Dolores O Riordan, front woman for the Irish band The Cranberries, died, tragically young and insanely talented.
Tony Kinsella, Salford poet and comedian, became belatedly aware of the depth of her magic beyond the hit singles and has chosen her as the final chapter in his Trilogy of Music Heroes, following tributes to The Undertones and Kirsty MacColl at The Playhouse Theatre in 2019 and (online) in 2020. This is Tony’s account of bingeing on Cranberries.
Jess Silk, awesome folk singer from the West Midlands, provides original songs and covers of Cranberries classics, woven into the narrative.
Tony Kinsella is a full-time English lecturer and a part-time stand up comedian and performance poet from the sleepy English hamlet of Little-Salford-On-The-Rocks. He was a writer and performer for a monthly satirical show at Manchester Comedy Store, The Unbroadcastable Radio Show, which was piloted on BBC Radio 4. As well as being a regular performer across the UK comedy circuit and the Edinburgh Fringe, Tony has written and performed full-length shows in collaboration with musicians on subjects as diverse as Brexit and his 5 favourite European cities, The Shangri Las pop group and Scandinavian concepts of happiness - Danish Hygge and Swedish Lagom. He has recently written a show about Derry's finest band, The Undertones, which he has performed in Manchester and Bolton alongside singer-songwriter Steve O Donoghue, and will perform this show at Derry Playhouse in 2019.
Tony has also performed in the Candymouth sketch group, a music and poetry quartet called bard Company and a musical-comedy double act called The Bootleg Mark Chapmans, finalists in the 2007 Comedian of the Year competition in Manchester. He has self-published a book of poetry, If You Tolerate This your Brain Cells will be next, and has articles published in Private Eye, City Life and the football magazine When Saturday Comes.
Tony is a father of two with a figure of eight.
Jess Silk is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from the Black Country. Her shouty but melodic brand of folk/punk music often has her being likened to a female Frank Turner or Billy Bragg, and it gets people sitting up and listening. Armed only with an increasingly sticker-covered acoustic guitar and a distinctive, gravely voice that many don’t expect, Jess plays to audiences up and down the UK.
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