Three weeks from tonight, 4 Aug. at 7:30, An Cuan's own Alex Atwell celebrates the release of his third CD, "Exposed", with a free concert at An Cuan, 44 Shore Road, Rostrevor. Alex writes songs of peace and reconciliation and is also known for his superb renditions of Bob Dylan songs. Please come along for an evening of song, free refreshments and fellowship and a chance to purchase your own copy of "Exposed". (A quick reminder that the next An Cuan Open Mic is Wednesday, 25 July as part of Fiddler's Green. No open mic in August, then Thursday, 6 Sept.)
An Cuan Open Mic is all about sharing your talents, your passion for music, poetry, dance and performance, so it's hard to quantify the experience. Nevertheless, we can apply some numbers as we reach the halfway mark of 2018 with six out of 12 open mics in the books. So far we have had 85 separate performances, involving 51 different people from 12 countries: Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, England, USA, South Africa, Syria, Spain, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and India. Thanks to all who have performed, all who have spectated and all who have helped make it happen. We'll start the second half of the year on 5 July. Hope to see you there!
Many of our performers have released CDs of their music. Check these out. They should be available at Belinda's shop, Good Craic Gifts and Souvenirs, 13 Church Street in Rostrevor. You don't have to have your own CD to appear at An Cuan Open Mic, though. Musicians, poets, dancers and performers of all skill and experience levels are welcome.
Another amazing evening last night at An Cuan Open Mic. Colm, playing three Mississippi John Hurt songs, was one of the many performers who showed the remarkable depth and breadth of talent in this region. Check out the video on this An Cuan Open Mic Facebook page, and mark your calendar for the next one, Thursday, 31 May, 7:30 pm at 44 Shore Road in Rostrevor.