Muldoon’s Picnic - 2019 Irish Tour dates announced

22nd May 2019

An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon's Picnic is hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon,‘the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War’ (Times Literary Supplement). 

After ten sold out seasons at the Irish Arts Center in New York and a highly successful Irish tour in 2017, Muldoon’s Picnic returns for six dates nationwide 2nd-11th August 2019. 

The title ‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville show, which inspired the New York based Muldoon to begin hosting these carefully-blended evenings of literature and music back in 2014. 

Described by Time Out New York as “a music-and-literature extravaganza,” each show on the tour has a bespoke mix of artists from the worlds of music and literature. Guests such as Michael Longley, Lisa O’Neill, Zadie Smith, and Horslips will join Muldoon for six different evenings of creative and collaborative energy. 

Paul Muldoon describes ‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ as a direct response to that ancient impulse to perform, to share, to make one’s own amusement; “It’s one of our most basic instincts; to listen to a song, listen to a poem. Even in this era when people have their noses stuck in their tablets, it still works.” 

The house band for the show is Rogue Oliphant - a collective of musicians and composers including Chris Harford (Three Colors, Band of Changes), Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues), David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, The Alpha Band) and Ray Kubian (Electric Six, Chris Forsyth).

At the Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo on Friday 2nd August, Paul Muldoon and Rogue Oliphant will be joined by guests Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, one of the most prominent poets writing in the Irish language today, acclaimed Belfast writer Wendy Erskine, and Irish traditional singer and song collector Len Graham, and the unique piano-based songwriter Duke Special. 

The Gate Theatre in Dublin on Sunday 4th August will see one of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets, Michael Longley, Man Booker prize-winning author Anne Enright, critically acclaimed vocalist and actor Lisa Lambe, and one of the most significant talents in the world of Irish traditional music, Martin Hayes, and the internationally renowned musician and songwriter Glen Hansard as guests on Muldoon’s stage. 

On Bank Holiday Monday 5th August at The Everyman in Cork, contemporary English novelist, essayist, and short-story writer Zadie Smith, Northern Irish novelist and poet Nick Laird, and the ‘Godfathers of Celtic Rock’ Horslips are the special guests.

On Wednesday 7th August at Glór, Ennis, Muldoon will be joined by singer, songwriter and storyteller Declan O’Rourke, musician, composer, poet and the last surviving member of the definitive line-up of The Dubliners John Sheahan, Nigerian-born, Longford-raised spoken word poet Felicia Olusanya and Irish Times journalist and cultural commentator Fintan O'Toole.

On Friday 9th August at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon Belfast poet Stephen Sexton, folk singer-songwriter Lisa O'Neill, and journalist and author Sinéad Gleeson are special guests.

The final night of the tour takes place in The Mac, Belfast on Sunday 11th August with the ‘Queen of Celtic Music’ Moya Brennan and virtuoso harpist Cormac de Barra, Irish novelist and screenwriter John Banville and West Cork poet Leanne O’Sullivan. 

Poetry Ireland has a growing reputation for producing dynamic literature events on a significant scale. This tour will introduce audiences to some of the finest writers and musicians performing today. 

Produced by Poetry Ireland and supported by an Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Arts Council of Northern Ireland Touring Grant.

TICKETS can be booked through individual venues listed below. 


Muldoon’s Picnic TOUR DATES

Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo

Friday 2nd August

With Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Wendy Erskine, Len Graham and Duke Special

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Gate Theatre, Dublin

Sunday 4th August

With Michael Longley, Anne Enright, Martin Hayes, Glen Hansard and Lisa Lambe

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The Everyman Theatre, Cork

Monday 5th August

With Nick Laird, Zadie Smith and Horslips

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Glór, Ennis

Wednesday 7th August

With Declan O’Rourke, John Sheahan, Felicia Olusanya and Fintan O'Toole

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The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

Friday 9th August

With Stephen Sexton, Lisa O'Neill, Sinéad Gleeson

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The MAC, Belfast

Sunday 11th August

With Moya Brennan and Cormac DeBarra, John Banville, Leanne O’Sullivan

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