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Over sixty bands will pack onto the campus of Keene State College tomorrow for the 14th annual Keene Music Festival in southern New Hampshire. On the schedule is local CT indie rock band, Brotherhood of Thieves, who will play Stage 14 at 4:00 PM. “We are really looking forward to sharing a stage with so many talented musicians,” says Nicholas Cole, lead guitarist. “It’s a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend and take part in the unique Keene community.” With over twelve performance areas, Kee... [Read more]
Photo by Zack Bennett It's been a big year for Connecticut band Little Ugly. They released their first EP, Where the River's Born, in July of 2013, were named "Best in Connecticut" at the New England Music Awards and recently wrapped their first tour. Previously, Little Ugly won "Best Indie Rock" at the CT Music Awards, were name "Best Musician/Band" by Hartford Magazine as well as "Best Rock Band" by the Hartford Advocate. We recently caught up with the band fresh off their tour to talk abou... [Read more]

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Indie Film Diary: Marketing

August 16, 2013
In the wake of the massive amount of hype surrounding the rise of crowd funding for independent films, it’s easy to forget that for every major Hollywood project that gets gobs of press because Zach Braff, Bret Easton Ellis or Spike Lee is affiliated with it, there are thousands of minor players grinding it out in the trenches of Facebook and other social media trying to make a dent in the collective conscience. While swamped in the minutiae of production, rehearsals, rewrites, scheduling and f... [Read more]
Co-Directors of the film Charlie Gorman's Wake Paul Pender and Katie Morris are triple threats in their own right with writing, acting and directing credits to their names. Pender is the chief engine behind the film. As the playwright of the theatrical version of the story, Paul has brought an amalgamation of characters from his long history as a touring musician and pub owner to life in this romantic comedy about friendship and redemption. As co-founder of the Shoestring Theatre Company, Kat... [Read more]
Shaun Donnelly came to the US from Armagh City in Northern Ireland and plays pub regular Johnny Devlin in the film Charlie Gorman's Wake. In the interview below, Shaun talks about the relationship between tough love and Irish humor.
Actor Aaron McNicholl hails all the way from Dungannon, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland and emigrated to the US during The Troubles. In the film Charlie Gorman's Wake, Aaron plays a pub regular named Mick Morris who gets into a particular bit of troubles himself under the influence of impaired judgement. In the interview below Aaron talks about the unique nature of the work and the play on which it was based.
Charlie Starrs emigrated to the US over 40 years ago from Omagh, Ireland and founded the Gaelic Players to bring high-quality Irish theatre to the greater New Haven area. In Charlie Gorman’s Wake, Starrs plays Father Ward, a ball-breaking priest with a penchant for mischief. In this interview, Starrs talks about the legacy of Irish literature in the work of writer/director Paul Pender.
In both the play as well as the film version of Charlie Gorman’s Wake, Peter Lynch stars as the titular Charlie Gorman, a pub regular in the fictional Irish village of Ballycarraig who finds a home away from home in a pint of Guinness along with the other denizens of Gorman’s Bar. Peter himself comes all the way from the “People’s Republic of Cork” and began performing with the New Haven Gaelic Players in 1980. Check out Peter’s take on the character in the video below.
For many it was a long awaited moment, the equivalent of the arrival of Warhol, Godot or the Dalai Lama, the Return of the King (of Carrot Flowers) after years in exile. It was the first time many of us had ever seen him in person. The sheer anticipation of seeing the man whose wailing, disembodied voice and Byzantine lyrics defined Neutral Milk Hotel’s two seminal albums evaporated when Jeff Magnum shambled out onstage and took his seat.Read more...

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