Concert & BBQ Wed Aug 2nd

February’s artist-in-residence, Burlington, VT based Clare Byrne, just can’t stay away from Ireland! This August, she returns with friends Dan Strauss and Remy DeLaroque of the Brooklyn, NY based duo Ink the Octopus for an evening of folk rock.  Photographer-in-residence, Youghal native Aissa Lopez, will be on hand to talk about her work-in-progress.

Join us on Wednesday August 2nd at 6:30pm. Admission is a suggested 5 euro donation which will go to the musicians. Food & drink will also be available for a small donation.

Clare Byrne Ink the Octopus Poster Web

Aissa Lopez is currently based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She has a Masters in Fine Art from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and recieved her BA from The Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Her current work uses sculpture and photography to explore issues around the domestic space. She will be working in response to the architecture of the Greywood Arts building while here. Aissa is interested in how buildings can become loaded with meaning which ties into the concern in her work of belief; be it religious or ghostly in nature or in connection to folklore, memory and the stories we tell ourselves.

These photographs are of paper model reconstructions, based on places the artist has lived.


What happens when a Vermont country-based singer-songwriter and an urban alternative acoustic duo from Brooklyn, NY come together for a common purpose? A week of musical exploration and touring in Ireland

Byrne and Ink the Octopus bring city and country together: sharply crafted songwriting in heart-and-soulfully rollicking folk-indie arrangements on guitar, keyboards, harmonica, percussion and harmonizing vocals. The three musicians draw on influences diverse and rich: Wilco, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Armatrading, and Joni Mitchell.

Listen to an interview with Clare about her time at Greywood Arts & the upcoming concert on ArteFact Radio: 

Byrne is a lifelong contemporary dancer and choreographer who picked up the guitar six years ago and began a second career in music & songwriting. Remy De Laroque started a career as a singer in the French band Dyva, signed to the French Record Co. Carrere. He moved to NYC and collaborated with Rebecca Martin and Rew in addition to promoting his own career. Dan Strauss is a connoisseur of instruments who calls the recording studio his true home. He began learning piano as a boy by playing Springsteen and Beatles songs, eventually taught himself guitar and began writing songs in his twenties.

Though they have always supported each other musically in New York City and Vermont. DeLaroque and Strauss formed Ink The Octopus in 2016 to truly merge their musical journeys and are releasing their debut EP this summer. Byrne also released her first EP, Seed in May 2017, in a recording and release party that included Strauss and DeLaroque.

Won’t be in Killeagh on August 2nd? You can catch them Elsewhere on their Irish tour:

August 1 Workman’s Pub, Dublin
August 3 Crowley’s Bar, Kenmare
August 5 Roisin Dubh, Galway
August 9 NellieFred’s, Dingle

We’re Open!

I’ve been trying to write this post for three weeks now, but can’t seem to find the words. If you’ve been following along with this blog, you already know we’ve been working on the house for two years. You have a fair idea of all the work that’s gone into creating the space now known as Greywood. You’ll know we began hosting artists-in-residence back in February, and perhaps you were even at our Opening Celebration July 1st.IMG_9720-T

It’s taken some time to process everything that’s happened since moving to Ireland in 2015. We were pretty wrecked after the Opening. And we wanted to spend some quality time with our intern, Samantha, before she returned to Belgium. It’s not the same without her here – she is sorely missed!!! But now, sitting in the library with the cat on my lap, let me tell you how it went.   

IMG_9572-TThree weeks later, people are still commenting on how much they enjoyed the Opening Celebration. Anna Mitchell’s concert under the marquee was a highlight of the evening. Everyone loved her voice. Ilse de Ziah was playing cello in the library as guests came in, and the Exile Micro-bookshop was beautifully on display there as well. It packs up into two little vintage suitcases. People really took their time looking at the Greywood House history exhibition Samantha Agneessens put together in the Movement Studio. Naomi Litvack gave a wonderful talk about how she spent her time as artist-in-residence in the week leading up to the Opening. She opened up the floor for questions and engaged with attendees. Natasha Bourke’s performance art alter-ego, Coneface, appeared and disappeared throughout the night. Childrenwere especially taken with it, joining in at times. We were really pleased with the food, which we catered ourselves.

East Cork Journal and the Irish Examiner both sent photographers, plus we had the fantastic Amanda Bimonti on hand for the entire evening. All photos in this post are by Amanda and more can be seen on her Flickr page or on our facebook.

 There was undoubtedly a festive feeling as approximately 100 people filtered through Greywood. Visitors of all ages traveled from as far as Dublin, though most were from East Cork and Cork City. We were honoured to have our local TD, Minister David Stanton, give a brilliant speech before the champagne toast.

Minister Stanton said:

I think we’re all blown away by this – it’s absolutely fantastic. I want to thank Jessica and Hughie for the invitation here this evening – for your vision, and for your hard work of what you’ve been doing here, and for what you’re going to do, which is even more inspiring.

How great is it to be thanked not only for what you’ve achieved, but recognised for what you’re trying to do in the future???

It’s easy for us to walk around the house and see only the things that still need doing. It feels so good to have people come in that knew the house before the builders, or saw it as just a dusty stone shell, and to see their reactions. It’s incredible to look back at photos from when we first bought the house, and be really proud of how far we’ve come. Because we started out looking at even larger buildings, this one seemed manageable in comparison – but we have been reminded that what we took on was still an enormous challenge!

I’d like to share a message from our friend Lisa, who volunteered at the door that night:

It was a beautiful evening. What you created was and is so special. People recognise this. I heard such beautiful comments as they came in and out. I felt very proud to be a part of it all. 

We’re proud too, and grateful to the community of well-wishers supporting our vision.  We’re taking a moment to savour that feeling. But only a quick one – there’s so much more to do!


So what’s next?

  • We’ll have a new logo to show you soon!
  • Wednesday August 2nd be here for a folk rock gig and BBQ with Clare Byrne (February’s artist-in-residence) and Brooklyn duo Ink the Octopus at 6:30pm.
  • Save the date: Saturday August 26th at 6pm for a Heritage Week concert
  • Save the date: September 22nd, Culture Night – join us for a family-friendly workshop making Surrealist drawings and poems.

Update 28/7: Listen to some sound bytes from the Opening on ArteFact radio – thanks Éanna!