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Saturday 23rd March
Born Optimistic presents
James Heather / Luke Howard
Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm
Tickets €25 from www.bornoptimistic.com
“Incredibly emotive pieces. A tender, touching album” Loud and Quiet (Albums of the Month)
“This classical masterwork seems like it has simply come out of nowhere.” Bandcamp (Albums of the Week)
“Stories from Far Away On Piano is a fragile, beautiful album – reminiscent of modern composers such as Nils Frahm and Max Richter.” Line Of Best Fit
“Heather joins a growing group of pianist-composers who have learned their lessons from the classical masters and invented a new language for our own time.” iTunes
“Capable of supreme tenderness and yet, tonally, hugely powerful.” Mixmag
“Shimmers on the cusp of emotive melody and ambience.” Mojo
Blown away by just how special this night is going to be. Either of these artists by themselves playing Dublin would be cause for much joy, but of them on the same bill is sheer ecstasy. There are few things on this planet as pure, as focused and as emotionally direct as getting to feel the power of solo piano as a mode of musical delivery. When the composers themselves sit down to share their music with you in such an intimate way it offers up a perfect refuge from daily life.
Heather is one of the new school set of ‘post classical’ artists flourishing in the wake of the long, steady but recently accelerated success of figureheads like Max Richter and Nils Frahm, and the wider public’s overdue but now burgeoning relationship with this varied genre. He played a magical concert for Born Optimistic in November 2017 and as expected, his trajectory has shot upwards since. His music is both straightforward and complex, instantly accessible yet rewarding of multiple listens. His tracks have received over 60 million plays on Spotify, Apple and other services.
Heather’s music has featured on many Spotify playlists such as Peaceful Piano, Lucid Dreamer and Most Beautiful Songs In The World. Whilst on Apple, Heather has been featured on playlists such as Headspace and Meditative Moments and reached number 2 on the UK classical charts in iTunes.
Australian Music Prize-nominated composer Luke Howard is one of Australia’s foremost practitioners of contemporary classical music. Having already accomplished so much and with more on the horizon, he is set to captivate audiences worldwide. His piano playing has been described as “absolutely heavenly” (Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6) and his music as “an ambient masterclass” (Musos’ Guide), but no words can fully capture the potency of Howard’s enthralling compositions. A pianist since childhood, Howard has scored films and performed with artists as diverse as Lior and Jeff Mills, capturing audiences with contemporary classical arrangements that curl and twist around the boundaries of a particular emotion. Though wordless, Howard’s songs perform a function unique to music as a medium – that of evoking without describing, bringing listeners to a feeling which defies articulating. Now signed to UK label Mercury KX (Lambert, Olafur Arnalds, Solomon Grey), 2018 has seen the release of Howard’s third solo album Open Heart Story, which explores fragmented relationships, childhood memories and the passage of time. He has also toured extensively with shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Istanbul, London, Moscow, and Warsaw. Back home in Melbourne, Howard also composed music for the virtual reality project The Unknown Patient (which premiered at the Venice Biennale) and the short film The Sand That Ate The Sea.
Friday 29th March
Aiken Promotions presents
Padraig Stevens & Leo Moran
Tickets €22.50 from www.ticketmaster.ie
The Saw Doctors, Christy Moore and Michael English have all had success with his songs but if you want to hear the original versions of favorites like ‘The Tuam Beat’ and ‘Ireland for the Summer’ go along to the The Unitarian Church on Friday March 29th to hear Padraig Stevens perform a selection from his book of songs, when he will be accompanied by Leo Moran, guitarist with the Saw Doctors. This is the duo’s first Dublin show and an event not to be missed. A night of original songs is promised, with a few stories and a bit of craic thrown in.
Friday 5th April
Cry Monster Cry
Tickets €15 + booking fee from www.eventbrite.ie
“A hugely accomplished debut album marking out a new talent” – RTE ****
“A bewitching record” – Hotpress Magazine ****
“Rich harmonies…exceedingly likeable” – The Sunday Times ****
“Insular, thoughtful and poetic. Totally addictive and alluring” – Pure M Magazine ****
“Weaves its way into your affections” – Irish Daily Mail ****
Change is inevitable. It’s the very essence of music. Tempos, rhythms, dynamics. Rising, falling, swelling and settling like the tide. Following on from the success of their debut album, Rhythm of Dawn, released to critical acclaim, Cry Monster Cry is embracing change.
Their latest single Citadel still holds the signature elements that Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin have become known for; warm fraternal harmonies, thoughtful, unadorned instrumentation, evocative lyrics and beautiful melodies, but a visceral, more measured approach is also now apparent. Recorded in the wilds of Donegal under the watchful eye of producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Bell X1, Luke Sital-Singh) the song presents a level of honesty and maturity that is new for the band.
Cry Monster Cry has come a long way since releasing their debut EP The Fallen in 2012. The last two years have seen the band performing on television (The Imelda May Show, Other Voices) to millions of international viewers, as well as playing a string of sold out shows across Ireland and Europe.
