2012 shows Archive


The On The Nail Literary Cabaret, 17 Nov 2012

It was a fantastic night at the Belltable, Limerick when The Cáca Milis joined forces with Domnic Taylor of the Limerick Writers’ Centre for a great evening of music, spoken word, dance, poetry, song and storytelling.  Participating were Galway’s Gerry Hanberry, Sandra Lefroy, Colín “Oh Aissieux,” Fergus Costello, Fiona Clark Echlin and Claire Sawtell, The Nenagh Players, Conor Sheehan, The On The Nail House Bad (Larry de Cléir, Leslie Hartigan, Ted Brennan, Dick Ross, Phillip Burke, Gerry Moore).  From the South and South-East came Stuart Wilde,  Kate McKenna, Peter Murphy and Acko Atkinson, as well as MC and singer Helena Mulkerns.  Scroll down for photos.


The Grand Samhain Mexican Masqued Cabaret 2012


It was an amazing evening – to celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead along with our own Celtic Samhain.  Here are some photos – full account of the evening coming very soon, please check back …


The Culture Night Cabaret 2012 – Gallery and review!


The Wexford Arts Centre was hopping early, since, in association with the Arts Council of Ireland, the event was free.   But while the crowd waited, they got a blast of some wild and wonderful drumming from Wexford’s Community Samba Band, Bloco Gorman!

When the night kicked off with one of the Cabaret’s fave bellydancers, Alex Drafilova, we knew it was going to be special.   Then jazz chanteuse Clodagh Kearney made a spectacular debut on the Cabaret boards with her sultry jazz and saxophone playing.  Next up, writer and journalist Jackie Hayden provided some great readings from his book, “A Map of Love – Around Wales With Dylan Thomas.”

The inimitable Mr. Johnny Stewart – another long-standing favourite on the Cabaret’s programme, delivered some excellent new material and took us into the break, after which the crowd very much enjoyed a unique “sneak preview” of the pilot for the new comedy series by Luke McKenna and Noel Cullen being filmed in Wexford, “The Blessed Ignorance of Men,” with an intro from the director Luke McKenna.

Our super raffle extravaganza included prizes from the Wexford Arts Centre, who donated four tickets for upcoming shows in the theatre;  a book token from Wexford’s favourite book shop (and café), The Wexford Book Centre, while artists Paula Cox and Belinda McKeown provided a copy of the stunning “Mouthful of Bees” – thanks to all for the prizes.

The pace sped up then, as Special Guest top Irish comedian Joe Rooney took the mike to assault our senses with an irreverent, witty, hilarious and often sharply satirical monologue.  Covering anything and everything from hotel visits to the three things an Irish man cannot say no to, Joe had people rolling in the aisles with his particular brand of humour.

Top of the evening, who among the crowd was not even further blown away by Indie alternative duo “The Bush, The Tree and Me.”   Performing songs from “Mouthful of Bees,” the duo augmented into five women onstage for the final song, with the crowd only wanted more.   So we told them to buy CDs!   And Jackie’s book … and to keep on supporting the Arts …   and to keep working to push the powers that be in national funding to keep Ireland’s arts communities and bodies funded so that we can continue to present such wonderful stuff as this – thanks to all the artists, guests, and of course the Wexford Arts Centre Team, who made this Culture Night a special one.


The Lunasa Cabaret, 3 August 2012


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Cáca Milis in the House at the Heritage Festival

Cáca Milis was in the house at two great festivals this weekend!! Dinefwr Literature and Music Festival in Wales (more on this after the crew’s return on Monday).  Closer to home, Helena was MC on the main stage at the fabulous Heritage Music and Arts Day in Ferrycarrig.

It was a great day out, and Helena presented artists such as Duke Special, Jerry Fish, Cathy Davey, Gavin Glass, John Spillane and Mick Flannery. Great acts, an easy going atmosphere, and despite both rain and rays, the sun shone brightly for the grand finale, with an “everybody onstage” jam.

Bravo to Barry and David Ennis of Ennis Promotions for putting it all together.


