The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is delighted to announce ‘AlzTalks’ a celebratory evening of spoken word and music aimed at bringing dementia out of the shadows.BOOK TICKETS
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA LINE UP WITH MUSICIAN BRIAN DEADY FOR CELEBRATORY EVENING TO BRING DEMENTIA OUT OF THE SHADOWS.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is delighted to announce ‘AlzTalks’ a celebratory evening of spoken word and music aimed at bringing dementia out of the shadows.
Musician Brian Deady, and Emcee Sile Seoige will join a host of people living with dementia, carers and musicians for this unique event at the Sugar Club at 7pm on Monday, October 17th, 2016.
AlzTalks will see people with dementia, carers and experts present to a live audience alongside musical acts. Speakers will include Irish Dementia Working Group chair Ronan Smith, Kathy Ryan carer Michelle Dooley Mahon.
The spoken presentations will be filmed to kick off our new AlzTalks digital platform which will focus on our key goal of bringing dementia out of the shadows and enabling voices to be heard.
Based on the TedTalks concept it will consist of great videos of people living with dementia and carers speaking about their own lives and experiences to create a better understanding of the unique experiences of people living with this challenging condition.
Featuring Music by
Brian Deady –
One of Ireland’s finest exponents of contemporary soul. Raised in the bohemian badlands of West Cork, he creates music that blends rich, expressive vocals with a cool, electro-groove—a sound that has drawn praise from such influential artists as Nile Rodgers and Ashley Beedle, not to mention LA’s revered radio station KCRW.
Since releasing his acclaimed album, Interview, in 2009, he has been building a reputation as a distinctive songwriter and producer.
Clare Z –
Claire Z is an Irish Singer Songwriter who works in and around the genre of R&B/Soul. With her latest self-recorded and self-produced four-track series release, she is currently working to introduce herself into Ireland’s bustling live music scene. She has performed at venues such as the infamous Ruby Sessions and recently supported Hermitage Green in Ballykeefe's Amphitheatre. With preparations being made for her highly anticipated Single debut as well as having an active career as a session singer, Claire Z is building a promising future for herself in the industry..
Luke Slott –
Luke Slott is a singer, songwriter and composer from Dublin, Ireland. He plays piano, guitar and trumpet, and collaborates with a variety of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. He can often be heard playing piano on the streets of Dublin.
Ronan Smith is Line Manager of Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre. His father Brendan Smith was a theatre impresario who founded the Dublin Theatre Festival before developing Alzheimer's, bringing his illustrious career to an end. Thirty years later, Ronan who was formerly a professional actor on stage, in film and television was himself diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 56. Ronan is an impassioned advocate who is on a mission to confront the huge stigma that surrounds Alzheimer's and dementia.
Kathy Ryan is a 56- year-old single mother of two who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 52. Kathy has become a renowned advocate for people living with dementia. A recent video Kathy made with her teenage sons Andrew and Matt calling for support for an Alzheimer Society of Ireland campaign was watched by more than one million people worldwide and resulted in 25,0000 people signing a petition.
Michelle Dooley Mahon is a Writer, Spoken Word Performer, Photographer and Blogger based in Wexford. It was the creation of her blog Random Mayhem @shellakeypookey.blogspot.com that first drew her to public attention and then subsequent hilarious performances in Fusion Soireé, Wexford Arts Centre, Arthurs Upstairs in Dublin, Cacá Milís Cabaret , Riverbank House, the Dylan Thomas literary residency in Sweden which led to her headline with her One Woman Show – The Eff Word – at the Spiegeltent during the Wexford Opera Festival.
Her shows were named directly as a result of the illness she calls “death by a thousand cuts” - Alzheimers - which her beloved Mother Siobhán suffered with for a decade.
Thus they were called “Before I forget” - “Shellshocked” - “The Eff Word” “Stand Up” and “Do She know ya, hun?”
Tickets for AlzTalks are available on the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland Facebook page or on www.eventbrite.ie, tickets are €5 or free to anyone over 65, living with dementia or carers.
For more information contact Edel O’Connell, Communications Manager with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland on 086 1674741.