Now the brothers are setting off on a new musical voyage, showcasing a conviction that has been sculpted through live performance and the bond felt between musician and audience, and a close-to-the-bone artistry that has been forged over time. Hopes, fears, successes, failures, love, anger, sadness, it’s all present.
Saturday 27th April
Tickets €20 from www.picturehouse.ie
An acoustic show featuring all the hits and a few surprises.
Sunday 28th April
Dublin Youth Choir
Lynsey Callaghan – conductor & director
Afternoon concert – more details to follow
Friday 3rd May
Tickets €15 from www.ticketmaster.ie
Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of a regional anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft defies local comparison in striving towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic.
Balanced with a diverse palette of sounds, Burnside deftly blends alt-folk and elements of the Irish folk song tradition with South American rhythms and Eastern European influences, whilst introducing synthetic and found-sounds, synths loops and crunching beats to create a stormy world that shifts and swirls perspective like a lingering lucid dream. With over 10 Million streams on Spotify and 2017’s Press Winner of the NI Music Prize
Joshua Burnside’s future looks very bright indeed.
Friday 10th May
Music For Inner Peace
featuring Ananda and Mangala’s Group
a concert of meditative music with two instrumental and vocal groups who create a unique sound – a blend of soulfulness, power and silence.
Sunday 19th May
My Grass Is Blue presents
Kristy Cox & Band
Doors 7pm // Show 8pm
Tickets €27 from www.mygrassisblue.com from mid-February 2019
“Kristy Cox is making a repeat visit to my favorites list. This Australian transplant captured lightning in a bottle when she teamed up with producer and writer Jerry Salley a couple of years ago, and the combination is still magical. On Ricochet, Cox steps it up a notch or two as a vocalist, making her one of the best in the business. Lots of strong songs here, but my favorite is a heart-breaking duet with Brandon Rickman on ‘A Bed This Cold’, which Rickman wrote with Salley.”
– David Morris, Bluegrass Today, selecting Ricochet as one of his favourite album releases of 2018
Chart-toppin’ Nashville-based Kristy Cox is on quite the roll. Capturing attention with her powerful singing style, youthful energy-infused bluegrass, and song writing acumen, she continues to enjoy radio & television success in both the US and in her native Australia where she’s a multi award-winning Australian Country Music Awards Golden Guitar recipient – most recently she picked up the 2019 Golden Guitar for Bluegrass Album of the Year for her 2018 release Ricochet. For this, her current & first release after signing with the Virginia-based bluegrass-only Mountain Fever label, Kristy teamed up with renowned songwriter Jerry Salley. Proving to be quite the formidable pairing in writing and recording great bluegrass and acoustic country music, the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album and was shortlisted for the GRAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Album.
I Can Almost See The Smoke on YouTube
Friday 21st June
Concert of meditative music with ‘Mountain Silence’ – a female vocal and instrumental ensemble from Switzerland, Germany and Austria, who sing with the accompaniment of violin, cello, harmonium and guitar. They have performed throughout Europe & US at many different locations.
Sunday 14th July
Stefan Donner (organ)
Donations taken to be split between musician and church restoration fund.
Carl Czerny (1791 – 1857): Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, op. 607
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856): from Studien für den Pedalflügel, op. 56
1. Nicht zu schnell
2. Mit innigem Ausdruck
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897): Fugue A flat Minor, WoO 8
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847): Sonata B flat Major, op. 65,4
2. Andante religioso
4. Allegro maestoso e vivace
While on a tour, Viennese concert organist Stefan Donner will give an organ recital at Unitarian Church on July 14, 2019 at 1:30pm. The programme will feature works by Carl Czerny, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. On the same day Mr Donner will also perform at Whitefriar Street Church (Whitefriar Street Church 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2) at 8pm.
Sunday 14th July
My Grass Is Blue presents
Sideline in concert
Doors 7pm // Gig 8pm
Tickets €27 from www.mygrassisblue.com
… driving music with crisp instrumentals and tight harmonies. Whether playing bluegrass classics or contemporary tunes destined to become classics, they deliver a great show. – Bluegrass Today
Although having recently celebrated 5 years as the pedigree six-piece bluegrass powerhouse they are, Sideline
founders Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar) and Jason Moore (bass) can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups with multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and decades of national and international touring experience between them – the present celebrated lineup is complemented by the gifted youthful trio of Daniel Greeson (fiddle), Troy Boone (mandolin) & Bailey Coe (guitar).
What started as a side project for seasoned players, hence the name, Sideline has since released 4 critically acclaimed albums combining a well-chosen mix of new material with hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of bluegrass classics. Recorded or live, their pulse-pounding drive, perfect timing, crisp instrumentals, powerful harmonies, and on-stage energy and finesse remind fans why they fell in love with bluegrass in the first place.
Thunder Dan on YouTube
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