The Cáca Milis Solstice Cabaret: a night to remember


The Cáca Milis Cabaret celebrated the longest day of the Celtic summer with a fantastic, diverse evening of music, poetry, literature and dance for your entertainment pleasure

Helena and Truly

The Featherhead Trio

The Featherhead Trio

Presented and coordinated by Helena Mulkerns, with The Featherhead Trio doing the honours as house band, and stage management by Alex Caulfield, our guests provided a stunning line-up of talent in the arts.  Starting with a sean nós from Helena Mulkerns, and a Solstice Blessing from Deirdre Wadding, the show then kicked off with “Sous le Ciel de Paris” from Helena – followed by “Volare” Featherhead style, just to get us into Cabaret mode.

Deirdre Wadding

Fran Greene

Suzanne Power reads at the Cáca Milis Cabaret

Suzanne Power

First up, Wexford’s Fran Greene. Fran, originally from Shankill, now lives in Wexford and following a first album last year entitled “Trapped Soul,” he performed material from his recently-released second album, “Backroads,” which was also on sale on the night.

Our first spoken word guest was Suzanne Power, writer, broadcaster and journalist who is well known in  Ireland for both her fiction and non-fiction work.  With four novels behind her, Suzanne’s first memoir, “Angel Journey” came out in 2010, and was followed last year by “Heart Lines.”  Suzanne read an incredibly moving story for the Cáca Milis audience, which had people reflecting upon it long after the reading itself.  Suzanne lives in Wexford with her husband and two children.

Alex Drafilova


Nella Dwyer at The Cáca Milis Cabaret

Nella Dwyer

Alex Drafilova – after an absence of almost a year from the Cáca Milis Stage – proved that she is popular as ever with a “wing dance” and a sassy, drum-based belly dance that drew a huge round of applause.

Cork singer-songwriter Nella Dwyer, whose raw-honey vocals are also something to be heard – made a huge impression with her first solo live appearance, performing 3 songs she is currently working on for a DVD, including “Little Child,” now an iTunes single.

Ciné Sweetcake – always a pleasant interlude after the break, was delighted to present a great new short film from Stitch Films by Wexford film maker and actress Laura Way. “Jonny Boy” stars Jon Polito and Irene Wright, and is set in the United States and Wexford.  Congratulations to Laura – the film has just been bought by a Northern Californian TV station.  She’s now finishing work on a feature film as part of her MA.

Alex Caulfield

Following on the film, the raffle was pulled by Alex, Laura and Irene (who, contrary to her role in the film, is alive and well!).  And here we’d like to thank contributors to our prizes – Phelim Byrne, gave us a lunch for two, Cístín Eile provided a bottle of wine, Fran Greene gave a DVD and Suzanne Power a book;  The Wexford Arts Centre provided two tickets to performance the following evening.

After Helena and The Featherhead Trio’s “Taking a Chance on Love” and Katherine’s “All of Me,” Wexford poet Westley Barnes took to the stage to read from his work.  Westley  has already made a name for himself around Wexford, having delivered his keenly observed material in the venues here for a number of years.

Westley Barnes At The Cáca Milis Cabaret
Westley Barnes
The Featherhead Trio at The Cáca Milis Cabaret
The Featherhead Trio

The Darling Sins at The Cáca Milis Cabaret

The Darling Sins

Cabaret favourites The Darling Sins were in the house, with two fabulous new songs and is was a great opportunity to see them again before they head into the studio to record an album.  Leni Morrison and Joe Harpur were in fine form, with Leni’s voice back to its amazing timbre after an illness this Spring.  Welcome back, Sins!


Our Special guest from Dublin, Dutch retro Diva Ms. Truly Divine, is well known on Ireland’s retro Cabaret scene, a staple at our Dublin’s Cabaret and Burlesque Social Club,  as well as chanteuse with “The IndulGENTS” and The Bugle Babes.  Her singing has been described as:  “theatrical, sassy, caramel-sounding interpretations of jazz and blues from the Roaring 20s till the Rocking 50s.”  Presenting a spectacular, glorious whirl of 1950s sunshine, she was resplendent in scarlet and seamed stockings.

Ms. Truly Divine

Winding down for the night, with Helena thanking everybody for coming, the performers, the tech team, and volunteers involved in the Cáca Milis, everyone got up onstage to take a bow, and Helena and Truly sang a harmonious duet on “Paper Moon”.

The Cáca Milis Cabaret

All artists onstage for the Finale, Cáca Milis Solstice Cabaret

Next up:  Cáca Milis travels to Wales again for the wonderful Dinefwr Festival – check us out on their website here – and then we’ll be dancing at Lunasa, on 3rd August next.


