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Friday 31st March 2017
Old Flat Top presents
An Acoustic Evening with
Over The Rhine
Tickets €21 from www.ticketsource.eu
“lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic,”
“mature, graceful and sad songs (and) intimate, soulful arrangements,” that “showcase Bergquist’s achingly beautiful voice.”
“aggressively beautiful, like those ’60s protesters who confronted soldiers with flowers.”
For more than twenty years husband and wife duo Over The Rhine have been crafting evocative, earthy songs and delivering them to their intensely loyal fans with a torchy, devil-may-care beauty.
With Linford Detweiler’s deeply literary songwriting and Karin Bergquist’s unmatched vocals, the pair have found themselves royalty in an underground world of artist’s artists. Pulling from a heritage of folk, jazz, ragtime, and classical music, Over The Rhine will draw you in for an evening you’ll never forget.
Sunday 2nd April
Brooksie Wells & Round Hill
3pm in the vestry
Admission free – donations encouraged to be shared between Church Restoration Fund and the artistes
With connections and friends in the Unitarian Universalist denomination, Brooksie Wells grew up in the South with parents who fought for Civil Rights and the Equal Rights Amendment. She moved to New York City in the 1970s, where the thriving folk music scene heavily influenced her music. Bobby Darin discovered Brooksie at the age of 19, and she wrote for years for Chappell Music, with several of her songs used in recordings and movie soundtracks. After raising two children, Brooksie began recording again and her last album, Down Home Divas, went to #2 on the Roots Americana Charts. She comes to Ireland with a new album – North East Rising Sun – to promote and we are pleased to welcome her to Dublin Unitarian Church on her first visit to our country and our church.
She will be joined for this tour by Round Hill, a duo consisting of Lisa Kay Howard and Wally Hughes.
Friday 7th April
Tunes In The Church presents
Tickets €20 from www.tickets.ie
Ré (pronounced ‘ray’ and meaning ‘moon’ or ‘era’ in Irish) features some of Ireland’s most innovative and decorated musicians. Maitiú Ó Casaide, a Dublin based piper from the esteemed Ó Casaide family, received TG4’s Young Musician of the Year Award 2015. Cormac Begley’s concertina playing has been described as ‘a masterclass in timeless musicianship (Irish Times ****) and in 2014 he received the Sean Ó Riada Award. Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K), a highly celebrated traditional singer and fiddle player from Co. Kildare, is breaking new ground in indie-folk under the alias Inni-K. Founding member of the Hothouse Flowers and revered songwriter and accompanist, Peter O Toole from Dublin adds a depth of musicality and sensitivity to this eclectic group.
Over the past three years the band have performed at some of the main international arts festivals including the Sydney Arts Festival, New Zealand Arts Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival. They have also toured extensively throughout Europe and have performed at the Lincoln Centre in New York. They received a nomination for best music at the Bessie Awards and the production Rian (comprised of Ré and eight contemporary dancers) received an award for best production.
Saturday 8th April
Hally – Peeling Onions
Tickets €15 from Hally’s Bandcamp
Hally, an experimental indie singer-songwriter and producer from County Kildare, has returned to the music business after a 10 year hiatus from live performance, with an exciting and ambitious project called “Peeling Onions” consisting of 52 songs and music videos that he is releasing weekly throughout the year via popular online streaming and video websites.
This body of work is compiled into 4 albums that will be made available to purchase via Vinyl, CD and one digital download. The first Album of these series, “Peeling Onions” Vol.I, will be launched on Saturday 8th April at 8pm in the beautiful intimate surroundings of the Dublin Unitarian Church for an Exclusive Album Launch Experience.
Describing the project, Hally said: “The music from “Peeling Onions” is a wildly eclectic collection, in many respects autobiographical, uncovering not only the story of my defining years of struggle, discovery and transformation, but of a lifetime”.
Hally will perform with his band “The Hymns”, namely Will Dowling (Sax/ Clarinet), Ian Smith (Guitars/ Keys), Gary O’Rielly (Piano/ Guitar/ Keys), Dave Redmond (Upright Bass) & Kevin Brady (Drums/percussion). Very Special guests to be announced.
Sunday 9th April
Laetare Vocal Ensemble – In Circling Flight
Roisín Blunnie (director)
Concert & CD Launch
Tickets available at the door €10 / €5
Dublin chamber choir Laetare Vocal Ensemble presents a Spring concert of choral music from the Renaissance, Romantic and Contemporary eras, including brand new works by some of Ireland’s leading composers.
