Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Mary Coughlin enchants Bush Hall audience!

Last Tuesday, 19th November, the legendary Mary Coughlin performed for a rapt audience at Bush Hall.  Jamie Lawson was her support act; a singer songwriter whose song ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ became a YouTube sensation and a number one in the download chart. He proudly told the audience that it is now a song that people fall in love to, it was even sung by Mary at her daughters wedding.  He gave a captivating performance and set the night off to a great start. 

Jamie Lawson on stage at Bush Hall
Mary took to the stage with a jazz trio behind her and it didn’t take long for Bush Hall to fall completely under her spell.  Performing songs from throughout her career and interspersing these with amusing anecdotes she had the audience in the palm of her hand.  When asking for song suggestions the room was filled with shouts from keen fans hoping to hear their favourite.  The line up consisted of piano, double bass, saxophone and clarinet as well as two backing singers who joined Mary on stage for several songs.  Mary also invited Jamie back on stage to perform a duet with her, one of the many beautiful moments of the night.  Highlights of the night included 'I Want To Be Seduced' and an equistitly tender version of Joy Divisions 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. 

© Andy Lawson

As Marys performance neared its end shouts of ‘more, more’ echoed around the room and she delivered, performing a couple of encore songs.  Mary Coughlin received a well-earned standing ovation, with the whole of Bush Hall on their feet.  

Written by Lily Middleton

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Historian and Producer Join the Team!

The Irish Cultural Centre is excited to be working with a Historian and a Producer over the next few months, so we decided to have a chat to them and get to know them a bit better! Nicola will be working with the archives and the history of the Irish Cultural Centre and Nicolas, a producer, will be documenting the demolition and re-building of the centres base.

Nicola has been attending Irish Cultural Centres regularly since she was just 12 years old. She plays the Irish Uilleann pipes and regularly attended the pipers club at the San Francisco United Irish Cultural Centre. Irish music was what originally attracted her to the Irish Cultural Centre Hammersmith, as well as having Irish family links. 

Nicola moved to London last September and studied for her Masters in International History at the London School of Economics, with her thesis focusing on Irish Cultural Centres including looking at the ourselves!  Through her time at the Irish Cultural Centre Nicola would like to gain skills in archive and management for historic projects. She also works with another archive developing her knowledge of archival systems.  This volunteer programme provides Nicola with an exciting opportunity to start on a project working to unite digital and material archive systems as well as working on research for grant applications. With her prior knowledge of the centre and its work she is keen to get stuck in with the archive and we can’t wait to see what she can dig out for us!

Nicolas, who recently set up his own production company, wants diversity in his career, as I’m sure we all do to some extent! Every production he works on is different and he is keen to work on a variety of projects to sustain this diversity and interest. In his words, “If you’re not busy you’re not healthy!”  He is keen to meet new people through this opportunity and is full of ideas!

Nicolas will be working on a film of the demolition of the old Irish Cultural Centre premises as well as filming the progress of the new construction as it takes shape, creating a time lapse film along with the promise of other exciting elements including animation!  Nicolas is used to working outside his comfort zone and enjoys working with other people to share ideas. While working with a cinematographer on the Irish Cultural Centre project Nicolas explained that occasionally other people can bring new things to projects that you miss yourself. On this occasion the cinematographer pointed out that by putting a camera on top of Marks and Spencers to film the construction, the church, and therefore the clock, would be in the background. In a time-lapse film a clock will be particularly effective at showing the passing of time!

As Nicola and Nicolas discuss their projects together, clear ties between the archive work and the filming are unfolding, with bountiful ideas flowing of capturing stories about the old building as well as the development of the new building so generations to come can re-visit this new story. 

I’m sure you will agree that the work of Nicola and Nicolas promises to bring up some fascinating insights into the history and future of the Irish Cultural Centre. We will be keeping you updated with their work through this blog so stay tuned!

Written by Lily Middleton

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Mary Coughlan – Bush Hall

As the nights well and truly draw in it can be hard to leave the comfort of the sofa and a blanket, however for our next concert you should make an exception! Mary Coughlan, along with her band, brings her elusive voice to Bush Hall. Often compared to the likes of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, Mary’s “seemingly timeless and endless talent” will perfectly compliment the stunning Bush Hall and make for a special evening.
Join us on Tuesday 19th November at Bush Hall, tickets are available here and find out more about Mary here.