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SCANRA is a new night of music, myth, and storytelling announced for The Workman’s Club

SCANRA is a new night of music, myth, and storytelling announced for The Workman’s Club

coolgirl (Photo: Rocio Mesones)

Coolgirl, Clara Tracey, and Dulciana Vocal Ensemble have been announced as the headliners for SCANRA: Samhain at the Cellar, a new immersive night of music, myth, and storytelling.

Coming to The Workman’s Cellar on Saturday, November 4th, SCANRA celebrates the Irish origins of Samhain through the voices and mediums of modern creators.

Alongside music, the event will feature pop-up storytelling from local spoken-word artists with a lineup of primarily female and/or LQBTQ+ artists.

Headliners for the night include industrial-electronic artist coolgirl (Lizzie Fitzpatrick, formerly of Bitch Falcon), songwriter and pianist Clara Tracey, and the haunting acapella soundscapes of Dublin-based chamber choir the Dulciana Vocal Ensemble.

The night is not your average costume party. Although dressing up is encouraged, attendees are invited to bring their curiosity, imagination, and wits about them as the Cellar transforms into a haunted macabre tapestry.

SCANRA comes from the twisted imaginations of Julie Hough (lead singer of HAVVK), Tara Mollan (a.k.a. Runah), and Clare Martin.

SCANRA is presented in collaboration with Workmná and The Thin Air. Tickets are €15 euro plus fees and can be found here.


In recent years, there has been a significant rise in interest in Irish heritage—from language and storytelling to traditional music and dance.

Amongst this cultural upsurge has come an increased curiosity about our connection with Samhain. Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween, but in recent decades, our unique connection with this specific time of year has become diluted and commercialised.

SCANRA will be a chance to come together and reconnect with our spooky heritage, listen to folktales of the past, and explore modern-day horror stories through performance and song.

Dulciana Vocal Ensemble (Photo: Ronan Fox)

Primarily female and/or LQBTQ+ performers have been selected for the launch of SCANRA.

From tales of banshees to the real-life Salem witch trials, superstition and folklore have, for centuries, been used to tell stories that often demonised the oppressed and othered, particularly women.

As with many modern horrors, SCANRA as a platform wants to turn this outdated tradition on its head, and put the work of women and other less-represented artists on a pedestal.

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