A night of Thomastown music and art

HAVING moved to Thomastown several years ago, Manic Street Preachers sound engineer Dave Cooper was struck by the wealth of artistic talent surrounding him.

HAVING moved to Thomastown several years ago, Manic Street Preachers sound engineer Dave Cooper was struck by the wealth of artistic talent surrounding him.

He, like many others in the town, recognised the need to give the multitude of artists and musicians working locally a platform for their creative practices. Knocking heads together with local bands The River Valley Band, The White Liars, The T-town Bottlestoppers and many others from the local arts scene, the idea to establish an arts collective and website to promote local arts was born.

The creation of Little Mill Productions is almost completed and it is hoped that those working in the areas of arts, crafts, film and music in Thomastown will use the site to promote their ideas, events and products. It will be a non-profit-making, community-run commodity.

With three local acts set to release albums this year, it was fitting that a launch night for this idea should incorporate a live gig with The Whiteliars, The T-town Bottlestoppers and The River Valley Band.

This will take place in the Set Theatre on May 26 when Thomastown’s arts community will relocate to Kilkenny for an evening of music and multimedia.

To celebrate and promote this venture, there will be a special CD for sale featuring several other Thomastown acts as well as those playing on the night. Each album will have its own sleeve designed by local artists such as Bernie Kiely, Ramie Leahy, Roisin Leadbetter, Tom Dack, Joan Fitzgerald Cahill, Amelia Peart, Shem Caulfield, Sid Evans and Ross Stewart.

The album will be available from Rollercoaster Records in the week leading up to the launch, and those who purchase in advance can avail of half-price entry to the Set with their receipt.

The night promises to mark the beginning of an exciting era for not only Thomastown but Kilkenny arts.