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Follow Me Up to Carlow

Art Installation/Performance

Thursday 16 June | Carlow Castle | 7pm


A Carlow Arts Festival, VISUAL and Carlow Co Council Arts Office presentation

Follow Me Up To Carlow (2016), is a collaborative performance art work and temporary kinetic sculpture questioning the notion of national identity and the myth of indigeneity, the project references Irelands long history of Bag Pipe instruments and agricultural industry, the artwork will feature as its central component a reputedly four hundred year old traditional Irish tune “Follow Me Up To Carlow” which details the defeat of over 3,000 English soldiers at the Battle of Glenmalure (Co. Wicklow) during the second Desmond Rebellion.  The tune is over four hundred years old but the lyrical content was written circa 1899 during the build-up of the Irish national movement, it is now played on a wide variety of traditional instruments but is supposed to have first been played by the pipers of that decisive battle. The performance will also feature other traditional pipe songs selected by the performing piper as part of a collaborative process, the selection of these songs will be informed by the pipers response to the project

This event will take place in front of Carlow Castle, built by William Marshal the elder in the time period between 1207 and 1213.  The castle was the first of it’s kind in Ireland.  Today only two battered towers and part of an intervening wall remain, after a local physician tried to remodel it as an asylum in 1814.  In an effort to demolish the interior he placed explosive charges at its base and demolished all but the west wall and towers.

This work has been created in collaboration with Carlow Pipe Band and The Blackstairs Vintage Club.

Steve Maher is an international artist originally from Limerick but currently based in Helsinki, Finland. Maher was the recipient of the Limerick City of Culture (2014) – Kierran Meagher Legacy Award. Notable past project were shown at Flux Factory (NY), Station Independent Projects (NY) Aabenraa Art Week (Denmark/Germany), Incubarte (Valencia), Gaming the System (Helsinki) and Amorph 14 (Helsinki) to name a few. His recent solo show The Melody is the Message (2015) was opened in Limerick in December of last year. This July Maher will represent Ireland at the Moscow Biennale of Young Art 2016 – Deep Inside curated by Nadim Samman.

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Image: sketch courtesy the artist.