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Get Creative in our new Recording Studios!

Creative StudioGet ready to be creative in the wonderful new recording studios located in Ballyfermot Library and soon to be available for library patron use! Aspiring musicians, podcasters, film makers, broadcasters even, take note, our Creative Studio is about to excite and delight! 

What is the Creative Studio?

It is a digital maker space facilitating the creation of music recordings, podcasts, videos, digital stories and oral histories. And more besides. At the centre of this space are two recording booths providing library patrons with access to a variety of audio and video recording equipment and software.

Libraries Rock Dublin!

culturenight2019This Culture Night marks the beginning of a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to borrow a musical instrument from Dublin City Libraries. Dublin City Libraries and Girls Rock Dublin are proud to present “GRD Gear Library”, the gear loan service designed for teenagers under 18 and launching on Culture Night with “Instrument Carousel”. Girls Rock Dublin is a non-profit, volunteer-led organisation that builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance.

Freegal Free Music Streaming

Freegal and Libraries LogoOur featured online resource this week is Freegal ,a free music service which offers access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music’s catalog of legendary artists, and over 40,000 music videos.

Down by The Salley Gardens, Thíos cois garraithe na Saillí le WB Yeats

Enda ReillyBhain slua maith taitneamh as seo ó Ghuthanna Binne Síoraí (Everlasting Voices) ar Lá Filíochta na hÉireann, Déardaoin, 26 d’Aibreáin i mBliain na Gaeilge, 2018. Bhí filíocht ó WB Yeats curtha i láthair i mbéarla agus Gaeilge ag Cathal Quinn, Acadamh Lir agus seinnteoir, Enda Reilly. D’aistrigh Gabriel Rosenstock na dánta ó bhéarla go Gaeilge.

We celebrated Poetry Day Ireland, 26 April and Bliain na Gaeilge with a great event, "I Hear It in the Deep Heart’s Core" with Guthanna Binne Síoraí at Dublin City Library and Archive. Artistic Director Cathal Quinn and musician, composer and singer Enda Reilly took us on a journey through the poetry of Yeats, spoken and sung in English and Irish, with translations by Gabriel Rosenstock. Here's a video of Enda Reilly performing Down by the Salley Gardens, Thíos cois garraithe na Saillí:

New opportunity for Musician in Residence

GuitarDublin City Public Libraries invites applications for Musician(s) in Residence from individuals or groups.  The residency is envisaged as part-time, to engage with different age groups to compose, produce and perform music at the Central Library’s Music Service, other Dublin City Public Libraries and in other Dublin City Council venues as required. The groups will be identified and selected by Dublin City Public Libraries.

Applicants should submit an expression of interest to include the following:

Hitting the right note at the Music Library

Peter MocDid you know that in Dublin City’s music library we hold regular popular music events? Some of our very successful recent events included a drumming workshop with Neil Dowling, a recital with Chilian pianist Nelson Olivares and Irish song-writer and singer Shay Cotter, and a talk and performance of Duke Ellington’s music by Czech guitarist Peter Moc (pictured right).

Come join us in December and nourish the soul at lunchtime with The Notabelles – A female barbershop chorus singing a Christmas Medley on Monday 11th Dec, and on Wednesday 13th Dec Aileen Cahill and the students of Maynooth College present “Jingle all the Way” carols to celebrate the Christmas season.

Hail! the Poet of Rock and Roll is Dead

Chuck Berry"Down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play guitar just like a ringing bell”.
Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry 1957.
 
Chuck Berry passed away on March 18 2017 aged 90. I was so lucky to have seen him in Vicar Street Dublin in the 1990s and danced with him on stage! I have photos to prove it but I am not posting them here; it was one of the highlights of my life... sad I know. BTW it was before mobile phone cameras so thanks to the gentleman from Cavan who took the photos and posted them to me.

The Orchestra of St Cecilia Collection

Orchestra of St Cecila logoThe Dublin City Public Library and Archive has recently acquired the Orchestra of St Cecilia Collection, deposited by manager/artistic director Lindsay Armstrong after his retirement and the dissolution of the company at the end of 2014. The collection comprises Armstrong’s comprehensive administrative records.  It documents the detailed practicalities of managing an orchestra and putting on independent concerts. The collection includes concert programmes, posters, flyers, correspondence, programme notes, recordings, soloists and conductor’ biographies and  administrative documents. Access to the collection provides unparalleled insight into the processes involved in professional orchestra and event management from the turn of the twenty-first century through recession times in Dublin. Find out more and view some items from the Orchestra of St Cecilia Collection...

Dublin City Library & Archive formally accepted the donation with a reception on Tuesday 22 November 2016.

On Raglan Road - Irish Love Songs and their Inspiration

loveIn this podcast, 'On Raglan Road; Great Irish Love Songs and the Women who Inspired Them' writer and poet Gerard Hanberry explains the inspiration behind well-known Irish songs and ballads. Have you ever wondered who the ‘Galway Girl’ was, or if there was a real-life ‘Nancy Spain’. Would you like to discover the inspiration behind Brendan Graham's hugely successful and much covered 'You Raise Me Up'? Learn the often surprising, sometimes bittersweet but always absorbing stories of the real women who inspired some of the world’s finest love songs.

Gerry Hanberry is a writer, poet, musician. Read more about the stories behind great Irish love songs in Gerry's new book On Raglan Road, published this September.

The Future is Dead. David Bowie (1947-2016)

David BowieDavid Bowie was The Future. His first solo album 'Space Oddity' was released at the peak of The Space Race between the US and the USSR in 1969. It portrays the plight of an astronaut alienated from his planet and family. This could have been influenced by the Kubrick film '2001: A Space Odyssey'. In 1971 'Life on Mars' tells of ordinary teenage frustration and the desire to be somewhere else, and all the big questions, ‘Is there Life on Mars?”. Both themes have been endless material for science fiction, film and music and science.

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