SMF 2020 Transmission:


thirteen video vignettes

SAT. 28th November | 9pm GMT

Saturday night of the festival sees a cross-section of Ireland’s foremost alternative and experimental music and art practitioners brought together into one broadcast, a rich anthology of pre-recorded live performances, dreamscapes and idiosyncratic pop videos. In all, thirteen video vignettes from between 5 to 15 minutes will bring us into the homes and minds of these artists.

The broadcast features work from Sligo-based multi-disciplinary artist Jessica Bruen, who will perform an original monologue written by Lisa Kennedy about Bridget Cleary, the last changeling woman of Ireland. The Clumsy Giantess & Trenchurian, bring us a ‘dreamscape in three bits’, an audio-visual collaboration between the respective solo projects of musicians and artists Tara Baoth Mooney and Rian Trench. There will be a collaborative performance between electro-acoustic composer and improviser Amanda Ferry and the analogue synthesis of musician Declan Synnott, and a solo performance from multi-instrumentalist John Francis Flynn, whose work draws from traditional music of Ireland and abroad. Howlbux, the new project from Crevice members Elaine Howley and Irene Buckley, will be premiering a video scored to their tracks ‘Nightfall’ and ‘Over, and the Belfast-based, ambitiously eclectic rock band Junk Drawer, hot off their new, debut album Ready For The House, will perform.

The line-up also features Sligo’s own DIY pop star Myles Manley, whose new album, Cometh the Softies, is out this November. M(h)aol, a Dublin-based five piece, also have new music out, with the single ‘Laundries’, and will be bringing to the festival all their post-punk fire and fury. While the Glasgow-based Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh, who has performed with acts such as Woven Skull and Circuit des Yeux, will perform her striking solo work, a mix of viola and tape delay which which is inspired by a mix of early and modern music. Brigid Mae Power, whose 3rd album Head Above The Water was released earlier this year, will be bringing her blend of folk and country and deeply personal and textured tunes, as one of Ireland’s most gifted singer-songwriters, while Pretty Happy, the absurdist, art punk three piece from Cork will be premiering the music video for their new single, ‘Sea Sea Sea’. Rising Damp, an industrial-goth act, who released her minimal and militant album Petrol Factory, earlier this year, will perform and in The Hills Have Ears there will be an unique audio-visual collaboration between artists Ruth Clinton, Aoife Hammond, Cormac Mac Diarmada and Niamh Moriarty. This special presentation will be an exploration of the abandoned railway lines that line and once linked Sligo, Leitrim and beyond and which, by extension, are a site for exploring wider ideas of western identity and of Irish history and progress.

Saturday 28th November, 9 – 11pm