The Fly By Night Cabaret: 12 May 2012

The Stinging Fly

The Stinging Fly

The Stinging Fly?  Ireland’s premier literary journal.   Fly By Night?   Name of The Stinging Fly’s national tour, to bring new writers and writing from the page to the stage, at venues around Ireland.

The Fly By Night Cabaret?  Why – it’s The Stinging Fly in cahoots with The Cáca Milis, as connived and cahooted by Declan Meade and myself a couple of months back.  And what a great idea it was – coming to fruition last night at the Wexford Arts Centre with an amazing evening of fiction, poetry, music dance.

Helena Mulkerns with The Featherhead Trio

Helena Mulkerns with The Featherhead Trio

Kicking off with a little Piaf  (it’s great to have the chance to sing with The Featherhead Trio, they’re such a perfect Cabaret bunch) – our second guest onstage was the popular  Wexford-based bellydancer Reka Fodor, whose performance always a fascinating combination of sensuality and skill.

Declan Meade

Declan Meade, founder of Stinging Fly, then presented Enniscorthy writer Paul O’Reilly, who has a story in the journal’s Spring 2012 issue.  Paul followed his reading with one of his own songs about Australia.  The fact that it was hard to tell whether its time frame was 1870 or 2012, made it all the more poignant.

If it was a Stinging Fly Literary Cabaret, it has to be said that it was also a very Wexford literary occasion – a huge number of the Wexford scribe tribe was there, including poet Maggie Breen, novelist Peter Murphy – and it was our special honour to announce that poet and short story writer Jim Maguire, has just won the prestigious Strokestown International Poetry Prize.  

Mary Costello

The latest work from The Stinging Fly Press is The China Factory, a debut collection of short stories by writer Mary Costello, which has received excellent reviews.  In his role as publisher and presenter of the readers, Declan Meade commented on the process of bringing Mary’s book to publication.   The Stinging Fly is unique in that it gives a forum to that genre particularly cherished by Irish people, but these days sadly under-catered for.   Mary read “Insomniac” from the collection, to a rapt audience.

Paul O'Reilly at The Cáca Milis Fly By Night Cabaret

Paul O'Reilly

Seeing Mary and Paul get through full short stories to a Saturday late-night audience is one of the true magical things about The Cáca Milis Cabaret.  People are sitting at their candle-lit café tables, enjoying their wine, or coffee or whatever, and they are up for some music, short film or even a stand up comedian, but they are also in the theatre for an evening of the arts – and thus are completely present when listening to a writer or a poet.  These are the moments to remember, which make it worthwhile.

Marita Connelly

Marita  Connelly’s second appearance at the cabaret coincides with the release of her debut album, In Disguise.  Marita’s set, with her beautiful soprano voice and compelling piano work, was another highlight.  Read more about Marita’s debut album at her new website:  www.maritaconnelly.com

Our raffle after the break was brightened up by a young audience member named Conor, who very obligingly pulled the tickets, which came from The Wexford Arts Centre, The Whitford Hotel Leisure Centre,  writer Peter Murphy, Shane Hurley, Marita Connelly, Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

Following the break, The Featherhead Trio (or should we say Duo last night) and myself sang a little Leonard Cohen, as you do, then it was a real treat to sit back and listen to Welsh poet and musician, Gwyn Parry.

Gwyn Parry at The Cáca Milis Cabaret

Gwyn, who is both a musician and poet writing in Welsh and English blended a very eloquent Welsh charm with memorable, haunting poems, leaving  the audience hoping he will be able to return.

Special musical guest Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames, Swell Season) was well worth waiting for, as he stepped up on the boards with an extraordinary construction of effects pedals to compliment his solo violin playing.  “I call it my Recession Quartet,” he quipped.  Giving an concise introduction to each piece, Colm played two tracks from Cúinne An Giorra (The Hare’s Corner) and we were honoured to hear another, new track from his upcoming album.  In the stagelight, with the haunting and extraordinary sound of the music, it was once again a moment of magic.

Colm Mac Con Iomaire at The Cáca Milis CabaretColm Mac An Iomaire

Playing out with the Cabaret theme, “Bye Bye Blackbird,” with just myself and the minimal, smooth accompaniment of Owen Brady on Double Bass, the evening ended with thanks and acknowledgements of all the work put in from both The Stinging Fly and Cáca Milis teams.

