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HIGH LONESOME (SONGS FROM THE HEARTLAND) – Jack Lukeman & Patrick McCabe @ Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

January 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


A collaboration best described as old-style village hall vaudeville for the future.

If one could conceive of a cottage fire being raked late at night as a scratchy phonograph playing Joyce and Count John Mc Cormack begins its revolutions somewhere afar in the regions of hyperspace, as the door is knocked and a lady selling scones with human eyes arrives in the rain, then perhaps they might find themselves coming close.

Once, in an analysis of the songs of Bob Dylan, Greil Marcus the Rolling Stone journalist spoke of the ‘old weird America’. This is the old weird, indomitable Celtic heart-Ulysses meets The Dandy and Oor Wullie. Or, if you like, The Carter Family on the moon.

Patrick McCabe is an Irish writer known for his mostly dark novels set in contemporary, often small-town, Ireland. McCabe has been twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto, both of which have been made into films by Neil Jordan. Jack Lukeman, often simply known as Jack L, is an Irish songwriter, musician, record producer, vocal artist and broadcaster.

Lukeman and McCabe are friends and long-time collaborators, having toured the UK, the USA and Ireland in the nineties. Now they are back with a wailing harmonica.


January 31
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The Linenhall Arts Centre
Linenhall Street
Castlebar, Mayo F23 AN24 Ireland
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