The choir’s new CD, In Circling Flight, will be launched by Carl Corcoran (RTÉ Lyric FM Blue of the Night). Featuring pieces by composers Seán Doherty, Rhona Clarke and John Buckley, this CD emerges from a Dublin City University Heritage Project set up to celebrate the compositional legacies of St Patrick’s College and Mater Dei Institute, both now incorporated into DCU. All three composers are now, along with conductor Róisín Blunnie, on the staff of the new School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music in DCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Laetare Vocal Ensemble is a mixed choir of 40 voices, founded in 2014, and fast developing a profile in Irish choral performance. Last year, the choir won the Contemporary Music Centre Trophy for the performance of Irish choral music at the Cork International Choral Festival, and during 2015 was named National Choir of the Year at the Navan Choral Festival and Premier Choir at the Mayo International Choral Festival, as well as winning the mixed choir, sacred music, and W.B. Yeats award at the Sligo International Choral Festival.
Saturday 15th April
The Pictures presents
The Jungle Book (1967)
Tickets €8 / €10 from www.eventbrite.ie
In this Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling’s book, Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, has his peaceful existence threatened by the return of the man-eating tiger Shere Khan (George Sanders). Facing certain death, Mowgli must overcome his reluctance to leave his wolf family and return to the “man village.” But he is not alone on his quest: Aided by Bagheera the panther, and later by the carefree bear Balloo (Phil Harris), he braves the jungle’s many perils. Classic songs and music by George Bruno, Terry Gilkyson, Richard Sherman and Robert Sherman.
Friday 28th April
Turning Pirate presents
Joe Chester & friends
Ticket details to follow
One of the most critically acclaimed contemporary singer-songwriters and one of the most in-demand producers around (“A legitimate giant of Irish music.” – Hotpress), Joe Chester has been nominated for both the Choice Music Prize and the Meteor Irish Music Awards. His debut album A Murder Of Crows was included in the books 101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, by Tony Clayton-Lea and Buried Treasure Vol. 2 by Dan Hegarty.
His newly released fifth album, The Easter Vigil has drawn praise as “genuinely breathtaking” and “truly transcendent” by Hotpress, “melody incarnate” by The Sunday Business Post and “his most profound and moving work yet” by RTE.
Friday 5th May
Úna Keane in concert
Tickets €15 from www.unakeane.com
“The sheer beauty of Úna Keane’s music is a testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound. Minimalist, free-form – and with a definite Irish tone – these compositions take us to that deep sonic space explored by only the very best of musicians” – John Kelly
“Her inventive piano adds lustre and atmosphere to music that avoids any sense of formula or predictability” – Hot Press ****
“Úna’s free-flowing minimalist compositions carry the listener to magical places…never forced, never hurried – these gorgeous motifs gently envelop you and provide comfort in a crazy world” – Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night
Úna Keane is a pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland. Her latest project is an album of piano solo compositions which combine free-form minimalism & classical cross-over. Her use of repeated motifs and cyclical patterns results in music that gets up close and personal whilst also conjuring up wide cinematic landscape. Written in tempo rubato, with tonal influences from both the traditional Irish music and classical genres, this is music that is imbued with space and room to breath.
The album was conceived and composed over 3 trips to Paris between 2015 / 2016 while staying at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais, and includes a commission from CCI to compose a piece of music after a Séamus Heaney poem. Back home in Ireland, 2 week-long stays in a rented cottage in the wilds of the Beara Peninsula & long walks in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with her Irish Terrier Indie provided further inspiration.
This record talks to the idea of how we owe who we are to all those who have gone before us. How they paved the way, and enabled us to do what we do.
Following a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition & Music Technology at the Conservatory of Music & Drama in Dublin, Úna pursued studies in Film Scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, achieving Distinction. Further study with Berklee has been ongoing, with a special focus on Composition and Orchestration for Film. To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland & RTE, and her compositions have been performed at The National Concert Hall in Dublin.
Sunday 21st May
Andrew Olwill – Classical Guitar
The Vestry, Dublin Unitarian Church
3pm in the vestry
Admission free – donations encouraged to be shared between Church Restoration Fund and the artist
Andrew Olwill started playing the classical guitar at the age of 12 and spent 6 years studying with Kevin Jennings at the Dublin School of Guitar. Progressing quickly on the instrument, Andrew took first place at a national youth competition and made his solo television debut the following year. He then went on to study for a degree in Music Performance with the virtuoso guitarist professor John Feeley.
After some years composing electronic dance music and playing in a post punk band, Andrew returned to the pursuit of classical guitar playing, participating in the master classes of David Russell, Fabio Zanon, and Scott Tennant. He played with the now infamous Dublin Guitar Quartet appearing on their debut recording and touring extensively throughout Ireland. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Performance and Musicology at NUI Maynooth under the instruction of the internationally acclaimed guitarist Dr. Pavlos Kanellakis.
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