Kevin Barry, Vona Groarke, Lisa Lambe and members of Horslips join Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon for the opening night of Muldoon’s Picnic Tour
An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose and music, Muldoon’s Picnic is a cabaret-style evening, by turns witty, exuberant, and sophisticated, 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 and again in 2019, as well as ten sold out seasons at the Irish Arts Centre in New York, Muldoon’s Picnic returns for four dates nationwide 10-14 August
Each show on the tour has a bespoke mix of artists from the worlds of music and literature. On Wednesday August 10, kicking off the Irish tour from the Lime Tree Theatre stage in Limerick, Paul Muldoon and house band Rogue Oliphant will be joined by award-winning novelist and short story writer Kevin Barry, one of the leading Irish poets of her generation Vona Groarke, critically acclaimed vocalist and actor Lisa Lambe, and members of the ‘Godfathers of Celtic Rock’ Horslips.
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 Colours, Band of Changes), Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues), David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, The Alpha Band), Ray Kubian (Electric Six, Chris Forsyth) and Warren Zanes (Del Fuegos).
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.”
Muldoon’s Picnic plays at Lime Tree Theatre on Wednesday August 10.
Joining Paul Muldoon will be Kevin Barry, Vona Groarke, Lisa Lambe and members of Horslips.
Tickets: €20. Booking: www.limetreetheatre.ie Box Office: 061 953 400.