke of Lemoncello is now also expressing her talents through film.

The project will come to a close with another concert on Saturday night, 4th March, at 9pm featuring Katie Kim and Elaine Howley.

Katie Kim, left, and Elaine Howley.

Katie Kim’s newest album ‘Hour Of The Ox’ was released on 9 September to critical acclaim. She brings her full band to County Donegal for what promises to be atmospheric and beautiful.

Cork-based Elaine Howley plays her first Donegal show since the release of her acclaimed ‘The Distance Between Heart and Mouth’ album on Touch Sensitive Records in 2022. RCC audiences will be familiar with Howley’s exquisite work through her many visits The Altered Hours and Crevice.

Acting Director of the RCC, Jeremy Howard said the idea was to commission interesting contemporary musicians to collaborate with exciting upcoming filmmakers.

He said: “I’m very excited to see the premiere of these three short films. Seeing them on the big RCC cinema screen will make for a special event.

“We’re also equally delighted to have the musicians and filmmakers coming to Letterkenny to perform over that weekend. These will undoubtedly be some of the best live Letterkenny gigs of the year.”

The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is kindly supported by Donegal County Council & The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Don’t want to miss upcoming exhibitions or events? Sign up to the RCC Newsletter for exclusive news and updates. Click HERE