The Craft of Irish Beer (049, Apr 2013)

It’s time for a drink. The Craft of Irish Beer, a Banter special as part of the Beatyard festival, will have a look at the growing Irish craft beer scene.

Over the last couple of years, craft beer has gone from being a niche product to a serious player in the often over-commercialised world of beer. Tonight, we’ll be looking at how and why this growth has occured, where the business is at the moment and, perhaps most importantly of all, where our speakers think we’re heading in the next couple of years.

The panel: Colin Hession (L Mulligan Grocer and WJ Kavanagh’s, Dublin), Grainne Walsh (Metalman Brewing, Waterford) and Alex Lawes (homebrewer par excellence). It’s a panel which reflects the diversity within the craft beer sector, featuring Alex, a new kid on the beer block brewing at home; Grainne, a brewer who has become an established player within just two years; and Colin, a chap who has done everything in the industry including running a wholesale operation, crafting his onw beers and opening his own bars.

A selection of craft beers at L Mulligan Grocer

The details: The Craft of Irish Beer takes place on Monday April 29 at the Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Doors open at 7.30pm and the conversation gets underway at 8pm sharp. Admission is €5 or €2 if you’re a Bodytonic member and tickets are available here.

The Anti Room on books (048, Apr 2013)

They’re back! We’ve had two visits from The Anti Room to Banter for live recordings of their monthly podcasts. All involved have had a swell time on both occasions so it’s time for round three of The Banti Room.

On this occasion, it’s The Anti Room on books, literature and feminism with Sheila Heti (the Canadian writer whose new book How Should A Person Be? has just been published), Sinead Desmond (TV3) and Roe McDermott ( and RTE Arena) joining Anti Room hosts Sinead Gleeson and Anna Carey.


Sheila Heti

Sheila will be reading selections from How Should Be A Person Be? and also signing copies of the book afterwards. You’ll find Anti Room host Sinead Gleeson’s recent interview with Sheila for The Irish Times here.

The details: The Anti Room on books takes place on Sunday April 28 at The Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 (thanks to Karl and all at the Workman’s for facilitating this event). Doors open at 7.30pm and the conversation gets underway at 8pm sharp. Admission is free, but you need to be signed up to the invite list which you will find here.

About The Anti Room: The Anti Room was founded in 2008 by four Dublin-based journalists and was the home of many Irish ladies writing about everything from fashion to feminism and pop culture to politics. Last year, they’ve started podcasting and you can listen to or download some of the recent episodes here.

The Banter Salon at Other Voices in London (047, Apr 2013)

It’s Banter Salon time again. This time, after hugely entertaining and successful jaunts in Dingle last December and Derry last month, we’re joining our friends at Other Voices for a trip across the Irish Sea to London on Saturday and Sunday April 6 and 7.We’ve a heavyweight list of writers, cultural commentators, artists and thinkers lined up for the weekend in east London including:

Karl Ove Knausgaard – the acclaimed Norwegian author of A Death in the Family and the soon to be published A Man in Love.
Karl Ove Knausgaard for Banter Salon in London

Caoimhin O Raghallaigh – the Irish fiddle player currently to be found in The Gloaming, whose debut album is due for release in the coming months.

Ben Watt – the man from Buzzin’ Fly, Strange Feeling, Everything But the Girl and dozens of other projects on doing things differently in the music industry and the renewed importance of artist development.

Photography – Eva VermandelRich Gilligan and Linda Brownlee on the art of photography and the spark behind innovative and distinctive portraits.

Morley on Bowie – Paul Morley on David Bowie, longevity, pop careers, images, personas and the art of the cultural chameleon.

The campaigner – Maeve O’Rourke from the Justice for the Magdalenescampaign on civil liberties and human rights

Clandestino – Journalist and author Peter Culshaw on his new book about the fascinating life and music of Manu Chao

Music Tech – David Adams (SoundCloud),  Stephen O’Reilly (Mobile Roadie, Topspin) and Mark Nagurski (CultureTECH) on the current state of the music tech field. This panel has been put together by our friends at the CultureTECH festival in Derry.

There will also be performances at the Banter Salon from Shannon Saunders, Luke Sital-Singh and Olivia Chaney

Shannon Saunders

Shannon is an 18-year-old songwriter from Swindon. She has been posting videos on Youtube since she was 14 years old and has accumulated over 3.3 million views and 22,000 subscribers on her channel. Her debut single “Heart Of Blue” reached number 48 on the iTunes chart with no promotion. The video, which cost £9 to make, received over 175,00 views on Youtube in its first month.0

Luke Sital-Singh

Luke has just returned from a very successful trip to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and he has been touring of late with Villagers and The Staves. His new EP “Old Flint” has just gone on release and he will be embarking on a headline tour of the UK in April.Luke Sital-Singh
Olivia Chaney
Olivia is a modern English folk singer who has just released a new EP, is performing as Joe Boyd’s special guest at the Legacy of Nick Drake event at Wilton’s Music Hall on April 2, is guesting with Phronesis at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on April 5 and is about to embark on a spring tour with Alasdair Roberts.lThe Banter Salon will take place upstairs at the Zeppelin Shelter (40 Leman Street, London, Aldgate, E1 8EU), around the corner from the Wilton’s Music Hall where StornowayDexysLaura MvulaJohn GrantImelda MayMatthew E White and others will be performing for Other Voices over the weekend. Doors for the Banter Salon will open each day at 2.30pm and the sessions will run from 3pm to 6pm. Admission is free, but capacity is limited so spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.