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Festival Club Brings Live Gigs to Your Home

13 Nov 2020

The Festival Club is always a welcome addition to Foyle Film Festival each year. It’s a place to hang out after the film screenings and have some fun showcasing local talent in the process. This year, lockdown restrictions prevent us from inviting you into Nerve Centre, so we are bringing it to you.

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Schedule Summary

20th November F12 DJ set

23rd November Short Film premiere from Amelia Films

24th November Cora Harkin

25th November Colm S Herron

26th November Waldorf & Cannon

27th November Peter E Davidson, 'Nuke it from Orbit'

28th November Rosborough

The Festival Club will be a unique celebration of film and music in an online experience, featuring a cinema inspired DJ set mixed with hypnotic visuals from F12, a comedy quiz via Zoom and a series of intimate performances from the Nerve Centre venue where our finest local acts will pay their own tribute to the silver screen through music.

On 20th November we will release a cinema-inspired DJ set mixed with hypnotic visuals by F12.  F12 are Conor McCarron & Vincent O'Callaghan. They produce cinematic audio-visual work for projection and have performed at festivals including Celtronic, Distorted Perspectives, Earagail Arts Festival and Oscillations & Modulations. 

A new short film commissioned from local film production company, Amelia Films will be released on 23rd November. Amelia is the production company of music creator, composer and artist Eoin O’Callaghan aka Elma Orkestra. 

Eoin describes the work:

'I want the short film to be an homage to cinema which places Foyle Film Festival at the heart of the local community. A reminder that in spite of COVID restrictions, film and going to the cinema is still something we all love to do and hopefully we can again soon.'

The film is sponsored by Desmond Motors, Strand Road, Derry.

In a series of movie-inspired sets, 12 year old singer-songwriter Cora Harkin, will join the Festival Club on Tuesday 24th November. Cora has made a name for herself as a finalist in a number of talent shows in the last few years, including TG4’s Junior Eurovision. Cora will bring the first in a series of short sets from local acts featuring their favourite tracks from the movies.

On Wednesday 25th November, Colm S. Herron will perform a selection of old and new classic songs from the movies as well as some original tracks. A talented local singer/songwriter and pianist, Colm draws his inspiration from the likes of Tom Waits and Rufus Wainwright.

In the third of these intimate performances on Thursday 26th November,  Derry/Donegal multi-instrumentalist duo Waldorf & Cannon bring their take on songs from the movies. Regulars on the festival circuit, Waldorf & Cannon create a unique alt sound heavily laden with stirring harmonies and catchy hooks.

On Friday, 27th November at 9pm Comedian Peter E Davidson will host ‘Nuke it from Orbit’,  an exciting new comedy panel show about all things nerdy; Marvel to DC, Star Wars to Star Trek and various Games about various Thrones. Two teams of top local comedians will battle it out a la ‘Mock the Week.’ The show was created by ‘Laughs@TheLoft’ resident MC Peter E Davidson and also team Captain Bobby Best (Big Nerd Quiz). It will feature a host of guest comedians, audience interaction, spot prizes and a recording of the show will then be available after the gig for all attendees to download and enjoy.

In the last of the series of movie-inspired sets, Festival Club’s Saturday gig will showcase the talents of critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Rosborough. Loaded with alternative grit but lifted by soaring, cinematic soundscapes, Rosborough has been creating a stir since he released the single ‘Burn Blue’ in 2017. The final instalment to the Festival Club will be live to watch from Saturday, 28th November.