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Salt of the Sea

Little John Nee

Salt of the Sea

In his latest outdoor adventure songster Little John Nee is joined by musician Fionn Robinson as they travel across County Galway determined to make friends with nature. But, it appears that sometimes nature doesn’t want to be friends. Through song and comedy, LJ and Fionn tackle some difficult questions that cannot be ignored: Why is sea water salty not sweet? What’s the story with nettles?

In ‘Salt of the Sea’ Little John and long-time collaborator Fionn present a travelling outdoor concert of songs and stories, featuring a variety of intriguing instruments played with comic gusto and questionable virtuosity. The stories and songs centre around themes that engage the existential curiosity of young audiences regarding our relationship with the living things that surround us, from nettles to jellyfish, from cherry blossom trees to bees knees and the rare human being that is Captain Salt, who lives in a tugboat but has never been to sea.

Ultimately, this show is a celebration of life and community that provides a much needed boost to the immune system through laughter, wonder, and song.

This show plays outdoors and is presented on 'Festival in a Van' in rural venues, schools and libraries. Please dress according to the weather.

Little John Nee is a writer and performer based in Co. Galway. He has developed a unique style of contemporary musical storytelling that is steeped in tradition and rock’n’roll mythology, a style that has won him international recognition. He was elected to Aosdána in recognition of his contribution to Irish culture in 2016. He is currently an Associate Artist at Siamsa Tíre. His most recent collaboration with Laura Sheeran, a filmic/stage hybrid ‘Drone Bone Jetty’ is part of Culture Ireland's showcase at Edinburgh Fringe festival 2021.

Fionn Robinson is a Donegal based multi instrumentalist, theatre composer, songwriter and founder member of Aul Boy. He has composed songs and scores for several of An Grianan Theatre Shows and is a long time collaborator with Little John Nee, on shows such as ‘The Mothers Arms,’ ‘Tullyglen,’ and ‘Tea Dance’ as well as performing live with The Caledonia Highly Strung Orchestra, and on their album ‘Songs from the Lough Swilly Delta.’

Baboró festival venues require that all patrons over the age of 18 must be fully vaccinated, as per current government Covid-19 guidelines. Patrons must present their Covid-19 vaccination certificate with valid ID on entry to the venue. Accompanying children under 18 do not need to be fully vaccinated. All patrons over 13 must wear a facemask during events. Venues will operate at up to 60% capacity indoors and up to 75% capacity outdoors.

This does not apply to school events. Schools policy can be viewed here.