An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, with special guests Michael Longley, Anne Enright, Glen Hansard, Martin Hayes and Lisa Lambe.
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. Muldoon's guests at The Gate will present Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poet Michael Longley, Man Booker prize-winning author Anne Enright, internationally renowned singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, one of the most significant talents in the world of Irish traditional music Martin Hayes, and the acclaimed vocalist and actor Lisa Lambe.
“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).
The title ‘Muldoon’s Picnic’ refers to a popular 19th-century New York vaudeville act, which inspired the New York based Paul Muldoon to begin hosting these carefully-blended evenings of literature and music back in 2014.
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.”