An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, with special guests Declan O’Rourke, John Sheahan, Felicia Olusanya and Fintan O'Toole in Ennis.
Muldoon's Picnic is a cabaret-style evening produced by Poetry Ireland and hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, ‘the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War’, (Times Literary Supplement).
After a successful Irish tour in 2017, as well as ten sold out seasons at the Irish Arts Center in New York, Muldoon’s Picnic returns for six dates nationwide 2-11th August 2019.
Each show on the tour has a bespoke mix of artists from the worlds of music and literature. In Ennis, Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant will welcome 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 as special guests.
“A music-and-literature extravaganza” - Time Out New York
Devised and developed by the acclaimed Irish poet Paul Muldoon, the show is hosted by Muldoon and house band 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).
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.”