Imagining Ireland - a celebration of creative Irish women

Sinead Gleeson, Lisa O’Neill, Elaine Feeney, SOAK, Sara Baume, Radie Peat, Denise Chaila, Kate Ellis, Linda Buckley, Eliza McCarthy, Emma King, Sorcha Richardson, Sarah Moss, Caelainn Hogan

Elaine Feeney and Radie Peat will both perform at Imagining Ireland.

Elaine Feeney and Radie Peat will both perform at Imagining Ireland.

LANKUM SINGER Radie Peat, Galway poet Elaine Feeney, and Choice Music Prize 2020 nominees SOAK and Sorcha Richardson will perform at the Imagining Ireland event as part of Galway 2020.

Imagining Ireland will take place in the Black Box Theatre, Dyke Road, on Monday February 10 at 8pm, a celebration of the generation of Irish women writers and musicians who have come to the fore in recent years.

The full line-up is County Galway's Elaine Feeney, who has emerged as a poet of note with her collections Where’s Katie?, The Radio Was Gospel, and, particularly 2016's Rise. Her debut novel, As You Were, will be published by Harvill Secker on April 16.

Lisa O’Neill, the acclaimed Irish folk singer-songwriter, won Best Original Track at the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, and has been described by The Irish Times as "an outlier with a mission to frame the world as she sees it and to perform it accordingly. Her voice is her own."

The music of indie-rocker Sorcha Richardson, has been declared "cinematic, relatable, and completely and utterly heartwrenching" by The Line of Best Fit and "ultra-catchy" by The Guardian. Her debut album, First Prize Bravery, has been nominated for the Choice award.

Derry singer-songwriter SOAK, has been hailed “the voice of her generation" by NME and "a quite precocious talent" by Q. Her 2015 debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, won the Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year and the Northern Irish Music Prize. Her latest album, Grim Town, has been nominated for the 2020 Choice award.

Also performing are rapper, singer, and poet Denise Chaila, from Chikankata, Zambia, who is now based in Limerick; Radie Peat, of groundbreaking Irish folk/trad band Lankum; Spill, Simmer, Falter, Wither and A Line Made By Walking novelist Sara Baume; Caelainn Hogan, author of Republic of Shame: Stories from Ireland's Institutions for 'Fallen Women'; novelist Sarah Moss; composer Linda Buckley; The Irish Times' Sinead Gleeson; and cellist Kate Ellis, who is creating a new ensemble for the evening with Linda Buckley (electronics ), Eliza McCarthy (piano ), and Emma King (percussion ).

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