Review of the Year (211, Dec 2019)

There has been one constant with Banter to date and that is the Review of the Year.  We’ve done it in 2009, 2010 , 20112012, 2013, 2014,  2015, 2016 , 2017 and 2018. Sometimes, we even make headlines with what’s said on the stage so you never know what is going to happen.

The format is simple: we invite a panel of news makers and news observers to talk about the stories of the last 12 months which have resonated with them. From Boris to, uhm, Brexit, we have an action-packed selection of stories to go through with our guests. We go high and we go low, we remember stuff which happened home and away, we remind you of the stories which made us all go “ooooh” (or “uuuuugh”). We also throw in some names who made headlines that everyone has totally forgotten about a few months later.

Our Banter Review of the Year panelists rewinding the events of 2019 are Carole Coleman (presenter RTÉ Radio 1’s This Week), Gavan Reilly (political correspondent Virgin Media News and host of On the Record on Newstalk), Una Mullally (writer, journalist, broadcaster and the most frequent Banter guest ever) and Eamon Ryan TD (leader of The Green Party).

We’re chuffed to announce that this Banter will be taking place at the Singer’s House at Lost Lane at the bottom of Grafton Street in the heart of the capital city. Big thanks to Una Molloy and all at the venue for their help to date.

We’ll be undertaking a winter/spring residency at the venue from January, where we’ll be looking at living, working and playing in Dublin in 2020.

The details: Banter’s Review of the Year takes place at the Singer’s House at Lost Lane (enter via Nassau Street entrance) on Wednesday December 4th. Doors open at 6pm and the Bantering gets underway at 6.30pm-ish. Tickets are now available here and all proceeds go to the Peter McVerry Trust.

Banter at Other Voices (210, Nov 2019)

If it’s the first weekend in December (ish), it means Banter heads to the most southwesterly edge of the country (ish) to hang with the good folks at Other Voice. As has been the case in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, this has always been one of the highlights of our year. We’d like to say GRMA to the good people at Foxy’s and all at Other Voices for putting with us over the last few years.

The formula is simple: we take over the back-room of Foxy John’s in downtown Dingle for the weekend, we light the fire and we’re joined by a cast of talkers, makers, activists, do-ers and players for some conversations and music.

Sinead O’Carroll 

Sinead is the editor of The Journal and a regular contributor, pundit and presenter on various TV and radio shows.

Caelainn Hogan 

Caelainn is a journalist and writer who has reported across Europe, the Middle East and Africa for National Geographic, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, The New Yorker (online), VICE Magazine, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Irish Times and The Dublin Review. She is the author of the recently published Republic Of Shame: Stories from Ireland’s Institutions for ‘Fallen Women’

Jennifer Cassidy 

Jennifer is a Departmental Lecturer in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford. She was previously diplomatic attaché for the Department of Foreign Affairs at the United Nations in New York and the European External Action Service to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Saoirse McHugh 

Saoirse was the Green Party’s candidate in the 2019 European elections in the Midlands Northwest constituency. The Achill Islander will stand for the party in Mayo in the next general election.

Conor O’Mahony 

Conor is a lecturer in the School Of Law and director of the Child Law Clinic at UCC. He has just been appointed Special Rapporteur on Child Protection by the Irish government for a three-year term.

Andrea Horan 

Andrea is the founder of Tropical Popical and the co-host of the United Ireland podcast and she’ll be joining us for the annual Banter Other Voices Pop Culture Review of the Year

Susan McKay and Sara Canning 

Susan is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster from Derry. Her books include Bear in Mind These Dead and Northern Protestants: An Unsettled People. She writes for the Irish Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times.

Sara is the partner of Lyra McKee, the late journalist who was murdered in Derry in April 2019

We’ll be open for business on Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st, things get underway at 2pm on each day and admission is free (the room is small so don’t be late). We’ll announce the list of musicians who’ll be joining us nearer the time.

Banter in Los Angeles (209, Nov 2019)

For the second year in a row, Banter is heading to the Sunset Strip in west Hollywood. Massive thanks to Buzz and Deirdre at Ireland Week for putting up with us again.

We’ll be in situ from 11pm on Saturday November 2nd in The Cactus Lounge in The Standard hotel and we’ll be talking to the following folks

Marion McKeone – writer, commentator, barrister, broadcaster, documentary maker and bull-rider

Louie Ryan – co-owner of Temple Bar Concepts and the man behind some legendary Los Angeles bars and venues

Colm Mac Con Iomaire – the musician with three sparkling solo albums to his name, including this year’s gorgeous “The River Holds Its Breath”


Banter at Another Love Story (208, Aug 2019)

After awesome adventures in the wilds of Co Meath in 2017 and 2018, we’re delighted to be returning to Another Love Story at Killyon Manor on Friday August 16th.

For this year’s festival, we’re delighted to join forces with the awesome Siobhan Kane and her Young Hearts Run Free mischief-makers in The Library.

We have two great writers for you to meet

Karl Whitney is the author of two fascinating books. 2014’s Hidden Cities; Adventures and Explorations in Dublin was an acclaimed travelogue which looked at the capital city in the aftermath of the economic crash. This year’s Hit Factories: A Journey Through the Industrial Cities of British Pop is a musical and social history of modern Britain.

Ian Maleney is the author of Minor Monuments, a debut collection of beautifully haunting essays on memory, belonging and the meaning of home. Ian has also worked as a freelance arts journalist and web developer.

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me (207, April 2019)

Teddy Pendergrass was one of the giants of soul and r’n’b. After starting out as a drummer, he initially found success as the lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Their hits like “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” showcasing how that strong, emotional baritone of his was the icing on the cake when it came to the outfit’s slow jams.

After becoming frustrated in the band, he hit the solo route. Many of his hits were written by the songwriting and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, with the Philadelphia International duo providing a smashing backdrop of lush strings and big-band disco for that voice.

On the verge of true superstardom, Pendergrass was left paralysed from the waist down after crashing his Rolls-Royce in Philadelphia in 1982. A year later, he was back singing and onstage again. He worked with people like Whitney Houston and Nile Rodgers and played the Live Aid concert in 1985. He died in 2010 at the age of 59 from colon cancer.

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me is the story of the rise and fall of the great soul singer. Directed and produced by Olivia Lichtenstein, the film features interviews with Pendergrass’ family and friends, as well as industry legends, including Stevie Wonder, and rarely seen archival footage.

Lichtenstein has produced and directed several award-winning documentaries including the BAFTA-award winning The Silent Twin: Without My Shadow. As former editor of BBC’s television documentary strand, Inside Story, she also directed Tongue-Tied, which won The Grierson Award.  In 2012, she joined as partner of Storyvault Films and projects she has directed include Broadmoor for ITV and Melyvn Bragg: Wigton to Westminster for BBC2.

Join us at The Sugar Club on Wednesday April 2nd for a screening of Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me preceded by a Banter conversation with Olivia Lichtenstein about the making of the film. Doors open at 8pm and tickets for the event are now available here.