STORIES, SONGS AND POEMS OF WOUNDS AND WONDER
JAN CARSON, NA LEANAÍ, HANNAH MCPHILLIMY & JIM DEEDS
Saturday Feb 11th 7:30pm
The Hub 22 Elmwood Avenue BT9
On the first Friday of 4CF17 we had Iain Archer singing songs about wounds and doubt and meaning and hopefulness. There is something about art that opens doors to the soul that the preacher can never achieve. Archer took us into catharsis, had us memorising some insights of life and coaxed us towards hopefulness and transformation.
Let us have more of that. On Saturday evening we have another night of soul stretching, God haunted, songs, prose and poetry.
We are delighted to be bringing you the Irish traditional folk depth of I did get in in time for Na Leanaí. The name means “the young ones” and these guys are the children of The Sands Family, a folk dynasty from Rostrevor. Hearing the band at a recent Belfast SoFar event we know they were for 4CF. The “young ones” bring a youthful spent to the family business. There are Irish Trad jigs alongside carefully chosen folk classics and oh my goodness the harmonies are sumptuous.
Jan Carson is one a growing number of gifted young Belfast writers. Jan has a mind awhirl with imaginations and ideas. She might just be the closest we have in Belfast to a Flannery O’Connor. Jan’s debut novel Malcolm Orange Disappears verges on madness in places but underneath Jan, like O’Connor, is reaping spiritual truth underneath. She describes her work as magic realism and has also published s collection of short stories Children’s Children with stories set in the four corners of Belfast.
Jim Deeds is a Board member of 4CF but is on this bill on merit. His book Surfing Life’s Waves was published last year. Jim is a social worker working for the Catholic Church, is a guitar player and has been a film maker. Be brings all that creative energy, social awesomeness and spiritual sensitivity to his poetry. He also has a real sense of place. A lot of inspiration has been west Belfast but don’t confine him to one corner!
We are delighted to add to the bill Hannah McPhillimy. Citing Feist as an influence there are traces of the imaginative eccentricity of another Canadian, Basia Bulat, or Regina Specktor. She resides on the more arty side of songwriting and last year’s stunning EP Wind Machine came with a little book of prose and poetry by the likes of novelist Jan Carson and poet Scott Jamison who is also a fellow member of successful Belfast band Go Wolf.
This is a top billing. We are very excited. Each of our artists will take their catalogues and point them towards this year’s 4CF theme, Our Wounded and Wonderful City. Don’t miss it!