- 05 May 23
Watch Part One of Rooftop Lullabies Monaghan – featuring Rob de Boer, Tebi Rex and Dani Larkin – on the Hot Press YouTube channel on Monday.
Celebrating some of the most original talent currently emerging on these shores, Part One of Rooftop Lullabies Monaghan, is set to premiere on the Hot Press YouTube channel at 3pm on Monday, May 8.
Monday's video will feature special live performances from Rob de Boer, Tebi Rex and Dani Larkin. You can also look forward to Part Two – coming soon! – which features Danny Groenland, Susan O'Neill, and Clara Rose & Mick McCarney.
Each video features an eclectic selection of performances – curated and produced by SoFFt Productions – filmed across the rooftops of Monaghan town.
"Our towns, our cities, our villages; they are more than concrete," the film series' official description reads. "They are more than their roads and footpaths, their drains and chimneys. They are what make up our homes and make up our memories.
"Our musicians are what bring these places to life and bring communities together. This project provides a beautiful performance experience showcasing musical artists in unique locations, often inaccessible to the public."
Both films aim to offer access "to a space often hidden from view" – with each act performing a stripped back version of a classic song in the special setting. In Monday's video, you can look forward to covers of 'The Girl From Ipanema', 'Just The Two Of Us', and 'Travelin' Soldier'.
Tapping into Monaghan’s association with country and blues music, each artist has selected a classic from within these expansive genres – from traditional country through to R&B – while also putting their own unique spin on the song.
“Filmed across one of the hottest weekends in Monaghan last summer, these films hopefully capture the joy and excitement felt on the day by the whole crew," says director Shane O’Callaghan. "Monaghan’s warm welcome was certainly felt and we are grateful to each of the artists featured for these beautiful performances”
SoFFT Productions is a creative team that specialises in the most ambitious spectacles – including Music Town’s Roof Lullabies, Celestial Bodies, The Lyric Concert and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and RTÉ Choice Music Prize awards.
The film was created with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Local Live Performance Programming Scheme and Monaghan Arts Office.
Watch the premiere of Part One of Rooftop Lullabies Monaghan on the Hot Press YouTube channel at 3pm on Monday, May 8.