Pigtown Fling celebrates Limerick diversity and fusion


by Eric FitzGerald [email protected]

AS part of Limerick City of Culture 2014, over 60 Limerick musicians, producers, engineers and documentary makers have collaborated to produce Sound Out & The Pigtown Fling. This is a musical legacy project that has seen the city’s creatives work together on an original body of work that will be premiered at an event in September and released on CD.

Curating the project is Noel Hogan of The Cranberries (producer) and Dr John Greenwood (creative director).
John Greenwood explains the concept, “The Pigtown Fling invited over 50 artists from all genres of music in Limerick to enter collaborative workshops. Out of those workshops we asked them for two ideas, an A-Side and a B-Side.”
From over 40 submitted, 18 were chosen for production which make up the ‘Sound Out’ album and will be performed live next month.
Noel Hogan
Producer Noel Hogan comments, “It was a mixture of musicians in and around Limerick who work in different genres of music. A lot of them would know each other to see, within the local scene, but may not have ever worked together. What has amazed me the most was the quality that has come out. We will have this album of 18 very strong tracks, it is all home grown within Limerick.”
The Pigtown Fling used the resources that Limerick has to offer. The colleges, LIT, UL, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Irish Chamber Orchestra, local bands, electronic producers, trad musicians, songwriters, recording engineers, mastering suites, documentary filmmakers and photographers.
The first fruits of The Pigtown Fling have been released on Soundcloud this week. The track is called ‘Hide and Creep’ and features Ronan Mitchell, Aoife McLoughlin, Boris Hunka, Aoife Nic Athlaoich, Cian O’Duill, Oonagh Keogh and Kenneth Rice.

The Pigtown Fling featuring over 40 musicians happens on Saturday September 20 at Crescent Hall on O’Connell Avenue. Today FM DJ and Undertones lead singer Paul McAloon will be one of the comperes at the event. Tickets for the event are free when you purchase the limited edition CD for €12 though Lime Tree Theatre. The CD can be collected on the night of the gig on production of the ticket. Proceeds of the CD go to Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol and The Learning Hub.

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