Pigtown Fling to kickstart Limerick ‘musical renaissance’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Noel Hogan, producer of the project, performing at the Pigtown Fling.Picture: Ken Coleman
LIMERICK’S music community came together in stunning fashion last Saturday night for one of the key legacy events of City of Culture.

LIMERICK’S music community came together in stunning fashion last Saturday night for one of the key legacy events of City of Culture.

The Pigtown Fling was the live showcase for an album of original music created by a wide variety of local musicians working together, many for the first time.

500 people crowded into the Crescent Hall for the sold out event, with all 17 tracks recorded for the album performed live.

The curated body of work encapsulates the thriving music scene in Limerick and was overseen by creative director John Greenwood and producer Noel Hogan, who himself performed on the night with many of the acts.

Proceeds from the sale of the album will go towards the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol and The Learning Hub in Thomondgate, but it was the collaborative nature of over 40 artists working together that has, according to UL sociology lecturer Dr Eoin Devereux - one of the key people involved in organising the event - sparked “Limerick’s music renaissance”.

“We should all celebrate the success of a truly wonderful night in Limerick’s musical history,” he said afterward.

“The energy, vitality, ability and talents of everyone involved needs to be celebrated. The diversity of pieces performed are testament to a new Limerick, one confident enough to say ‘we can do it’, we can make music, we can develop a sustainable music industry.”

Speaking in the run up to the event, John Greenwood had said he hoped the project would result in a “world-class product, music wise, using Limerick people and the resources we have.

Such was the demand for tickets to the event that the organisers believe that they could have held a second night, and plans are in motion to do so.

“It has the potential for something like this to happen every year, and that will become the legacy side of it,” explained John

“This is a starting point, Limerick is as big in music as it is in rugby and people really need to recognise that. I think this CD will get that out there.”

Noel Hogan said “the album will speak for itself. It is of a standard that could be released anywhere in the world. There are at least five or six songs on this album that radio would pick up on, straight away, daytime radio. And that shows that there is the quality of musicians and writers in this town, they just need something like this - a platform.”

Comperes for the night were Paul McLoone of Today FM and The Undertones and Pat Shortt - who finished the night by performing a version of Teenage Kicks.

“This is a great demonstration of what can happen when local musicians come together to work together,” said Paul.

“You just had to look at the line-up tonight to see all those different artists, so many different styles, so much diversity in terms of the music on one stage and all contributing to one album, which is incredible, and it is all for a good cause.

Pat Shortt said the quality of “top quality, very diverse talent, is incredible.

“What I am blown away by is the collaboration between the artists. It has reinvigorated the scene in Limerick,” he beamed.