Author Archives: Johnny Keenan

This morning/afternoon

Borris Castle, County Carlow.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) joins ‘revellers’ at BARE music and arts Festival for choons, chats and massive amounts of drugs hugs.

Johnny (in pic 6) is live tweeting from the festival and can be followed here and here.

BARE

Thursday: BARE All This Weekend

Update:

BARE festival.

Tomorrow and Saturday in Borris, County Carlow.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) will be live tweeting from BARE throughout the weekend.

Johnny writes:

After building a fantastic one day festival in Portarlington, County Offaly, for three years in a row the BARE lads have uprooted their tent and accouterments, and brought it down to beautiful Borris on the foot of Mount Leinster in County Carlow….

Thankfully the festival gods are shining on the organisers of BARE Festival. They have overcome the most important obstacle for an Irish festival (outside of small mindedness), The Weather!

People always say I hope ya get the weather for it. Well the weather is here, the line up is deadly and the craic is going to be savage.

Recommendations include

God Is An Astronaut:- think Pink Floyd and you’re only half way to your celestial star
Craic Appeal :- Kilkenny Rap via Jobourg
Kila:– Tog E go Bog E! enuf said
RiRa:- Get ready to keep er’ going til 25 O’Clock in the mornin’
Davina & The Messengers:- Get the message
Shakalak:– in tune with the offbeat mood swingers.
Scene Of the Rhyme:- Be there or be square

Fair play to BARE for making this happen. Fair play to you for supporting Bare.

Don’t forget the sunscreen…

Bare festival

This morning/afternoon.

Ballinlough Castle, County Westmeath.

Blazing weather, morning yoga and philosophy.

This is like no festival you have ever been to in Ireland.

Broadsheet on the Telly‘s Johnny keenan is live tweeting from Body & Soul until tomorrow night.

If you see him please say hello as he is unaccompanied and loves a ‘natter’.

Body & Soul

Yesterday: We’re In!

From top: Body & Soul  2017 aerial view; Rí-Rá

Going to Body & Soul [from tomorrow, June 22-24 at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath]?

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) will be live tweeting from the event.

Johnny writes:

One act I highly recommend is the midland maverick and king of Irish hip-hop ex Scary Eire front man Rí-Rá, who performs on Sunday.

This festival literally has something for every body and soul though.

So let yourself go to the special place in your mind and get to the heart of the island this weekend and find that Alchemy that’s deep within you and me.

Peace & Live (not a typo)

FIGHT!

Body & Soul

From top: from left: Gino Kenny, Vera Twomey, Hazel Robinson and Kenny Tynan; from left: Johnny Keenan, Vera Twomey  and Mike Cunningham in Athlone last Sunday. Above: Kenny addressing a rally in Athlone.

Last night.

Longford, County Longford.

A rally and march across Longford town to promote the legalisation of cannabis.

Kenny Tynan, who has brain tumour and recently had his cannabis oil seized, was joined by friends, family and fellow activists Vera Twomey, Gino Kenny TD, Hazel Robinson Mike Cunningham and Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) to urge the easing of access to medicinal cannabis.

Kenny Tynan

Previously: Athlone He Stands

Cannabis oil activist Alex Beizart, who has died aged 54, spoke at last month’s 420 rally (above).

Johnny Keenan writes:

Today we say farewell to Alex Baizert. A true activist for the cause of cannabis oil for medicinal use and a supporter for the use of cannabis in general.

Alex was a considerate gentleman with a great sense of humour. He suffered with a brain tumor and campaigned for the legalisation of cannabis oil because it worked in easing the symptom of his condition: epileptic seizures.

Because he was such a supporter of countless campaigns and gave personal support to other campaigners he knew all the relevant people associated with the cannabis movement.

He wrote to all the TDs, senators and councillors in the country to make them aware of the benefits of cannabis oil for medicinal use.

He always spoke articulately eloquently diplomatically and passionately. Articulating to the point where The Oireachtas Health Committee had to listen to this voice of reason.

He was granted a licence to gain cannabis oil only last week.

Instead of taking his medicine and going home he promised to continue to campaign for other people who needed the same medicine.

Unfortunately Alex had a bad fall on Friday, April 27.

He passed away on last Sunday at Lourdes Hospital Drogheda. His funeral took place today at a crematorium in Dublin.

The compassionate and cannabis community of Ireland want to extend our deepest condolences to Alex’s family and close friends.

If you are in Drogheda this evening (after 5pm) Nolan’s Bar will play host to remember and pay great respects to a friend and hero. Donations can be made here

His kind heart, mind and spirit will never be forgotten by the people he met and helped along his journey.

Alex Baizert Memorial Page (Facebook)

Previously: In Awe Of Vera

Derek Clabby (above) in 2018, in #Kingsativa (top far right) and The Bionic Rats (middle pic foreground) and as Del Bionic with ‘Don’t Let Them Get Away with It.

Concert promoter Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

So many people can go through this life in complete ignorant bliss. Listening to poxy radio with one banal tune after the other. I kind of envy them in the sense they don’t seem to have any real concerns. But I certainly don’t want to live my life like that.

