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The Pan-Celtic Cabaret

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Cáca Milis Cabaret hosts Helena Mulkerns and Josh Johnston kicked off for 2018 tonight at The Wexford Arts Centre with the fabulous Pan-Celtic Cabaret. The atmosphere was intimate and engaged, and the audience were captivated by the readers, performers and the film. There emerged a clear cross-weaving of two themes over the course of the night: family and home-grown identity, along with diversity and diaspora. As a natural fulfilment of the rather grand (but tongue-in-cheek as always) “Pan-Celtic” title of the show, it was perfect!

See full gallery of the show by Michael Duggan here

Starting with a little post-modern sean nós from hostess Helena Mulkerns and piano man Josh Johnston, there was a happy chance to hear some work in progress from one of the Cabaret’s best-loved artists, Ian Doyle, who played from his upcoming album, The Dancer From The Dance.

Journalist and writer Maev Kennedy  read from Friends With the Enemy the recent memoir by from Val Mulkerns, in both tribute to and celebration of the late Irish author, who passed away the previous week. Val was the last surviving daughter of “The Rajah of Frongoch” – from whom the cabaret originally takes its inspiration.

When Irish music went West, it came back a century later as a sound the audience rocked to in the guise of Ireland’s hottest Americana/roots duo, The Remedy Club. Namely Aileen Mythen and KJ McEvoy, they sang from their new album, “Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes.”

Ciné Sweetcake presented an inter-cultural love story, “Alia” by Claire Dix, from Zucca Films. It’s an award-winning short Irish film that was funded by the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme. It tells the story of a young Afghan girl and her family living in Dublin. With cinematography by Piers McGrail, the film was produced by Nodlag Houlihan and Baria Shafaq starred in the lead role.

See full gallery of the show by Michael Duggan  here

Renowned accordeonist Richie Sinnott followed, to the delight of the audience, with some rousing tunes on his box accordeon, ranging from traditional Irish to a gorgeous Parisienne variation on a Ry Cooder tune that sounded like we were on the left back back in the days of original music hall! In a time-honoured tradition, Sean Nós dancers Niamh Page, Ciara Brady and Jack Ryan took to the stage for the middle airs, improvising their dance with taps, kicks and leaps that rocked the stage.

Author and playright Barry McKinley read a moving short story about the realities of refugee life. Afterward, he explained that the story is currently on the high school curriculum in Kenya – although he learned of this only by accident! As it turns out, though, it’ll also be published by the IrishTimes online, so watch out for that.

Our guest from elsewhere this time round was Dubliner Carol Keogh, whose debut album “Mongrel City” is available now. Carol performed some of her own songs, and then joined Josh Johnston for a duet – and sneak-preview track – from Josh’s upcoming album, “The Art Of Saving Lives’. Josh will be performing from the new album at The Wexford Arts Centre gig on on 30th June next.

To play out, Helena sang one of her favourite faux-classic jazz songs, from the soundtrack of a film that everybody knows, but nobody recognises the song from! “One More Kiss Dear” – as charismatic as the film itself – bid goodnight before it was “everybody onstage” for a jolly curtain call and onward to the Sky and The Ground for post-gig shenanigans.  Click on the links to see a gallery of photos by Michael Duggan (or here).

Next up: The Bloomsday Cabaret on Friday, 15th June –
featuring an uproarious, irreverent and unmissable
“MollyBloomathon”.
You are all invited …

 

 

 

 

 

Show starts at 8:30pm – get there early, as seating is limited, or book ahead at:

www.wexfordartscentre.ie / phone  053-912-3764

 

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The Cáca Milis 2017 Christmas Cabaret

00-HMulkerns-FCleary-by-KWeaverWWe celebrated our final quarterly event of 2018 at the Wexford Arts Centre  with a wonderful Christmas Cabaret, our 9th annual Christmas Cabaret, believe it or not! And if you don’t – here’s a pic of our first “preview” show, taken by Kevin Weaver in December 2008 with Helena Mulkerns and Wexford Pianoman Fintan Cleary.

