This is for events (other than services) run by or in the church. For titles and people associated with services for the coming month, go to the services page. All events in the church unless otherwise stated.
Friday 28th November
There Will Be Peace: Reflections On Conflict, Love & Loss
Laetare Vocal Ensemble (conductor: Roisín Blunnie)
Voci Nuove (conductor: Lynsey Callaghan)
Tickets €10 / €5 available at the door
In this decade of commemorations, newly-formed Dublin choir Laetare Vocal Ensemble and award-winning Cork choir Voci Nuove join forces to explore themes of conflict, love and loss in an evocative programme that responds to war and adversity in many different ways.
This exciting choral collaboration draws together works from across the centuries and also presents music from some of Ireland’s leading contemporary composers.
Saturday 29th November
Canto a Tenore, Sardinian Pastoral Songs
performed by Tenore di Oliena
Tickets €10 (kids under 12 free when accompanied by an adult) available at the door
The Canto a Tenore is included into the intangible World Heritage of Unesco:
It is a very ancient way of singing pastoral songs that are part of Sardinian culture and traditions. It is performed by four men using four different voice types with no accompaniment. One of the characteristics is the deep guttural timbre of the voices and the lyrics are usually poems or prose in the ancient Sardinian language.
Thess four male voices are referred to as Oche, Bassu, Contra and Mesu Oche. The voice referred to a Oche is the one who carries the “canto” taking charge of the verbal singing. The timber is tenor or baritone for the Oche; guttural and in the throat (ingolato) for the Bassu (bass), the Contra is a hollow and blurry voice (sfocato); and the Mesu Oche is the falsetto.
Friday December 5th
Truly Divine & Josh Johnston
A fundraiser for the Organ Restoration Fund
Tickets €10 (advance) by pressing on the button below through Paypal
Truly & Josh present an evening of fun, music and nostalgia especially for the Organ Restoration Fund of the Dublin Unitarian Church. After a successful debut of this show at the Cork Jazz Festival in October, the dynamic pair are pleased to present the songs made famous on the silver screen by the likes of Judy Garland, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and others as an Organ Fundraiser – songs new and unfamiliar will have you racing for your DVD collections to relive the old movies once more.
Saturday 6th December
Tickets €10 from www.entertainment.ie
‘…. Kennedy delivers in spades on the emotional front, he is a worthy performer who deserves to be taken seriously.’
Jackie Hayden, Hot Press
Dublin singer / songwriter Dermot Kennedy (formerly in Shadows And Dust) plays his debut headline solo gig in the intimate surroundings of the Unitarian Church. His songs are heartfelt and powerful, his lyrics are intricate and moving, and this promises to be a night to remember.
Sunday 7th December **Sold Out***
An acoustic evening with HamsandwicH
Tickets are €20 includes booking fee from www.ticietmaster.ie
The difference a few years can make in the life of a band can be many things, not least surprising and educational. They say a week is a long time in politics, but a few years in music is multiple lifetimes. And so HamsandwicH, the band you thought you knew very well, has turned into HamsandwicH, the band you second guess at your peril. You can tick the boxes here: last year saw the band perform at Slane Castle, support Mumford & Sons at Phoenix Park, and play at the President of Ireland’s Garden Party. This year HamsandwicH sold out their first headline gig at Dublin’s prestigious Olympia theatre, supported Arcade Fire and The Pixies at Marley Park during the summer, and stuffed out the Electric Arena tent at this year’s Electric Picnic. Not bad going for a band once battling with the dreaded ‘quirky’ tag, is it? Fans have requested a return to the Unitarian Church for two years and this is a great opportunity to do that and to present new material from their as-yet-unititled forthcoming CD due next year.
“The biggest change about this new album,” admits Podge, “is that we’re majorly fussy about it. Most artists will say that the best ideas come easy, without much effort in the creative process, but that’s debateable. Throughout the gathering of the new material, we worked very hard and had many ideas for each song. Ultimately, we didn’t want to write anything contrived.”
Perish that thought! With their new material, HamsandwicH have turned into a different, better band, not only more confident in their collective abilities but also in who they are and what they do.
Friday 12th December
A Homebeat Evening
More info to follow
Saturday 13th December
More info to follow
Friday 19th December
Aiken Promotions present
Lisa O’Neill in concert
tickets €15 from www.ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide
Lisa O’Neill concludes a busy year with two Christmas concerts in two specifically chosen listening venues.
With her second album Same Cloth or Not, Lisa won over fans and critics alike. Her rich aged folk voice, melancholic melodies and brilliant lyrical wit marked her a genuinely unique Irish artist. Her live shows became much talked about affairs with the audience welling up one moment, and in stitches the next.
The album was recorded in a beautiful cottage rented in Wicklow in the winter months with David Kitt producing and Karl Oldum engineering and includes her regular band-mates Stina Sandstrom (vocals), Mossy Nolan (bouzouki). Since the recording Aoife O’Sullivan (violin/viola) and Kevin Kelleher (trumpet) has joined the live band.
“…instantly silences the room with her remarkable voice. her song craft and performance capabilities really are extraordinary.” Eamon Sweeney, Irish Independent
“O’Neill is real. Her songs poetry. Her gift, of the ages. It’s possible she’s the most important artist out of Ireland for decades.” – Eamon Carr, The Herald ****
“One of the most outstanding Irish albums of the year.”- Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times ****
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