A packed Markethouse witnessed and enjoyed another great Arts Network Showcase. First
up was the Carrickmacross Comhaltas Dancers and for dancers you require music and
both of these were present and excellent. This Branch of Comhaltas run weekly classes,
hold monthly sessions and stage an annual festival. Together with Tullycorbet CCE
they organise a Fleadh and they have performed in the Waterfront, Belfast, and National
Concert Hall, Dublin. They are twinned with Carhaix in Brittany, France, and visit
each others centres. At the showcase they demonstrated Sean Nós dancing and Set dancing
including the 'Monaghan Jump'. The music played by the group was the type you could
listen to all night. Next up was R>N - singer songwriters - Niamh Murray and Ruairi
Forde. Niamh is a singer in demand at weddings and other special occasions while
Ruairi is guitarist and singer. Both have performed solo at events in the past too
but it was a duo at the Showcase and they captured their audience with their voice
of numbers and the quality of the voice and the accompanying music. All then had
a break for the socialising, which is so much a part of the Showcase night. Finger
food was served courtesy of the Eastern Balti and Toss and staff. While on the lower
floor Seamus McDermott gave us an insight into the work that goes into the making
of the wonderful wood display there. This is well worth a visit. Monica Liddle, nee
McNally, formerly from Glaslough now living near Corracrin, began her presentation
describing herself as a decorative painter specialising in stenciling, gilding, marble
and murals. She described the work involved and showed us examples of some of the
work she has done - all of which was remarkable. Then Anita McKenna, living near
Emyvale, told us how she qualified as a Hairdresser and Make up artist but then began
producing head pieces to complement the work she was already doing. These she sells,
or hires, to ladies for weddings etc and are specially made to go along with outfits.
She creates modern designs but also likes to work with classic concepts as well.
The final act for the night was 'Sidetracked' - an alternative rock group from Monaghan.
They compose much of the music they play and we were entertained by a varied selection
of songs which demonstrated a wide range of talent. All in all another very successful
and top class night of entertainment and enjoyment which was introduced to us by
Master of Ceremonies, Donnacha MacGabhann with his unique turn of phrase and humour.