Join us in welcoming spring with a celebration of powerful Irish female talent as part of the Irish Embassy’s St Brigid’s Day Festival presented by Tara Flynn. This night of musical and spoken word performances is the perfect way to wave goodbye to winter and look forward to the year ahead with some of the most creative and talented female performers Ireland has to offer.

There will be individual performances by the artists, followed by a panel discussion with Irish women who came to London in the 50/60s. From 10pm until midnight, there will be trad music on in the Hub bar with Elaine Finn-Davies (accordion), Angela Brooks (fiddle) and Rita Farrell (pipes/flute).

Tara Flynn - MC

Tara came to international attention in 2013 for her satirical video Racist B&B, for which she was named Satirist of the Year at the Swift Satire Festival. She also co-wrote and appeared in the marriage equality campaign PSA Armagayddon with Kevin McGahern. She did stand up for many years and is a popular host and MC. She’s a core member of Dublin Comedy Improv. Recent TV includes Irish Pictorial Weekly (RTE), Moone Boy (Sky 1), Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (BBC) and Line of Duty (BBC). She played Miss Fitt in Out of Joint’s All That Fall, directed by Max Stafford-Clark.  Tara is the author of Irish bestseller You’re Grand: the Irishwoman’s Secret Guide to Life (Hachette Books Ireland 2014) and Giving Out Yards: the Art of Complaint, Irish Style (Hachette). She is a regular contributor to radio & TV discussion panels. Recently she has launched her own podcast 'Taranoia' and 'Between Ourselves', a BBC Radio 4 show with Marian Keyes.

Angela Scanlon - Panel host

Angela co-hosts the legendary BBC2 show Robot Wars alongside Dara Ó Briain. She is a regular presenter on The One Show and has recently joined BBC Radio 2 presenting her own show “Angela Scanlon on Sunday”. Earlier this year she fronted a BBC One documentary ‘World’s Oldest Family’. Angela’s first major documentary, OI GINGER, aired in 2014 on RTE to critical acclaim – the show trended worldwide on Twitter and showed off Angela’s playful presenting style and her ability to dig deep into a subject matter. The success of the show led to a follow-up series, Angela Scanlon: Full Frontal in 2015, where she tackled taboo subjects such as extreme makeovers, fitness and nudity. A further series followed Angela Scanlon’s Close Encounters, which saw her dive into the world of WWE with world champion Sheamus, head to NYC to chat books and babies with Dawn O’Porter and take on Katie Hopkins in a very honest and candid interview. Shortly after, she co-hosted the BBC’s live coverage of ‘T in the Park’ and, most recently, BBC Three’s Red Carpet BAFTA Show where she interviewed nominees including Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Idris Elba. Angela previously co-hosted the travel series Getaways with Joe Lindsey for BBC Northern Ireland. Following that, she received the role as digital host of The Voice UK 2016.

Emma Langford

In 2018 Emma Langford's debut album Quiet Giant garnered huge critical acclaim and steered the artist toward winning the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award for Best Emerging Artist. She has since toured internationally, gracing festival stages in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Austria and the US. This year, with the help of a star-studded backing band and Grammy-nominated duo The Production Suite, she will release her highly anticipated second album, Sowing Acorns, a fusion of folk, motown, trad and pop genres distilled into 13 sensational original tracks. The young artist deftly weaves that fine art of story-telling into her captivating live performances, with audiences often moved to tears - usually of laughter. Langford has proven herself a genre-defying artist, with lyrics that lure you deep into the narrative, and a voice that packs a punch beneath its delicate veneer.  

Sarah Clancy

Sarah Clancy is a poet from Galway City although she now lives in Clare. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Truth and Other Stories ( Salmon Poetry, 2014), Stacey and the Mechanical Bull (Lapwing Press, Belfast, 2011) and Thanks for Nothing, Hippies (Salmon Poetry, 2012).  She has been placed or shortlisted in several of Ireland’s well known poetry competitions including and as a performance poetry Sarah has won the Cuirt International Festival of Literature Grand Slam Championship and was runner up in the All- Ireland Grand Slam Championships. In 2015 she was named The Bogman's Cannon People's Poet and in 2016 she was the Lingo Festival's Poet Laureate. Her work is widely anthologised and has been published in translation in Mexico, Slovenia, Poland, Italy and Spain as well as in the UK, Canada and the US in English. She has another collection due out this year also from Salmon Poetry.

Roxanna Nic Liam

Roxanna is a poet, writer and actor from Dublin. She has performed her poetry at different festivals around the country including Body and Soul, All Together Now and Electric Picnic. Her poem ‘The Bubble’ was recently made into a short film directed by Dave Tynan which she also starred in. She has performed with many Irish theatre companies including The Abbey Theatre, Druid, Brokentalkers, THEATREclub and AXIS Ballymun. She has also worked in the UK with many companies, including the National Theatre in London. She is a trained drama facilitator.

Emma Dabiri

Listed as one of the BBC’S broadcasting stars of the future and an Observer Rising Star (2019) Emma Dabiri is a presenter, social historian and writer. Emma currently co-presents Britain’s Lost Masterpieces on BBC 4 and Virtually History on YouTube Originals, a ground-breaking new series which uses virtual reality technology to re-live dramatic events in history. Emma has also previously presented Back in Time for Brixton and the Back in Time Confectioners series (BBC Two), Is Love Racist? (Channel 4) and has done a number of social history films for The One Show (BBC). Emma's debut book Don’t Touch My Hair published by Penguin, Allen Lane and described as "groundbreaking"  is available now. 

Allison Sleator

Allison has collaborated with legendary figures such as Ireland’s treasured producer, composer and renowned bouzouki player, Donal Lunny, founder of historic bands such as 'Moving Hearts', 'Planxty', and 'The Bothy Band', as well as the much loved Irish biographer, journalist and poet, the late Anthony Cronin, world renowned Irish band, 'The Chieftains' and Declan O’Rourke, among others.  She recently featured on London-based, progressive pop band, 'Crystal Fighters' latest mix-tape album and collaborated with London-based, Turner-nominated artist and theorist collective, ‘The Otolith Group’, singing on their most recent work, ‘Infinity minus Infinity’, which was commissioned by the ‘Sharjah Architecture Triennial’.  

NOTE: This event was listed incorrectly as 2nd Feb in our printed brochure. This event is on Saturday, 1st Feb.

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