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Tales Vs Tunes Tour 2017 - Maynooth

Common Grounds are in cahoots with The Circle Session collective to bring you Tales vs Tunes

Have you ever wondered who would win in a fight between a musician and a poet? Tales Vs. Tunes is a competition between musicians and spoken word artists to finally determine which is superior - Music or spoken word! In this context, spoken word covers pros, poetry and comedy. Each performer gets the same 2 words and they must create a brand new piece which use these words in some capacity. Musicians and spoken word artists are then paired off in a versus format in the live show, with the winner being decided by public vote. The only difference in format between our weekly version and our tour version is that the winner of each individual battle will not be revealed, only the score of #TeamTales and #TeamTunesat the end of the night!

Performers can do anything they want with the words. In the past, we've gone from the extremes of repeating them over and over all the way down to alluding to them but not even physically saying the exact words. The aim is to use the words in as creative a way as possible and win a point for your team! Most pieces average 3-5 minutes but only an upper time limit of 10 minutes applies. We have seen 30 second long pieces win in the past so longer is not necessarily better!

You can grab the videos from our series 2 here to give you an idea of how it works:

Performer application available here:
Chris Short
Darwin's Daughter
Tayo Henry Kareem
Emmet O'Brien Poetry
Roisin Kearney
Lisa Dee