Popular reggae band The Light Runners to play Clon in March

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Ireland’s busiest reggae band, The Light Runners from Cork City, are all set for a return visit to The Venue in Clonakilty on ‘Paddy’s Eve’ (March 16) to kickstart their spring/summer season and to introduce their new recruits.

The Light Runners are very excited to introduce their new backing singer Christiana Underwood, daughter of the famous jazz/blues singer Karen. Christiana is already well-known in these parts as one of the singers in that popular covers band ‘She Said’, the all-girl fronted powerhouse funk and vocal group, that lit-up the end of the Clonakilty Organic Arts Festival and Street Feast last June, once the tables had been cleared. Born in Chicago and raised in Cork, Christiana Underwood is a contemporary soul and recording artist. In her final year of a Music Degree at CIT Cork School of Music and Vocal Coach in The ACA of Performing Arts, Christiana is just getting started.

In the past, Underwood has collaborated with several Irish Hip-hop artists such as Gary McCarthy (GMC, Kalabanx) and Stevie G (Redfm, SoulJamz Records) and producer Ian Ring (Young Wonder, aboveDat). Currently she is front-woman of the Christiana Underwood Band and part of Karen Underwood’s Gospel Trio.

The Light Runner’s Afro-Irish line-up, representing musicians from a number of nationalities from the African continent, is now boosted by the inclusion of Tonderai Tembo from Zimbabwe performing on organ and piano keyboard. Playing alongside musicians from DR Congo and lead singer Lazare Mbouwoua from Central African Republic, Tonderai was principle musician and journeyman with a number of African Gospel Choirs in Zimbabwe and now around Ireland.

Apart from their ever-growing list of self-written reggae and funk tunes soon to be released on a new album, The Light Runners also like to re-live those popular reggae hits we all know and love, hits by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lucky Dube, Max Romeo, Mighty Diamonds…the band frequently out-sung by the chorus from the audience.

The Light Runners have many live videos filmed all over Ireland in the last few years, look for them on YouTube or facebook.

March 16, Doors 8.30 pm. Tickets €10 from uTicket.ie, O’Donovan’s Hotel Reception or on the door and valid for the disco after, which starts at midnight til 2am.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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Check out this new upbeat indie-folk track Edges, released today from Inni-K with a video by Myles O'Reilly. Inni-K will be performing at Levis’, Ballydehob on Saturday 24th February, with support from Sam Clague.

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