Everyone's invited to these public performances in the Quad City region this summer!
Multidiscplinary music & theatre ensemble
Meet and Greet:
August 19 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Quad City Arts and Arts Alley
August 20 | 2 PM and 6 PM
August 21 | 10 AM and 2 PM
Location: Next to Davenport Skybridge
Address: 139 W. River Drive, Davenport, IA
Cost: FREE and open to public
Composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn work with an ensemble of 10-20 artists to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging, outside the rules of mass culture, fashion, or academia. Their current show, “Hand to Hand” is propelled by two giant puppet hands, each the size of a house and rigged like a sailing ship. The Squonkers, dwarfed by the hands, climb a multi-tiered stage. Music rises from a single finger flicking an organ key, as natural an expression of humanity as a wave or a fist. Squonk's original chamber rock drives a journey that is spectacular, plaintive, and comic. Audience members come together to grab the rigging, each individual powering a larger movement of giant fingers, a web of connections, a single dance.
(presented in collaboration with Alternating Currents Festival)
Residency dates: Aug. 20-21, 2021
Traditional Irish Tenor
Multiple locations, all shows are FREE and open to the public:
August 26 | 11 a.m. | Isabel Bloom (headquarters)
August 27 | 11 a.m. | Senior Star at Elmore Place*
Concert with full band and Irish dancer:
August 28 | 4:30 p.m. | Crawford Brew Works
(*Please note that Senior Star requires proof of Covid vaccination and masks to attend performance)
Paddy Homan, from Cork City, Ireland, is a Chicago-based Irish Tenor and professional speaker. He has brought his talented voice and quick-witted Cork humor to hundreds of stages and venues in the Chicago area, the Midwest, New England, California, and Hawaii, as well as in Ireland. Paddy is a keynote speaker in senior living retirement communities where he presents on the role of music in supporting seniors at home and in their residences.
John Devitt, Chairman of the Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest described I Am Ireland: “Paddy, with his beautiful voice, wit and charm pulls together more than 200 years of Irish history that leaves the audience informed and thoroughly entertained. I highly recommend this show which is a fitting tribute to the men and women who yearned and sung about the struggle for Irish Freedom and whose songs and stories are a vital part of our Irish Heritage."
Residency dates: Aug. 26-28, 2021