Paul Noonan Presents: The Electric Kazoo is a new live music gig for families of all ages featuring both well-loved songs and new, improvised pieces made with the children of Ireland. The new concert format has been co-commissioned by TRACKS (Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Dublin Fringe Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival), a network of festivals across Ireland.
The acclaimed front-man of Irish band Bell X1, brings his online concert series for kids out of his Good Room and to three major Irish arts festivals for the very first time. Audiences are invited to bring their best teddy and favourite grown-ups along to a mini-concert of musical favourites curated for both big and little ears.
Premiering at the Dublin Fringe Festival in September, this music event will feature as part of Baboró’s 2020 festival in October. Expect tunes made with the help of children, treasured stories made into songs, and experience all the hits from Down By The Bay to The Great Defector.
Callout for children to create a song with Paul for The Electric Kazoo
“Children of Ireland!
Would you like to get together in real life and sing some songs and make some music and get silly?
As well as some songs we all know, I’d love to make some songs with you about this strange and goofy time we’re swimming in.
What did you miss most when you had to stay at home?
What’s been the best thing about lockdown?
What’s been the worst!?”
- Paul Noonan
Paul Noonan developed The Electric Kazoo during lockdown at home in Dublin, supported by his children at his side and a legion of big and small fans who tuned in online from all around the world. Are there any children in your life who might be excited to assist in the creation of a brand-new song with Paul Noonan that speaks to their lived experience of 2020? If so, Paul would love to hear their thoughts or poems, or see their drawings & paintings, and feature some of them in The Electric Kazoo! You can send them to email@example.com.
Electric Kazoo at Baboró International Arts Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival
Dublin Fringe Festival
Dates: Sunday 13 September 2020
Performances: 11:00 and 15:00
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Booking: www.fringefest.com or call 1850-374-643
Tickets: Adults €12, Children €8
Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway
Dates: October 2020
Tickets: Tickets and dates will be available when the programme is launched in early September.
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Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork
Dates: June 2021
Paul Noonan Presents: The Electric Kazoo is a TRACKS co-commission from Dublin Fringe Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.
Established in 2018 TRACKS is a three-city partnership committed to co-commissioning and presenting dynamic artistic works for children and young audiences. We focus on the development of live performances and visual art presentations for young audiences, and on supporting independent Irish artists interested in creating work for young people. TRACKS is Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and Galway International Arts Festival for Children.
Photography: Ruth Medjber