Seventeen years ago I booked the most politically astute band in the country at the time, #Kingsativa, for a venue in Kilkenny. Long before hashtags were all the rage I knew I was dealing with something real and raw and on the edge.

The bass player and main lyricist of these band of reggae soul brothers was Derek Clabby known now  as Del Bionic.

Coming out of Kilbarrack this man has being writing killer tunes since he was a boy. Inspired and influenced by the reggae vibes and ska beats of Jamaica, he brings his own Dubland style.

And, it’s fair to say he is the longest gigging and most consistent musician of this gratifying genre on the island right now.

Always moving forward he is now singer and songwriter of Ireland’s biggest secret… The Bionic Rats

It’s a tribute to his spirit and consistency that since he first started performing in 1992 he never faltered or sold out.

However when I hear the anger and frustration in this newly penned piece I am also angry and frustrated. For different reasons though.

As a lover and promoter of music I can’t understand how someone that has consistently soundtracked Dublin and Ireland for 26 years is not known to radio stations in the capital. Apart from Near Fm and a few more mavericks.

When a citizen of our country gives his heart mind and soul by holding a mirror up to society and highlighting the good the bad the beautiful and the ugly, surely he deserves a platform.

I’m sick of seeing frustrated artists blacklisted by corporate radio stations..

And for RTÉ not to have a real music show covering alternative music from Ireland is actually unbelievable.

This battered and broken republic should be dancing to a beat of many alternative tunes.

In the meantime I for one am thankful that serious sound heads like Derek Clabby are there to remind me what it’s all about.

Derek Clabby (Del Bionic)

And help get Stephen to Russia

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

The StopmyPPMS campaign to send Irish arts professional Stephen Garland to Moscow for life changing treatment has received a massive boost.

The FAI have made 2 pairs of Premium tickets available for the most important football game in Ireland in 2017, the return leg of ‘a do or die’ Play Off, Ireland V Denmark, on Tuesday Nov ember14 in the Aviva Stadium, for the 2018  World Cup.

The tickets will go to raffle, available online here to everyone who wants to ‘have a punt, for a tenner’, or have 6 tickets in the draw for €50, to be in with 2 chances of winning a pair

The draw will take place on Facebook Live, on Sunday, November 12

Stephen is due to enter the hospital in Moscow on November 20, for 30+ days. I would greatly appreciate any help in getting the word out to as many of the boys and girls in Green as possible.

Enter draw here

Stephen Garland (Stop My PPMS)

Johnny Keenan writes:

It is with a heavy heart that unfortunately we have to postpone our End Of Summer Vibe/One Love Concert scheduled for this Sunday, September 10 in the open air Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre in  Kilkenny.

The reason that I decided to pull the plug was based on two factors. The first and most importantly was the weather. It’s 95% forecast of rain and also to be cold. This is not at all conducive to the vibe we want to generate.

Although there is so much good will for the event ticket sales have not being forthcoming. So the reasoning behind this is that people have decided to see what the weather is like on Sunday.

As we have so much good people giving their time and talents for little or no monetary gain we have taken the tough decision to postpone until early summer 2018.

The residents in Direct Provision Centres in The South East at Waterford and Tramore are disappointed that the concert will not go ahead but are happy that something will be organised in 2018.

This will give us more time to highlight the plight of people in Direct Provision and hopefully this time next year Direct Provision will be dealt with for the betterment of everyone.

In the meantime please support the initative of Kilkenny Solidarity Dinners who have being doing fantastic work in organising some great afternoons with our brothers and sisters in Direct Provision.

Promoter Stephen Garland who was also to benefit from this event has got some good news. He will now go to Russia for his much needed surgery this November. So for anyone who wants to sponsor Stephen please do so by visiting his website

We have got so much support locally and nationally with this event. In order to do it justice we will look forward and move forward together for making OneLoveKK 2018 a reality.

Thanks to the following for their support and goodwill.

All the Crew at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Martin Leahy for designing poster. Perfecto Print Kilkenny, Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny, The Book Centre Kilkenny, KCLR fm, The Kilkenny People, The Kilkenny Reporter, The Kilkenny Journal, Lucky Khambule MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland), Broadsheet.ie, Residents in Direct Provision Centres in Waterford and Tramore. Oliva Lyng, Gareth Hanlon, Sandrine Dunlop, Geraldine Fahy, Emmanuel & Nic at Kilkennny Solidarity Dinners and for everyone else who i’ve missed who has got behind this event and will get behind it again in 2018.

End Of Summer Vibe/One Love Concert

in Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilkenny on Sunday, September 10. (Gates 1pm ).

BYOP (bring your own picnic) and share with people from Direct Provison Centres in Carrick-On-Suir, Waterford and Tramore.

Proceeds will help to buy school books and uniforms for children in Direct Provision

Organiser Jahnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

There are currently 4500 residents living in 35 Direct Provision Centres in Republic of Ireland. 1500 are children.

 We have teamed up with MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers Ireland) and the good folk at Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre to organise a positive vibration, in order to bring people of all backgrounds of our nation together in one love and one harmony on one Sunday afternoon in September.

The aim is to have a celebration of life through great music and to have the craíc with each other regardless of race, colour or creed.

Fight!

Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster here

Also available at Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny and Kilkenny Book Centre.

End Of Summer Vibe