Cornaleena began as a collaboration between David Kitt and author Kevin Barry set in a fictional town in the west of Ireland, a bit inland, a bit spooked, everyone there is bit rattled. The air is heavy with a long-gone lonesome blues but there’s a magic too, and an unusual amount of floatation tanks. Cornaleena is an evolving modular project with an expanding cast of collaborators that will slowly piece together the inhabitants and mood of this strange town before it disappears for good. For this special MusicTown iteration of the project we have teamed up with filmmakers Frank Sweeney and Cóilín O’Connell to make a short impressionistic film featuring contributions from Jennifer Walshe, Katie Kim, Jonny Dillon, Sinéad Lynch of Landless and folk-singer and legend Seán Garvey.

The project is funded by Musictown, the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council. Archival material courtesy of the National Folklore Collection.


Cornaleena Trailer from Frank Sweeney on Vimeo.

The film is a collaboration between Cóilín O'Connell and Frank Sweeney with words and music are from Kevin Barry, David Kitt, Jennifer Walshe, Katie Kim, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sinead Lynch, Jonny Dillon, Sean Garvey and Mary Margaret O'Hara.

Free event - FRIDAY APRIL 16TH, 9PM