On video: Be Glad For The Song Has No Ending by The Incredible String Band

Odd, charming 1970 film featuring concert footage, interviews, and a masque called The Pirate and The Crystal Ball.

“If I could describe my songs I wouldn’t sing them” – Mile Heron


More Logical Fallacies

Wonderful settings of my poems by David, and great performances by Andreea and Liz.

David Bremner

Here are a few excerpts from my recent song-cycle of poetry by Billy Mills, Logical Fallacies. The performers are Andreea Banciu (viola) and Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano).

Manor Street






This song

this song is not
the world is

this song is not
the world

(For Larry)

a poem
is always a poem

a moth
a moth

a stranger

in a room

no exit

in a park
by a river
in another city

not the one I was born in
not the one I live in now

a city at war
with itself

All texts are from Lares/Manes (Shearsman Books, 2009) © Billy Mills

Our previous collaboration, Loop Walks, a work of scored polyphonic poetry, is available from http://hardpressedpoetry.blogspot.ie/ and bealfestival@gmail.com

We’re planning to work on another project this year…

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LANDscape UL • Place, performance and imagination research seminar – all welcome

LANDscape UL • Place, performance and imagination.

Place, performance and imagination

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 4-5.30pm,

Tower Theatre, Irish World Academy of Music & Dance

LANDscape research seminar – all welcom


Dr. Niall Keegan, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

‘Mapping the Linguistic Turn – language, space and place in Irish traditional music’

Billy Mills, poet and critic.

‘Words for Music; Music for Words’

Niall Keegan is a traditional Irish flute player and an ethnomusicologist. His PhD, The Art of Juncture – Transformations of Irish Traditional Music, focused on the language-based structures used by traditional musicians to account for and shape their performance practices. His research also engages the diasporic experience of traditional music, particularly in the UK. He has performed extensively throughout the world with musicians such as Sandra Joyce, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and Clive Carroll.

Billy Mills is a poet, editor, literary journalist at guardian.co.uk. Mills was born Dublin in 1954. After some years spent in Spain and the UK, he currently lives in Limerick. He is co-editor (with Catherine Walsh) of hardpressed Poetry. His Lares/Manes: Collected Poems was published by Shearsman in 2009, and Imaginary Gardens and Loop Walks by hardPressed poetry in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Getting to the Academy:


Logical Fallacies: Press Release

Béal presents

Logical Fallacies

a song-cycle by David Bremner 

on poetry by Billy Mills

11 Nov, 8pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Pre-concert talk – 7.30pm

Tickets – €10/8

Soprano: Elizabeth Hilliard

Viola: Andreea Banciu

 Tomorrow, innovative music/text company Béal present the Dublin premiere of a newly-written song-cycle for soprano and viola, Logical Fallacies. The work was was commissioned by Limerick City of Culture 2014 and was created through a collaboration between poet Billy Mills, and Béal co-director and composer, David Bremner. It will be performed by soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and violist Andreea Banciu. The work will consist of settings of existing and new work by Mills, and will juxtapose sung and spoken text, and projections by Mills.

Logical Fallacies is an original new contribution to the song-cycle genre, in a sparse, minimal and thought-provoking idiom; it features a heightened sensitivity to the potential resonances and sonic qualities of each word, so that, in Mills’ words




Its key preoccupation is the relationship between art and the real world explored via the relationship between singing and speaking.

Watch a short video about Logical Fallacies, with extracts from the first performance:

Elizabeth Hilliard is a soprano from Dublin. She brings a dramatic quality and emotional intensity to her performance of solo, chamber and vocal ensemble music. A member of Chamber Choir Ireland and Resurgam, she has toured nationally and internationally: including to China, the US, and Austria.

Andreea Banciu is a member of ConTempo String Quartet. Andreea has toured the world extensively, performing over 1000 concerts at many major venues and International Festivals in Europe, Asia and North America both as a soloist and a chamber music player at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall.

ALSO: Read a review of Béal’s just-released album of music for organ and uilleann pipes, l’air du temps | the spirit of the times, over on today’s Tradconnect: 



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