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Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down

Posted by cheebah 
Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down
June 30, 2012 01:31AM

Banter is hosted by Jim Carroll from the irish Times and the on the record blog

From Banter site

Banter will be spending July on tour and the first stop in our run around the country will be at the Make a Move festival of hip-hop culture in Limerick on Thursday July 5 for Irish Hip-Hop: Got to Get Up to Get Down.

It’s been a busy year for those on the Irish hip-hop beat. Aside from a rattle of new acts and releases to get excited about, there’s also been some long overdue additions for the archive with TV coverage of the scene. That, though, is where the problems begin. Many who have followed Irish hip-hop’s twists and turns over the last 30 years will have issues with RTE’s Ireland’s Rappers documentary. Instead of looking at the scene’s many cultural and social attributes, the documentary took its cues from shows like Dublin’s Housewives and sought cheap reality TV kicks by focusing on colourful characters and anctics. There’s more to Irish hip-hop than that, a whole lot more, and this is where our panel comes in, as we examine where Irish hip-hop is coming from and, just as crucially, where is it going.

The Banter panel who will be assessing the past, present and future of Irish hip-hop are Paul Tarpey (Cheebah), Kieran Nolan (founder of, mynameisjOhn and Temper-Mental MissElayneous.

Paul Tarpey is a Limerick based lecturer in social practice with a longstanding interest in the hip-hop community. He photographed the early 90s Irish hip-hop scene and is currently researching that era. As a member of Limericks Cheebah crew, he has written, photographed, DJ-ed and promoted this subject for many years.

Kieran Nolan, known in Irish hip-hop circles as Keyo, set up H2éire/ in early 1999. The original site for hip-hop from Ireland, and possibly the longest running online Irish music community, it has provided an online meeting space for the local hip-hop scene as well as a document of its development for the last 13 years.

John Lillis is mynameisjOhn. He does different things on different days, but they mostly revolve around DJing, production, recording and promotion. He’s been at this for a while now, and has, at some stage or another, been part of 091, Rootdown, Kerrynini, Club Head Bang Bang, Community Skratch and A Love Supreme.

Temper-Mental MissElayneous is an artist from Finglas in Dublin, Ireland. It’s difficult to box her into one category as she varies in her ability and style, however she is most fondly recognised as a rapper. MissElayneous has collaborated with numerous other musicians and continues to branch out to create new work. She has trained as an actor and has performed in diverse roles, amid strong casts. MissElayneous is full of ballads and raps along with her bodhrán and bells.

Irish Hip-Hop: Got to Get Up to Get Down takes place at the Daghdha Space, St John’s Church, John’s Square, Limerick on Thursday July 5 at 8pm. Admission to the event is free.

Make A Move runs from July 5 to 8 throughout Limerick with events, gigs, workshops, performances, seminars, street art, exhibitions and screenings. Acts taking part in the festiva part include Lethal Dialect, Hot 8 Brass Band, Ri-Ra & DJ Mek (rare live show featuring both of the Scary Eire men), Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Limerick native B+, Maser, Verz, Poppin John and many more. Full details here.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06/30/2012 01:35AM by cheebah.
Re: Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down
June 30, 2012 05:38PM

good stuff
Re: Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down
July 01, 2012 12:09AM

you guys gonna be doing one of these in cork?
Re: Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down
July 01, 2012 04:47PM

Hi Jus me,

The banter talk is a once off. I know there are a few heads coming up from Cork for it. It should be very good. Straight after it Lethal Dialect and Miss Tempermental are playing a free gig in a venue down the road from Daghdha. While the Hot 8 are also in town that night playing in Dolans.

At the banter talk we will have a microphone in the audience for questions/opinions etc so think that will be lively.

Hope you can make it.
Re: Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down
July 01, 2012 05:49PM

Will the Banter discussion be recorded?
Re: Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down
July 01, 2012 07:53PM

Cant make it up on the thurs unfortunately, gonna be up on the sat alright.

would definitely be cool if a recording could be made!
Re: Irish hip-hop: Got to get up to get down
July 02, 2012 11:32AM

Not sure about recording- I know in the past some of them have been

Also on that weekend for fans of the history
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