It sounds like an almost-live experience. In what is billed as the first of its kind in Ireland, SEAC Live brings live gigs and Irish artists back to audiences – worldwide, with social distancing. The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre’s (SEAC) usual summer Garden Party series, with Irish and international artists rocking the venue’s dome stage in Naul, north Co Dublin, is on pause this year. In the meantime it is bringing the music to the audiences with high-quality web streaming, for live interactive musical performances through Zoom (while also giving musicians an income).

Partnering with Windmill Lane Recording Studios to stream SEAC Live, the technology aims to put at-home audiences into Studio 1 with the musicians, for concerts of folk, traditional and contemporary Irish music, to be viewed on smart TVs or mobile devices. The studio ensures high quality sound, and the space for multiple cameras to film performances. Viewers can sign up to be projected on to the walls of the studio during the show, for a real audience feel for the band, and allowing chat with performers, requests and a “front row” seat, from all over the world.

This Saturday, July 25th catch Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, the multi-award winning traditional singer/musician from west Kerry, a soloist as well as lead singer/flute player with Danú. A singer of sean nós, as well as folk and contemporary songs, she’s performing live at 8.20pm with Gerry O’Beirne (six and 12 string, slide guitar and ukulele) and multi-instrumentalist Dónal O’Connor. Tickets €5 at

Fishamble playlets

During the past few months Fishamble challenged people in Ireland – and further afield – to write 600-word playlets, and the theatre company now presents a selection of them online on Friday, July 24th. They’re a combination of pieces performed on the O’Reilly Theatre stage and filmed, and multimedia pieces created digitally. Directed by Jim Culleton and filmed by Jeda de Brí, the creative team includes Carl Kennedy (sound), John Gunning (lighting), and Maree Kearns (costume), and the project employed more than 50 arts workers. Any physical interaction between characters is by performers in the same household.

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