From the point of view of the Cáca Milis Cabaret, it was a truly rewarding experience to work on its second collaborative literary event (the first being The Coracle Project)  with such a worthy Irish Arts venture as The Stinging Fly.  For more information on their current tour, see www.stingingfly.org

Thanks again to Alex Caulfield for event management, Alan Mahon and Arek Wnuk for photos, Ollie for Tech, and the excellent audience who came to support the event.

Next up is The Solstice Cabaret with its theme of Celtic Twilight – so retro costume is encouraged with prize for best get-up.   If you’d like to perform, volunteer, support us, fund us anything else, please contact us at:  cabaret@cacamilis.org   Good night!    Helena Mulkerns


The Solas Lae Cabaret for Bealtaine – 27 April 2012


Back from its trip last month for the Second Annual Cabaret Ceilteach in Wales, Cácamilis returned to the Wexford Arts Centre to celebrate Bealtaine, and the longer evenings with The Solas Lae Cabaret!  Helena Mulkerns presented an evening of the arts, as usual, for the first time backed by The Featherhead Trio, who played out the evening with their own magic.  (Scroll down for the night’s image gallery).

Special Guests this time around were Artist and Writer Waylon White Deer of Choctaw Nation and Kate Dempsey – Diva of the Poetic Persuasion – who traveled to read their fiction and poetry for the Wexford audience.

To kick start the evening, Deirdre Wadding read a Bealtaine poem entitled “Greenwood Magic”.  The lovely Eva Barbiarczyk of Khelashi Dance then performed a veil number, followed by Chanteuse Cat Black in fine form accompanying herself on guitar. Our spoken word participants, Kate Dempsey and Waylon White Deer  read selections from recent work.  Singer-songwriter Shane Hurley, who is celebrating the release of a brand new CD, “Depresso The Anxiety Clown” played an impressive three songs from it.

Prizes were generously provided for the evening by local business supporters The Talbot Hotel, The Riverbank House Hotel and the Wexford Arts Centre.  Thanks to them for their support – and thanks to the great Wexford audience for their support of the Cabaret.


The Cabaret Celtaidd-Ceilteach, Wales

Title: The Cabaret Celtaidd-Ceilteach, Wales
Location: The Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
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Kate Playing the Harp

Kate McKenna and Helena Mulkerns, Cáca Milis Cabaret

Join  Helena Mulkerns and the Cabaret crew for their first international sortie, in association with The Coracle Project, for a fabulous Celtic Spring bash in the heart of Wales. Wexford artists will join Welsh artists onstage at the Grand Old Lyric Theatre in Carmarthan for a Cabaret Celtaidd-Ceilteach night of the Arts.

Travelling to Wales will be:  Helena Mulkerns, Kate McKenna, Peter Murphy, The Darling Sins, Deirdre Wadding, Carlo Jaccucci, Ollie Dempsey – The Featherhead Trio, and joining us onstage in Wales will be a fantastic range of Welsh artists, including Burlesque and Comedy Performers.

Watch out for competitive rates and full details on travel and accommodation for Cabaret regulars, friends and family to the event. All are welcome!

“The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A)”.

Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2012-03-23
End Time: 22:30


Cáca Milis Cabaret Celtaidd-Ceilteach, Wales

The Cáca Milis first international sortie was to play the grand old Lyric Theatre in Carmarthan, for “The Cabaret Celtaidd-Ceilteach” – a night that celebrated the second annual Celtic cabaret – working in collaboration with The Coracle Project (part supported by European Interreg funding).

From Wexford came MC and Chanteuse Helena Mulkerns  harpist Kate McKenna, storyteller Deirdre Wadding, Enniscorthy author Peter Murphy,  singer songwriter Ollie Dempsey, one of Ireland’s funniest stand-up comedians, Paul Tylak , the excellent (and warmly received) short film “Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom” by Daniel O’Hara (with thanks to FilmBase for the copy), and – to top the night – The Featherhead Trio, a lounge jazzabilly trio with a rapid-fire between-song patter.

From Wales, The Limelight Dance Company presented contemporary dance, and more naughty explorations of burlesque and satire were delivered by the splendid Miss Lily Laudenum and Miss Betty Blue Eyes.

Here’s a taste of the night in image form and scroll down for a fuller account …


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