If you have been following me on Twitter you will have seen various tweets about trumpets and knickers. I’m sure most people think I had lost the plot but it was all in the name of Spike and now I can tell you more about it.
The ‘I Met Spike’ exhibition came about as a result of me listening to Jane Milligan talking about her dad in November of last year. I was fascinated by the stories she told of her childhood and I wanted to know more about the man. Afterwards I was talking to a couple of friends about Spike and they happened to mention that they’d met him, or knew of someone who had met him. This got me thinking, and after consulting with Colin (who is one of the founders of the Spike Sligo Comedy Club and Bright Side of Life Festival), ‘I Met Spike’ was born.I managed to meet people from Sligo or living in Sligo that had met Spike. I took their photo and listened to their story.
The project has been a brilliant experience for me, and given me a real sense of who the true Spike Milligan was. Each person’s story showed a different side to Spike and proved what a very complex and diverse individual he was.
Pictured above is Michael Colreavy TD who met Spike in Eason’s, Dublin in 1972. You can see the rest of the photographs and find out more about the stories if you come along to 5 Holborn Street on Wednesday 9th April at 6pm.
This is just a very small part in an action packed festival which you can read more about below and find out how to get tickets here.
SPIKE SLIGO LAUNCH INAUGURAL BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE COMEDY AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
9TH – 12TH APRIL 2015
A writer, artist, musician, comedian and actor, Spike Milligan had strong Sligo connections. His namesake “Spike Sligo”, a comedy and mental health centred group, are bringing many of these disciplines to the fore in a weekend festival featuring music, comedy, talks, workshops, art and outdoors events.
The mainstay of this Spike Sligo Festival will be comedy. Headline act, Richard Herring, is oft referred to as “The King Of Edinburgh” for his prolific and positive performances. Richard will be doing a live podcast and staging his acclaimed new show “The Lord Of The Dance Settee” over the course of the festival. Other comedy highlights include:
Abandoman’s genius hip-hop improv stylings, designed to make jaws drop and minds boggle
The camp brilliance of The Lords Of Strut, with both a children’s show and a definitely-not-for-children show. CHAOS!
Spike Sligo favourites, Niamh Marron, Christian Talbot, Allison Spittle, Ursula Burns and Robbie Bonham and many more.
The perfectly placed tribute to the dangers of teen obsession and the internet which is Sophie Hagen’s fabulous “Sophie Hagen Loves Westlife” show.
The super-charged, long-locked lothario of screen and stage that is Aindrias De Staic and his show “The Man From Moogaga”.
In collaboration with Sligo Jazz Project the Spike festival will see big name jazz outfits like The David Lyttle band, Pigfoot, The Brian Priestley Quartet and Nick Pynn and Daisy Grant perform in a variety of settings.
Some of Sligo’s finest local talent will be showcased in a Gala “Bright Side Of Life” concert featuring Eddie Lee, Kieran Quinn and friends and also the privilege of witnessing Spike’s daughter Jane Milligan performing some previously unheard songs by her father only recently unearthed.
Artist-in-residence for the festival, Tracey Moberly, will be running an Art-Athon of workshops from the 7th to the 11th, tackling two different disciplines a day for a total of ten artistic endeavours.
Spike Sligo have a strong connection to mental health and one of the core themes of the Bright Side Of Life festival is to highlight mental health issues in the community, with several specific events like
Christian Talbot’s “Cheaper Than Therapy” show.
Helen McNulty’s one woman show “YUCK!” about phobia and its effects.
The personal testimony panel event “I Told You I Was Ill”, featuring well-known personalities discussing their own personal experiences with mental health issues.
The Rennafix Thrill to Chill day, featuring outdoor activities, adventure sports, comedy, music and cinema in a beautiful Sligo countryside location.
As always, Spike Sligo are committed to contributing a 10% tithe to each of their affiliated local charities, Sligo Rape Crisis Centre and Rennafix.