Open House Festival Podcast
About This Show
John D'Arcy presents The Open House Festival Podcast from Bangor FM - covering some of the highlights from Northern Ireland's premier month-long, music and arts festival by the sea – with a bit of help from festival insider, Ness Haynes.
The Open House Festival has a carefully curated programme of household names, Festival favourites (and local heroes) rubbing shoulders with the experimental, the eclectic and the downright divergent.
Join us, week by week, across the month of August, as the festival unfolds. Expect exclusive interviews, behind the scenes chat and live music from Festival friends.
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 4: Punks, Dreams and a Ball!
As we race headlong into the last week of August – can we really be in the last week of Open House Festival already?! Boo! We’ve been collecting yet more exclusive interviews with our Open House movers and shakers - and stick around for some tips on shows not to miss cos the clock is tickin’ and when its gone, it’s gone!
First up, Ness meets the “ass kickin’ redneck stringband” better known as the Foghorn String Band who brought their Old-Time American folk music, all the way from Portland Oregon to the Ballyholme Yacht club last Sunday – and then gets the scoop on great pop-up theatre from Pint Sized Theatre’s Gerard McCabe.
We have a weekend celebrating anniversaries: Punk is 40 years young and Tom Calwell tells us more about the Bangor Barmy Army punk weekender to mark the occasion – ahead of punk legends, The Damned playing the Marine Court Hotel. And, celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, we meet the London-based production company, Merely Theatre, who are bringing 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' to The Walled Garden this weekend.
Plus, John catches up with Reggie Chamberlain King ahead of his fascinating lecture 'The Death of Dr Crawford'. And if that wasn’t enough: Belle of the Ball, Sharon Matchett invites us all to The Festival Ball, which will be a glittering tribute to the Swing era and John talks to the brilliant new 5 piece band Swimming Tapes.
Rounding it all off nicely, the icing on our festival cake this week is Hannah McPhillimy who brings us some live music in the studio.