The North Sea Scrolls have long been a bone of contention amongst historians, theologians and people shouting at bins in car parks. The Scrolls are believed, in certain quarters, to record a parallel, semi-hidden history of these islands. Now, a triumvirate of unlikely questers has at last pinned down the full story of these legendary documents. They are: Luke Haines, Cathal Coughlan, and Andrew Mueller - abetted by Audrey Riley.
This dauntless trio are now ready to share the terrible knowledge they have disinterred. In song. The parchments reached the hands of messrs Haines, Coughlan and Mueller by means which need not trouble us, and have been meticulously distilled and tactfully rewritten into thirteen songs by Mr Haines and Mr Coughlan, to be performed on guitar and piano, and accompanied by the cello stylings of Audrey Riley. The songs will be linked by explanatory footnotes read by Mr Mueller.
The truths contained in the scrolls are at once profoundly disturbing and peculiarly reassuring. Certainly, they answer many long-pressing questions. How did a Dublin criminal overlord become an imperial viceroy? Is England really just two counties - Northshire and Southshire? Could it be that the guttering violence of Northern Ireland is caused by terrorist tribute acts from Australia? Who is Tony Allen? How did Tim Hardin end up commanding a nationalist militia in Cornwall? Can it be true that Morris Men, far from the prancing buffoons of popular repute, are murderous vigilantes - a Cotswoldian thugee cult? How in the name of the Seven Christs did Enoch Powell end up joining Gong? Was Chris Evans really burnt at the stake? If not, why not? Is Jim Corr actually right about everything?
Luke Haines has recorded loads of albums over the last twenty years. (The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof, Black Box Recorder, solo)
Cathal Coughlan has recorded loads of albums over the last thirty years. (Microdisney, Fatima Mansions, solo)
Andrew Mueller has written loads of words over the last twenty years.
Trip. The. Fuck. Out. Brothers and sisters, it's the Scrolls, and the Scrolls have the answer.
National Concert Hall
w/ support from Lioba Petrie and Carolyn Goodwin
November 2nd at 8:30pm
Tickets a/v from nch.ie or call box office at 01 4170000
As part of Note Productions presentation of THE NORTH SEA SCROLLS (aka Luke Haines, Cathal Coughlan and Andrew Mueller), Irish Times music critic Tony Clayton-Lea will conduct a public interview with the trio on Saturday November 2, at 7.30pm, Kevin Barry Room, NCH.
The public interview is a free event for ticket holders only.