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Tonight: IWP Resident Nell Regan Reads Alongside Musician Guy Drollinger

October 25, 2011 - 7:00pm

Prairie Lights

15 S. Dubuque Street / Iowa City, IA


Please join us for a special night of Irish music and poetry with Nell Regan and Guy Drollinger. Nell Regan is currently in residence with The University of Iowa's International Writing Program. Her collections of poetry include Preparing for Spring which was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writing, Strong, and Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and Bound for Home which has just been released in Ireland. Bound for Home is a sequence of poems based on an old coastal fort in County Cork which was commissioned by Cork County Council who also commissioned visual artist Monica Boyle. Irish poet Thomas McCarthy says of the work ”Through these poems the incidences of Camden life become art, the stones stand up and speak to us”.

Guy Drollinger is one of Iowa's premier folk artists and a leading exponent of the distinctive fiddle playing style of Eastern Iowa. Combining traditional Anglo-Scots-Irish dance tunes with influences from bluegrass, Nashville, the folk song revivals from the 50's on as well as Blues, he was named twice as a Master Fiddler for the Iowa Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and with his daughter Hannah has represented the State of Iowa at the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife in Washington D.C. Guy plays with many groups including the Drollinger Family Band, as well touring nationally, and internationally with Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre.

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