Briefly Up Close

Feibhár Baldwin-Wall

Feibhár Baldwin-Wall

A young Kilkenny-based performer is looking for your support. Feibhár Baldwin-Wall is an 18-year-old singer and songwriter of immense talent. At the start of the summer she entered Search for a Star competition at Clarehall Shopping Centre in Dublin which is aiming to find the next big recording star. She’s made it into the semi-finals and will compete against 35 others for a part in the grand finale, which will see performances before a judging panel of XFactor and Celebrity Bainisteoir star Mary Byrne, Eurovision star Paul Harrington and 98fm’s John Barker. They will select a winner to receive €1,000 along with a professionally recorded EP and one-to-one mentoring with Paul Harrington. On Saturday Feibhár performed live at the shopping centre and her video of Little Red Riding Hood’s up to view online. To help Feibhár on her way in the contest, you can text Go Feibhar to 51444 or vote via and select Feibhár’s video Little Red Riding Hood. You can also enjoy more of her work on her own Facebook page.

Town of Books

Graignamanagh again becomes the Town of Books for its 10th annual festival this weekend. From Friday through Sunday you’ll find an array of book stalls in every available venue with some extra activities to enjoy, among them country food and craft fair, guided walks, readings and performances.

Kilkenny Film Club

Kilkenny Film Club rolls on this Tuesday with a viewing of Bill Cunningham New York up for grabs. The 2010 documentary profiling the noted veteran NYC fashion photographer it also features American Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, fashion designer Michael Kors and a host of renowned names from the industry. The Set Theatre is again the venue for the club’s autumn-winter season, which also has lined up A Separation (October 9), La Grande Illusion (October 23), Melancholia (November 6), Lapland Odyssey (November 20), Moonrise Kingdom (December 4) and Le Havre (December 18). All films begin at 8pm, and entry costs €8 per film or €40 for a season ticket.

Whistle Down the Wind

The people at Starlight Stage Productions don’t rest on their laurels. It’s not long since we saw them take to the local stage and there’ve been various public performances of their works in local shopping centres. This Thursday the crew takes to the Watergate Stage with their take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman’s Whistle Down the Wind. Billing it as the Irish amateur premiere of the musical, you can see it from 8pm.


Neighbouring Carlow has a wealth of activity on offer for Friday’s Culture Night but the highlight of the event is Taylorfest. Celebrating the life and exploring the mystery around the death 140 years ago of Carlovian William Desmond Taylor, a successful Hollywood actor and director of the Silent Era, this festival will spread across the weekend. It offers up a selection of Taylor’s classic films, performances from his extraordinary life, talks from world experts and more across a number of the towns venues.


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