Spoken Word and Music Event
Pearse Street Library: 6pm – 7.45pm
Rising Tide events showcase the high level of talent found within the country of Ireland. Their mission is to provide a platform on which artists can express themselves and present their work to a wider audience.
Come along on December 6th to hear from modern Irish poets with music from the fabulous Sick Sister.
MC on the night is David Hynes.
John Cummins– Poetician, one of Ireland’s most unique voices, has brought his spoken word poetry to every corner of our isle. From festival fields to our national concert hall, John shares poetry that aims to highlight, uplift, and inspire. His words break down the border between audience and performer. John’s story is the story of us.
Emmet O’Brien- is not your generic poet. Within the first 3 years alone he released a book, entitled “A Perspective From The Corrupt Mind Of The Youth” aswell as various videos reaching tens of thousands of views. O’Brien is also an event organiser, starting his poetry and music event “Vybrations” in June 2017. He then moved on to run a second night, called “Phat Cones”. In 2018, he opened up for Shane Koyczan. He released his second book, “Yup Ouveh” in May 2018. O’Briens third book, “The Illusion Of Perception ” released in March 2019. A play adaptation of the book was launched in March 19. O’Brien has has playing Electric Picinc, Knockanstockan, Body & Soul, and more. In 2022, O’Brien had his latest poem “Story bud?” muralised onto the walls of temple bar. O’Brien has played 2 shows in the Gate Theatre, and in December 2022, he returned from his first European tour. In 2023 he began teaching in prisons with a project called “Storytime”.
Caoimhe Weakliam – a Dublin-based spoken word poet with a voice held firmly on the pulse of modern society, her storytelling narratives wind through such topics as cultural decline, women’s experiences and contemporary inequalities. She recently performed as part of Dublin Fringe Festival, Culture Night and two sets at this year’s Electric Picnic.
Anna Doran– is a poet and singer/songwriter from Dublin who has recently begun performing her writing as spoken word. She is now a member of the Poetry Kiln Collective. Anna has an interest in the interplay between emotions and patterns of behaviour, family and collective trauma and the impact of oppressive systems on how we relate to each other and the world today. She is a mother, a teacher, a dramatherapist and a doctoral student with a passion for inclusion and educational reform. Her poems are raw, honest and relatable portrayals of her experience of the human condition in all it’s grime and glory.
Leon Dunne – As Leon puts it, “I write poems and stories for people that may feel left behind by the mainstream culture”. In November 2022 the artist won The All-Ireland Poetry Slam Championship held in Cork and in March 2023 he performed at Trafalgar Square, in front of 15,000 people, as part of London’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This year Leon will represent Dublin in SlamoVision, a project of the international UNESCO Cities of Literature celebrating Slam poetry.
Sick Sister Introducing Sick Sister, the musical duo hailing from the marshlands of Offaly. Comprised of two wonderfully weird young women, this dynamic pair creates a harmonious fusion of genres that is sure to leave listeners spellbound. Born and raised amidst the various landscapes of Offaly’s midlands, Sick Sister draw inspiration from the untamed beauty of their surroundings. Their music is a reflection of the marsh’s haunting allure, effortlessly blending elements of folk, alternative rock, and electronic soundscapes. Their performances are a mesmerizing spectacle, captivating audiences with their ethereal melodies and raw, evocative lyrics. With their undeniable talent and unmistakable chemistry, Sick Sister have become local darlings, captivating the hearts of music enthusiasts after an absorbing performance at Electric Picnic 2023. Their rise in popularity is a testament to their passion and authenticity, as they fearlessly carve their path in the Irish music scene.
David Hynes – MC. Poet and comedian David Hynes has been performing up and down the country for almost a decade now. A veteran of Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, and many other festivals. Soul-searching poems written in pain and humour born out of necessity, he has made fans everywhere he has issued breath. He embarks now on what he is sure will be his biggest voyage yet. He’s been a member of many collectives and presently is with A-musing and The Poetry Kiln.