The Voice & The Verse brings together two of Ireland's leading musicians (Niall Connolly & David Rynhart) with two of Ireland's cutting edge poets (Neil McCarthy & Stephen Murray) and stuffs them into 3-hour show. They are all accomplished performers of their art and have taken the stage in Glastonbury, New York, London, Budapest, Melbourne and the Prague Fringe. Niall Connolly is one of Ireland's hardest working and most exciting independent songwriters. In the last year he has relentlessly toured Europe and North America where his combination of sincerity, energy, humour and superb song writing that have helped him defy language barriers, geography and, quite often, common sense! He has just released his third album, The Future Tense. www.niallconnolly.com, www.myspace.com/niallconnolly Neil McCarthy studied English Literature at the National University of Ireland in Galway and began writing poetry whilst studying. His first publications appeared in local magazines and after influences and experiences in South America, Central Asia and Scandinavia, his work has since appeared in magazines and journals that include The New York Quarterly (USA), Southern Ocean Review(New Zealand), The Dalhousie Review (Canada), Poetry Salzburg Review (Austria), Dream Catcher & Iota (UK), as well as being included in an anthology of contemporary Irish-Canadian poetry. In 2005 he was short listed for the Firewords Literary Award in Ireland. Stephen Murray performed as guest poet at the Green Mill, Chicago; The Bowery, New York; The Sweetest Word, Detroit; Laushaus, Bamberg, Landsberg and Regensberg; Minoriten Kultur, Graz, Austria; Cafe Huber, Vienna; The Bardroom, Budapest; The Bedroom; The White House, Limerick; Provocateur, Prague; The Prague Fringe Festival; Electric Picnic, Lois, Eire; The Twelve Bar Club, London; Kabaret, London. He was Cuirt International Lit Fest Poetry Grand Slam Champion 2005 and the Electric Picnic Slam Champion 2007. http://www.myspace.com/poetron David Rynhart is currently playing in the Acoustic Duo 'Si Tu Savais' with mandolinist Patrick Shank. The music is a acoustic mix of bluegrass, celtic, gypsy swing, traditional folk songs, rock and roll covers, and original instrumentals and songs. http://www.myspace.com/davidrynhart
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