Jordans Bar, Saturday 27th Oct 2018 at 9am

UntitledThe annual early morning miscellany of Booze, Blaas ‘N’ Banter will again open this years Imagine Festival’s history day, on Saturday 27th October at 9am in Jordan’s American Bar, on Waterford’s South Quays.

Free event.

A feast of short local maritime, labour and social history talks will be infused with music, poetry and song by many of Waterford’s favourite poets, musicians and singers.

Female poets and writers will be a big feature at this years event and will include Lynda Gough, Alana Daly Mulligan and Nicola Cooney. In intro’s to monologues and poems the rise of the  #MeTo Generation, 100 years of votes for women and the Repeal movement will be referenced.

Dave Lordan the renowned performance poet and documentary filmmaker will also feature again this year.

The maritime themed talks will include :

  • ‘ Tides ‘N Tales’ by well known Cheekpoint historian, writer and blogger, Andrew Doherty. Doherty will relate his own experiences, discourse on Life, Love and Lore along the glorious river Suir, down the centuries.
  • Jack Burchill, the popular Bellview historian and local award winning tour guide will regale early morning revellers with an amazing episode from Waterford’s maritime history under the title: ‘  Remembering Macuto – Shangri La or Ship of Shame ? ‘. The long hot summer of 1960 and the gregarious Greek crew of the ill fated SS Macuto left more than memories along Waterford’s Quays.
  • ‘ Contraband Capers ‘ by historian James Doherty will illuminate the nefarious  practises, strategies and history of smugglers from ancient times to the present day along Waterford’s coast, river and estuary. Custom and excise men not welcome at this talk.
  •  John Molyneux,  philosopher and historian, recalls, on It’s 50th. anniversary, ‘ 1968 – The Fire Last Time ‘ . Molyneux will reflect on the heady days of worldwide International Rebellion against Injustice, War and Inequality, based on his own lived experience as a young student on the streets of revolutionary Paris in ’68. He will draw the lessons from the period for our precarious world today.

Special musical guests this year are ‘ Francie White and Omega3 ‘ whose set will feature the red hot music of Delta blues slide kings, Memphis Mommas, Chicago bottleneck, love songs, murder ballads as well as rip roaring  Alt/Country Americana.

The regular house band of Pat Galvin, Jim Casey plus the other banter stalwarts Tom Mullane, Dyksie Walsh, Cathy Desmond, Martyn Travis, Mathew Roach and Lackendara Dillion will all feature too.

Complimentary Blaas with fillings, provided by master bakers MD Walsh, master butchers Jack Molloy & Sons and fishmonger Billy Burke, alongside tea and coffee will be available throughout the gig. Our genial hosts Andy, Cathy and Anna Jordan will serve beers, wines, spritzers, Margarita’s, Tequila’s and cocktails as per usual house tariffs.

Chef on the day will be as ever, the lovable raconteur Peter Atkins alongside his staff of Brenda and Mary.

The event is emceed by Lynda Gough and floor manager is Fredia Ryan.

The morning is sponsored and organised by Waterford Council of Trade Unions in association with the Imagine Festival.

Jordan’s is fully licensed for singing and dancing and all are welcome.

Jordan’s Bar, 123 Parade Quay, Waterford.
Tel: (051) 875 024

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