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Annual Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival announced with Rockin ‘Rhymes kicking it off

Bualadh Bos Childrens Festival 2019: Rockin Rhymes by Branar will be kicking off this years festival on October 6. Picture: Anita Murphy.

Annual Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival announced with Rockin ‘Rhymes kicking it off


The annual Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival will be a part of the Belltable and Lime Tree autumn programme and is Limerick’s only dedicated arts festival for children.

The festival will be kicking off with Branar’s world premiere of Rockin’ Rhymes on Sunday, October 6. There is a full programmeof events in place for both families and schools and has something for every child. The festival will run from the 6-19 of October.

 The Limerick festival hosts eleven different events with two additional events as part of the Bualadh Bos On Tour, which the festival will be brought out to schools in the county.

Bualadh Bos Childrens Festival 2019

Bualadh Bos Childrens Festival 2019 will take place over the course of two weeks with a range of different shows.

As Limerick’s only dedicated arts festival for children, they will also be hosting a family weekend again this year. It will take place on Saturday, October 12 in the Lime Tree Theatre and on Sunday, October 13 in the Belltable.

Marc MacLochlainn, director of Rockin’ Rhymes, said, We were overwhelmed by the reaction we received from our audiences to the music in our previous Woolly’s Quest which premiered in 2018. The responses of these audience members inspired us to create a full show dedicated to music. And so, Rockin’ Rhymes came about. It has been immense fun in the rehearsal room and we think this fun will translate to the stage for our audiences”.

Rockin’ Rhymes is a new music show for music lovers aged 2 to 102. It is a rock-n-roll adventure, performed by a band of 5 musicians, featuring nursery rhymes as you’ve never heard them before. Created specifically for early year audiences aged 2 years and upwards, this is a captivating musical performance, reimagining well-loved nursery rhymes such as Rock-a-Bye Baby and Twinkle Twinkle with bluesy, rock and jazz twists while blending it with Branar’s signature storytelling. 

The 5-piece band comprises of Helen Gregg vocals, Grace Kiely vocals & double bass, Michael Chang viola & mandolin, Rickie O’Neill drums, and Miquel Barcelo musical director on guitar. Digital animations are created by artist Maeve Clancy and the show is directed by Branar’s Artistic Director Marc Mac Lochlainn.

Rockin’ Rhymes is a Galway based company and will feature as part of 5 of Ireland’s children’s festivals and family programmes. Branar will present the music gig to audiences in Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival, Limerick, Babóro International Arts Festival for Children in Galway, Roola Boola Festival in Castlebar, Lollipops Children’s Festival in Roscommon and as part of Riverbank’s Family Programme.

Rockin’ Rhymes is presented in association with Roscommon Arts Centre and Pavillion Theatre and was first supported by Pavilion Theatre’s Patron Bursary Award 2018.

For more information about Branar, click here.

For more stories about the Belltable and Lime Tree theatre, click here.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.