THE FILÍDH – EIMÉID Ó BRIAIN
Finding the words to describe the work and performance of Emmet O’Brien is no easy task. The 24-year-old from the Northside of Dublin is a beautiful amalgamation of talent and story. Labelling a creative such as Emmet as a poet almost doesn’t do the artist justice for what impact and accomplishments he has made and achieved in his creative career thus far. Emmet O’Brien is a Filídh, a filídh is a legendary olden Irish term which translates to a poet who has surpassed rudimentary levels of the art. A creative who was worshipped for their skills and their art and someone who has undoubtedly left a stamp in the world they roam. As humble as the man is I doubt he’d accept a compliment of such standard but those who know of him would certainly agree; that the stamp he has left on the creative scene in Ireland so far is more than enough of a reason to deserve a label such as filídh.
What I love about Emmet is his work off the stage as well as his performance on it. The artist lives to help and support up-and-coming talent and creativity and enable them to perform for an audience, which is rarely achieved for the newcomer. The sheer positivity that radiates from this man’s actions is truly wonderful to witness and long may they last.
A full house, socially distanced at the time of course… yet despite being held 2 meters apart from one another I’ve never felt more of a unified connection within an audience before, it’s almost as if our hearts beat at the same rhythm for those sixty minutes. All of us look on in awe and unison as Emmet magically combines story into poetic lyricism, a transition so smooth the lads in Pink Floyd would be emerald with envy. In the performance, Emmet includes some personal stories that incorporate topics of the importance of understanding and listening to your deep feelings within yourself and finding your own way to cross the bridges of your troubles, combined with hilarious snippets of memories that give you that warm nostalgic hug we all long for from time to time. I must recommend to all those reading this feature to catch one of Emmet’s shows, they’re truly an amazing experience.
We’re over the moon to collaborate alongside Emmet to discover the artist behind the art and unfold the mystery behind the Filídh. You can read his exclusive Void Magazine interview below.
Emmet O' Brien is the Filídh.
Despite the “Poet” Title we have displayed, we can all agree the man’s labels extend far beyond that. It has been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with Emmet in this way and on behalf of Void Magazine we truly wish him all the best for the remainder of the year and 2023.
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