Irish Times reviews Casement Sonata: “a strange and rare gift”

Malcolm MacClancy discusses Gavin Friday’s The Casement Sonata in today’s The Irish Times. He writes:

“The Casement Sonata lies in a submerged tradition of modern Irish letters that includes Patrick Kavanagh’s Lough Derg as well as Eugene Watters’ The Week-End of Dermot and Grace (when will some clever radio producer finally stumble across this sonic gem from 1964?). At the same time, it reflects and expands upon Gavin Friday‘s 2011 album catholic. That album’s artwork featured Friday’s uncanny re-enactment of Sir John Lavery’s iconic death portrait of Michael Collins. It is no coincidence, for example, that the Sonata is aired in the Hugh Lane Gallery, alongside Lavery’s dramatic portrayal of the Casement trial, High Treason. It is also highly appropriate that the artwork accompanying the new recording should prefigure Casement as a Dada-esque head complete with attendant mosquitoes. 1916 was a year of not only historical but also artistic revolution, the original punk rebellion if you will.”

The review includes “Easter Rising” a ‘bonus track’, not included in the Hugh Lane installation.

Read the full review

Gavin Friday’s Roger Casement Sonata launches in Dublin

Gavin Friday’s Roger Casement Sonata launches in Dublin

The Casement Sonata, Gavin Friday’s sonic response to the centenary of the execution of Irish nationalist Roger Casement, was launched by Cllr. Rebecca Moynihan, Deputy Lord Mayor, at the Hugh Lane in Dublin on Wednesday evening.

The Casement Sonata will be played twice daily in the Hugh Lane in Dublin at 12pm and 3pm and runs from 21 July to 21 August 2016.

Read the program notes and view images used in the installation

Banna Strand – a poem by Gavin Friday

“Banna Strand”, from Gavin Friday’s forthcoming ‘The Casement Sonata’ was published in today’s Irish Times. It is part of a long poetic work in musical form, examining the life, imprisonment and death of Roger Casement. Casement was a British diplomat of Irish extraction, humanitarian activist, Irish nationalist, and poet. read more: http://www.hotpress.com/archive/17217776.htmlContinue Reading

Gavin Friday on new Paul Brady album

Gavin Friday on new Paul Brady album

Gavin Friday is among the many artists who join Paul Brady on his new album The Vicar Street Sessions, presenting highlights of Brady’s 23-gig run at the Dublin venue 14 years ago. The album also features Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Ronan Keating, Mark Knopfler and Bonnie Raitt. The Vicar Street Sessions: Volume 1 will be…Continue Reading

Gavin Friday writes foreword for new book on David Bowie

Gavin Friday writes foreword for new book on David Bowie

Gavin Friday has written the foreword for a new book of essays on David Bowie. David Bowie: Critical Perspectives is edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin J. Power. The book contains 17 essays about Bowie and is published by Routledge (New York). Buy David Bowie: Critical Perspectives from Amazon.com Buy from Amazon.co.ukContinue Reading

Gavin Friday stars in Hal Willner and Eric Mingus’ rock opera Tommy

Gavin Friday stars in Hal Willner and Eric Mingus’ rock opera Tommy

Gavin Friday will play various roles among which Uncle Ernie and the Acid Queen in Hal Willner and Eric Mingus’s re-interpretation of the rock opera Tommy exclusively at the Adelaide Festival in Australia, this coming February. The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy launched the band to international superstardom and inspired re-interpretations in film, opera, a…Continue Reading

Friday and McCabe collaboration on RTE Radio 1

Friday and McCabe collaboration on RTE Radio 1

Patrick McCabe’s play Brady – The Revenant, with original music composed and performed by Gavin Friday, will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, this Sunday at 8pm. In The Revenant we meet Francie Brady, many years since the events of The Butcher Boy, we meet Francie Brady. Brady now inhabits a form of rarefied space, returning from…Continue Reading