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Friday 19th August
Music Matters presents
Songs From Stage And Screen
A concert featuring
Quincy Choral Society (Massachusetts, USA)
Music Matters Choir (Dublin, Ireland)
Doors 6pm / Concert 6.30pm
Tickets €16 or €20 with a copy of Music Matters CD
Tickets from www.eventbrite.ie
Quincy Choral Society from Massachusetts, USA will headline this concert. It will also feature Music Matters Inclusive Community Choirs and some surprise soloists! A fantastic night guaranteed!
All proceeds raised from ticket sales will support our Inclusive Community Choirs and Music projects which are inclusive of:
Children and Young People with and without disabilities
Adults with and without disabilities
Older People and those with dementia or memory loss
Those from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds
With thanks to Dublin city council, Abbey Tours an Quincy Choral Society for supporting this wonderful performance and collaboration.
Saturday 20th August
A Concert in aid of Dublin Simon Community
Fosse Singers (UK)
Emma Trounson – conductor
Admission free – retiring collection for Dublin Simon Community
Formed in 2007, this popular UK choir looks forward to singing popular hits and songs from musicals by Bob Dylon, Paul Simon, Lennon & McCartney, Bernstein and many more in a special fundraiser for Dublin Simon Community.
Friday 10th September
Aiken Promotions present
Morrissey & Marshall
Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.ie onsale Friday 30th July at 9am
2016 started with a bang for Morrissey & Marshall and has grown massively from then on. After their captivating full band performance on the Late Late Show, M&M have been inundated with show offers. They have recently done their first European tour and are currently doing a festival tour of the UK. They will be doing their first ‘headline’ tour of Ireland with the full band throughout August and September (including the Unitarian Chuch which they are “buzzing” about).
They are also releasing their new single ‘STAND DOWN’ on August 24th.
“We felt this would be the perfect follow up to ‘Cold November Sunrise’ – it is a step in a direction that feels very exciting to us. We’re growing as writers, the (Morrissey & Marshall) band are growing in numbers and we’re loving it right now.”
“Lyrically, the song is inspired by those poor unfortunates (politicians) who tend to stop at nothing when striving for success… They will lie, mislead, instill fear and do whatever it takes to get the people on side, without any true regard for the people. This song sparks the idea that there will eventually come a time when we’ll come together, rise above the fear and use truth, honesty and love to start fixing all of the things that need to be fixed. I feel that now, more than ever ‘STAND DOWN’ is an important song for this time”
Friday 16th September
Dublin Unitarian Church is pleased to open its doors during the annual Culture Night celebrations. Members of the public are encouraged to visit for spotlight cultural events on the hour or in the gaps between the events (generally the second half of each hour). Our programme this year is
5pm – “Sanctuary Tales” poems, stories and the odd song from the immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers of the Dublin City of Sanctuary group
6pm – “Echoes From The Past” a talk drawing on entries to the baptism book of Dublin Unitarian Church by Rev. Bridget Spain
7pm – Come & Sing with Ardú (choral workshop) – an introduction to choral music featuring melody, harmony and rhythm by using their voices, body percussion and even some beatboxing !!
8pm – Under Pressure: a rehearsed reading of a play about a family having to deal with the menace of drug dealers. Presented by Uncut Diamonds theatre group in the north inner-city
9pm – Come & Sing with Ardú (choral workshop) – an introduction to choral music featuring melody, harmony and rhythm by using their voices, body percussion and even some beatboxing !!
10pm – Dublin Capital City 1974 / 75 (film), a 1975 silent film featuring footage of Dublin city shot by Jim Mulkerns, improvised score performed by Josh Johnston, organist at Dublin Unitarian Church, with an introduction by the director’s daughter, Helena Mulkerns
There will also be items on display detailing the history of the church building and denomination. Visitors are welcome to ask the volunteers from the church congregation questions – if they don’t have all the answers, they will be able to find them for you !!
Saturday 17th September
Áine O’ Dwyer (Organ)
Doors 7.30pm / Concert at 8pm
Tickets – €10 + €1.43 booking fee from www.eventbrite.ie
Áine O’ Dwyer is a harpist, organist and composer from Limerick currently based in London. She has released albums on MIE Music, Fort Evil Fruit and Second Language Music and has performed widely as a solo artist and in collaboration with Mark Fry and the A-Lords, United Bible Studies and Charlemagne Palestine. This will be Áine’s first organ performance in Dublin and she will present a largely improvised solo organ piece.
You can listen to her most recent CD ‘Music for Church Cleaners’ here at Bandcamp.
Saturday 8th October
Sounds of Puglia
Coro Giovanile Pugliese – Puglia Youth Choir
Luigi Leo, conductor
Saturday 19th November
Alive Network presents
Tickets €22 from www.pierrebensusan.com or €25 at the door.
Pierre Bensusan is back in Ireland. Over the past 40 years, finger style acoustic guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan has taken his unique blend of world, Celtic, jazz and folk inspired music to all corners of the globe. Winner of the 2014 Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his triple live album “Encore”, Pierre is recognized as one of the great guitar players of the 21st century. Described as a ‘genius’ by the likes of Jon Gomm and Melody Maker, immortalised by the tune ‘Bensusan’ written in tribute by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important inspiration to many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time.
“How the guitar would want to sound if it could play itself” … in Pierre’s music there is an uninhibited sense of musical freedom and expression, a sense of something both playful and serious, otherworldly yet right here right now. His “manner” of playing defies classification – crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. None can be isolated as simply “World Music”, “Celtic”, “Arabic” or “French”; rather, they represent our world in its current state, a world sharing itself, fusing cultures together in ways we have never experienced. Not to be missed!
Pierre on YouTube
Sunday 11th December
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Cormac Begley
Doors 8.30pm / Show at 9pm
Tickets €19.31 from www.eventbrite.ie
Following a recent sold out show in Dublin’s National Concert Hall, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley embark on a nationwide tour this December.
The pair recently performed together as part of Ó Raghallaigh’s residency in the stunning Kevin Barry room at the National Concert Hall. They share a common interest in the traditional music of both Kerry and Clare, and both have an approach to music that revels in repetition and a deep meditative engagement with each tune.
Ó Raghallaigh’s distinctive sound can be traced back to an early interest in both the sound of the flat-pitch uilleann pipes and a love for the traditional music of Kerry and Clare. Twelve albums to date: solo, duos, trios, and with bands This Is How We Fly and The Gloaming. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center.
Cormac Begley is a bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family. He is founder of Airt and award winning Tunes in the Church concert series in Galway and Dublin. In 2014, he received the Seán Ó Riada Award for concertina playing. To date, he has featured on three acclaimed recordings – the first with fellow concertina player, Jack Talty (‘Na Fir Bolg’), the second (‘Tunes in the Church’), featuring his sister, Clíodhna (viola) and Páraic Mac Donnchadha (banjo), and third, Ré, featuring Liam Ó Maonlaí, Maitiú Ó Casaide, Eithne Ní Chatháin and Peter O’Toole.
Throughout the concert, the pair play a number of very unusual instruments that extend the musical and sonic range available to them: bass, baritone and piccolo concertinas combining with a 10-string hardanger d’Amore fiddle and Dali-esque 5-string viola.
There is lots of music happening at the Unitarian Church – we look forward to seeing you here sometime soon.
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