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Cork winter festival announce first feature artist

By Sarah Finnan

October 17, 2019 at 11:22am


The second annual Quiet Lights will hit up Cork city this November.

Darker evenings don’t have to mean boring and organisers aim to brighten things up a bit, in every sense of the word.

Hoping to shine a light (how punny) on the new wave of Irish and international folk, trad and experimental talent, it’s a small-scale festival with big heart.

Previously announced names on the line-up include Rozi Plain, Ye Vagabonds and Cormac Begley to name but a few. And now filmmaker and director Myles O’Reilly has been added to the mix too.

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We are so honoured to finally announce that our Featured Artist for 2019 is film-maker and director Myles O'Reilly @arbutusyarns - whose camera has already been on so many of this year's artists that we felt he was already an integral part of Quiet Lights. The festival exists to showcase the very best in the new wave of Irish folk and traditional music, and it could be argued that Myles has been the most important person in bringing this movement forward, with his talent and films giving these young artists a platform they wouldn't have had without him. Myles O’Reilly began his career as an unusual combination of a gofer with RTÉ, a photographer and photographic printer, and a recording artist. In 2009 Myles borrowed a video camera to document local musicians performances and upload the footage to Youtube - since then, he has filmed, directed, and edited, over 100 music video promos and 20+ music documentaries of Irish musicians at home and abroad, including the hour long documentary 'Backwards to go Forwards' in collaboration with Islander. A programme of screenings of Myles’ work will take place over the course of the weekend, including the official launch of the festival on the 21st of November where Myles will host the public premiere of his 25 minute piece ‘Tenore Cuncordu Orosei in collaboration with Ernst Reijseger’, at @kinocork, Washington Street. Myles will also appear as a guest speaker on various panel discussions at the festival - details to be announced soon! #QL19 #mylesoreilly #arbutusyarns #music #ireland #folk #trad #festival

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An accomplished videographer he has over 100 music video promos and 20+ documentaries under his belt.

Working with some of the best Irish talent (the likes of Glen Hansard, The Scrip, James Vincent McMorrow, Sinead O’Connor, Imelda May…the list goes on) and international superstars such as Janelle Monae, he’s definitely one to watch.

Officially launching the weekend, he’ll host the public premiere of his 25-minute piece Tenore Cuncordu Orosei in collaboration with Ernst Reijseger at the Kino on November 21st.

More of Myles’ work will feature over the weekend and he’ll appear at a number of panel discussions as well.

Keep up to date with the full schedule of events here.


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