Well, this is jaw-dropping.It takes a certain level of mastery to play the music of Snarky Puppy, as the unique jazz/funk collective flows through ornate compositions with panache. To totally re-interpret that music, however, is on a level of its own. That’s what this A cappella group did, as part of their unique “Adapted for Six Voices” series. The sextet tackled Puppy’s famed song “Shofukan” with a twist, abandoning all instruments for a vocal-only rendition.Feast your ears on this incredible adaptation in the video below.For comparison, here’s the original version of “Shofukan.” Vocalist CreditsSoprano: India CarneyAlto: Erin BentlageTenor: Nathan HeldmanBaritone: Ben McLainBass: Tracy RobertsonVocal Percussion: Charlie Arthur
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – The United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds will have a little extra incentive to reach the front during Saturday’s Pack the Stands night at Dodge City Raceway Park as extra money has been added to their purse for the Aug. 31 event.Saturday’s card, which offers free admission to Dodge City residents, also includes the track’s other championship chase divisions of IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets with racing action going green at 7:30 p.m. An extra $500 has been added to the United Wireless IMCA SportMod purse on Saturday night by an anonymous donor.Two hundred of the added $500 will go to the feature winner to bring the victor’s total take to $500. One hundred dollars has been added to both second and third place with 50 dollars added to both fourth and fifth, bringing the total payout for second through fifth to $325, $275, $200 and $175, respectively.The United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified division has featured highly competitive racing action on a regular basis in 2013 with seven different drivers reaching victory lane in 10 feature events thus far.Austin Walker has made the visit to victory lane most often with three triumphs while Mike Shenberger has scored a pair of wins. Single triumphs have been claimed by Jeff Kaup, Clay Sellard, Andy Barton, Clay Money and Randle McRoberts.While he has notched only one victory, Kaup has posted seven other finishes among the top four including three runner-up showings to amass a point lead of 65 markers over Toby Witthuhn with Matthew Crowell, Walker and Josh Appel also among a tightly-bunched top five in points.Admission to Saturday’s action for those who are not residents of Dodge City is $10 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.Only one night of DCRP racing action remains after this Saturday’s card, that being the Sept. 28 Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial event that includes the URSS Sprint Cars along with the track’s IMCA Modifieds, SportMods and Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets.
‘Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh’, the one-man show on the life and works of Pádraig Pearse written and performed by Noel Ó Gallchóir, will be staged for the final time in Halla Paróiste Ghort a’ Choirce on 28 December. Ó Gallchóir, who won the 2014 BBC Stewart Parker Award for his drama on the life and works of Rann na Feirste writer Seosamh Mac Grianna, has received very high acclaim among audiences throughout the country in this, the centenary year of the Easter Rising.‘Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh’ has been performed 57 times throughout Ireland in 2016 as well as one show in Glasgow. Noel has performed the show throughout his native Donegal on 21 occasions as well as 11 performances in Dublin, 12 across Northern Ireland and 13 shows at various other theatres throughout the country, including Galway, Meath, Waterford, Cork, Kerry and Monaghan. In addition to these performances, Noel was invited by Éamonn Ó Cuív, TD, to perform in the Mansion House, Dublin, for 700 people at the Fianna Fáil Commemoration on 1916. The drama was also performed in UCD and in the Freemasons Hall as part the 1916 Easter Commemoration in Dublin. Overall, the show has been seen by over 8,000 people so far this year.The play is a personal and stirring representation of the life and works of Pádraig Pearse in which the best of his creative writings are brought back to life and illustrated masterfully.Ó Gallchóir thinks that that creative aspect of Pearse’s legacy is too often forgotten and has been very pleased to audiences’ responses to poems such as ‘Mise Éire’, ‘Fornocht do Chonac Thú’, ‘Bean tSléibhe ag caoineadh a mic’ and as well as his dramatic portrayal of ‘Eoghainín na nÉan’. At a showing in Gaoth Dobhair in March, a member of the audience had this to say: ‘If I didn’t celebrate 1916-2016 in any other way other than to see this drama, Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh, I would die a happy man.’2016 was undoubtedly an important year in Irish history with many centenary celebrations and commemorations taking place all over the country.The legacy of the Easter Rising was celebrated in many different ways at these events and Ó Gallchóir felt it was important to contribute to these commemorations, and to do so in his native tongue: ‘Over the years, there was an element of distrust and some people were reluctant or even ashamed to talk about the legacy of 1916 or the language, as it had become tied up with the violence in the North’.He continued, ‘The public really took ownership of the commemoration. Especially in the Donegal Gaeltacht, we had many events that really helped to deepen an understanding of the sacrifice made in 1916, of what they were trying to achieve and how the Irish language was a part of that.’‘Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh’ has surely been a successful and fitting tribute to Pearse and the commemoration of the Easter Rising itself.It has also offered audiences a much fuller and multifaceted depiction of Pearse than that which is usually portrayed. The play features elements of Pearse’s life in Dublin and in Ros Muc, for example, his time as a teacher and a scholar as well as other important events in his life, including his oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa and the foundation of Scoil Éanna (St Enda’s) in Dublin. The final performance of ‘Ó Pheann an Phiarsaigh’ will take place on Wednesday, 28 December @ 8pm in Halla Paróiste Ghort a’ Choirce. The drama will be followed by music and song by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year), Connie Mhary Mhicí, Diane Cannon, Conor Ó Gallchóir and Clíodhna Ní Ghallchóir.Admission is €10 and all proceeds will go to the Donegal Hospice. Everyone is welcome to attend.Donegal writer’s play on 1916 to raise funds for Donegal Hospice was last modified: December 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:1916centeneryEaster RisingNoel Ó GallchóirPadraig PearsePlay