Meanwhile, back at the Arts Centre, Hostess Helena Mulkerns, performed for 2017 with the inimitable Josh Johnston on piano, singing Christmas-festive and Cabaret-sultry songs. Guests, as always – brought a tapestry of the arts to the stage,  weaving through brand new music, dance, a Christmas film, fiction, a superb tribute to the great David Bowie and even a puppet show.  Magical as Christmas itself, the marionettes performed the classic tale of “The Little Match Girl”.  The Life on Strings Puppet Theatre, direct from Germany, are setting up events and workshops in Wexford for 2018 so watch out for them.

ANDREWSlinky shape-throwing and filigree-limb-winding steps got the audience in fine form next, as the powerful duo of Ellina Shmarkovskaya and Andrew Kenny of Tango Wexford and Hurricane Tango delivered classic and contemporary tango.

With no less than four Wexford writers shortlisted for this year’s Bórd Gais Energy Book Awards, we lost our scheduled author, best-selling novelist Carmel Harrington, to ‘flu, but we hope to see her back for the next event, and meantime, she gave us the idea to donate 50% of our raffle ticket sales this year to The Wexford Women’s Refuge – a worthy suggestion indeed (see the photo gallery for more).

The honey-toned Dark Honey played us out to the intermission, performing  from Dark Honey their eponymous new album. Songs are mostly the work of one of Cáca Milis’s favourite songsters,  Lorraine McColgan, whose sultry voice and fascinating tales evoke echoes of Cave, Cohen and Mark Lanegan, with a compelling sound that haunts and pleases.

EGGS-SOLDIERS-posterThe Ciné Sweetcake presentation was a multi-award-winning film made by New-York based Irish film maker Imelda O’Reilly: “Eggs and Soldiers”.  A moving, vibrant Christmas story with a difference, the film looked at an emigrant Christmas and the bittersweet trials of a struggling family.  It was a huge hit with the audience, who commented afterwards on its heart and humour.

Top of the night there was a special treat as Secret Life performed a loving and lively tribute to the late great David Bowie.  With their much-anticipated performance coming up in January at the Dublin Bowie Festival, Michael Way and his dedicated crew (including longtime Cáca Milis Sweetheart Martina Keane on vocals) will gave a sneak peek at their take on one of rock’s finest legends.

We’d like to thank the generous sponsors of our Christmas Raffle 2017, which raised €100 for  the Wexford Women’s RefugeSam MacCauley’s of Redmond Square; Clayton White’s Hotel; Wexford’s newest bistro; the BOA Urban Eatery,; textile Artist Jorika Kohl of Love and a Needle; Tara Press and Josh Johnston.  Thanks to all the artistes who joined us onstage, to the team at Wexford Arts Centre for staying late as the Cabaret’s festivities went over time, photographer Alan Mahon – and a very Happy Christmas to all the audience members – without you we’re nothing!!  Last but at the heart of it all, we’d like to thank the fabulous Elizabeth Whyte, Director of WAC.

Click HERE or scroll down for photos of the event taken by Alan Mahon, and watch out for more shows in Wexford and Dublin in 2018!

 

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Join us for the 7th Annual LUNASA Cabaret Fri 19 Aug

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Roll up, roll up for the 7th Annual LUNASA Cáca Milis Cabaret, to be held under the influence of a summer full moon at the Wexford Arts Centre!   For your entertainment and edification Helena Mulkerns and Josh Johnston will be joined by:  the marvellous  Mick Egan, the canny Cat Hogan, Sandstorm Dance, sinuous and sultry!  The film is “Goodbye Darling”, the dark literary duo Rob Doyle and Peter Murphy, all topped off with the dashing young Carty Sisters.
Come one, come all –  this Lunasa evening!


Check out our Spiegeltent Performance Video here

Red Lamp Black Piano - The Cáca Milis Anthology  Jack L & Eleanor McEvoy Eamon-Carr-Reading
The Cáca Milis Cabaret Anthology is on sale on Amazon
Click on image for a clip from TG4′s “Imeall” by Red Shoe Prodss! Or click HERE Click on image for new promo video or click HERE
 
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