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But enough about that.

A date for your diary.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly) writes:

The Laughing Stock Comedy Club are back with their ‘6th Public Members Bill’.

26th February 2020 is the 26th anniversary of Bill Hicks’ passing and we are honoured to have his brother Steve Hicks (top left with Bill in the 1980s and interviewed in a 2015 documentary, above)) live in The Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Steve will share his own memories, and answer any questions you always wanted answered about the life and times of Bill.

The 3 hour show will also feature live tributes by comedians singers and poets who play from their f**kin heart, video tributes and other surprises. A raffle will take place for a portrait of Bill.

As always a local [ Dublin] charity and Bill Hicks Wildlife Foundation will benefit from door and raffle receipts, after costs.

Tickets €17.50 (excluding booking and handling fee) are on sale now (at link below.

Bill Hicks Tribute Night (Sugar Club)

Bill Hicks Tribute (Facebook)

 

Free Saturday, August 17?

Why not celebrate Woodstock in the midlands.

Johnny Keenan writes:

Calling All Activists & Artists! When we think of Woodstock we ultimately think of peace, love, understanding, respect and honesty, via the art of Rock N’ Roll.

It’s very fitting then that on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock (to the day) should be celebrated In a Discovery Park in the middle of Ireland.

Offaly Good Vibes endeavor to celebrate and emulate in some small way the spirit of Woodstock, by creating “Offaly Good Stock” on Saturday 17th August 2019 12pm – 8pm Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co Offaly, Ireland.

All that we ask is you bring an open mind and open heart with a packed lunch.

AND Please dress appropriately in Woodstock Garb.

Offaly Good Stock – Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Woodstock

‘Change Makers’.

Featuring Gemma O’Doherty, Seamus Maye, Anna Kavanagh and Alo Mohan.

On Monday, August 13 in St Canice’s Neighbourhood Hall, Butts Green, Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny at 7:45pm with a suggested donation of €5.

Activist & Artist Facilitator Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!), writes:

Some of Ireland’s leading campaigners for change come together for an evening to speak about corruption and its impact on democracy and the public good.

From the worlds of journalism, banking, education, farming and the courts, the speakers will discuss their own battles in tackling wrongdoing at the hands of state institutions.

And why local communities need to stand up against corruption in all its guises in order to create a fairer society that holds power to account and makes the best use of public money.

Rhyme  n Reason presents Change Makers in Kilkenny (Facebook)

Previously: Gemma O’Doherty: They Are Laughing At You

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:

This afternoon.

Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

Johnny Keenan (him off the telly!) has got a laminate and he’s going to use it.

Johnny will be reporting and tweeting for the ‘sheet from the Body & Soul Festival throughout the weekend. He can be followed here.

If you see him, why not say ‘hello’ and have the ‘chat’?

He’s on his own.

Body & Soul

Update:

*slurp*

Meanwhile…

This evening.

Johnny Keenan ‘hangs’ at the Dark ‘n Stormy tent.

He may still be there if you are about the festival.

Would a quick ‘hello’ kill you?

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

At The Grand Social, Dublin 1.

At 7.30pm

A tribute to comedian, singer songwriter,  conspiracy realist, poet and philosopher Bill Hicks with our Johnny (yer man off de telly!) MC-ing.

Tickets are €12 and proceeds will go to the Bill Hicks Wildlife Foundation and to help the homeless in Dublin.

Any excuse

Bill Hicks Tribute Night (The Grand Social)

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)