LIVE international and Irish music combined with open air screenings of some top music documentaries feature at this year’s Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival.
One of the world’s most extraordinary exponents of the accordion will be performing and sharing some of the secrets of his talent at Guth Gafa in Malin and Derry.
Kimmo Pohjonnen, a Finnish musician who has been pushing the boundaries of the typically traditional musical instrument for over 30 years, is the subject of the documentary Soundbreaker, one of the highlights of this year’s festival.
Following the City of Culture screening of Soundbreaker, he will play an intimate live gig enhanced by electronics, lighting and sound effects at the Foyle Theatre in the North West Regional College in Derry on Friday 17 May.
The next day in Malin, after Soundbreaker is screened, Kimmo will host an exclusive and unmissable workshop demonstrating his extraordinary skills.
Over the two nights of the Festival Club in the Malin Hotel audiences will be treated to Inishowen’s finest with Kate O’Callaghan and the Henry Girls performing on Friday and Saturday night respectively.
Multi instrumentalist, Jeremy Hickey and the lively The Balkan Alien Sound will play the later slot each night.
And the music doesn’t stop there. A giant LED screen on the Green in Malin Village is a new focal point of this year’s festival.
On Friday night, Madison Square Garden comes to Malin with the screening of Shut Up and Play The Hits.
Viewers can dance in the open air to the music of LCD Soundsystem in this documentary about the final concert of this influential band at Madison Square Gardens, which will be screened after dark.
The mood will be more mellow on Saturday night for the screening of the acclaimed I’m Your Man documentary on the life of legendary singer songwriter, Leonard Cohen.