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Saturday 25th April
Postponed to Saturday 17th October – all tickets for 25/4/15 remain valid
Thursday 7th May
Turning Pirate present
A Very Round Robin
Declan O’Rourke / Roesy / The Young Folk
Tickets €22 from www.entertainment.ie
A three-way bill where all acts are on stage at the same time and trade songs one after the other, this promises to be a very special performance and a rare chance to catch Unitarian Church favourite Roesy on a return trip to Ireland from his adopted home of Australia.
Friday 8th May
Aiken Promotions presents
Tickets €16 from www.ticketmaster.ie
“If there’s any justice under the moon and the stars the Lost Brothers will come through!”
– Mike Scott (The Waterboys)
The Lost Brothers 4th album, New Songs Of Dawn and Dust, is the start of something new for the Irish duo. Their previous release, 2012’s “The Passing Of The Night”, was the closing chapter in a trilogy of records that started with their debut album “Trails of the Lonely” in 2008.
Since forming in Liverpool in 2007 the songwriting duo has chosen to collaborate with other artists on each album, recording in Portland with Mike Coykendall and Adam Selzer, in Sheffield with Richard Hawley’s band and in Nashville with Brendan Benson and members of Old Crow Medicine Show and The Cardinals, respectively. So it’s somehow fitting the band have returned to Liverpool, to record the first of a new trilogy with Bill Ryder-Jones, solo artist and former guitarist of local heroes The Coral, at the production helm.
Recording was scheduled to begin when Ryder-Jones returned from touring as guest guitarist with the Arctic Monkeys. “Everyone was busy so we waited til the stars aligned and then went for it! We felt like we had a dream team of pals to make the album we really wanted.” explains Oisin. “We flew in from appearing on Russian national TV in Moscow straight into the studio to record the record”.
From the 30 songs written on the road, 15 were selected for the studio, recording 12 and 9 appearing on the album with three instrumentals. All recorded and mixed in 7 days at Parr Street Studios.
. . . . . . . more at www.aikenpromotions.ie
Saturday 9th May
Tunes In The Church present
Doors 7.30pm / Show 8pm sharp
Tickets available from www.tunesinthechurch.com\
Liam Ó Maonlaí and his all-star band are undertaking their first national tour in May! 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. Ré recorded their debut album live as part of the Tunes in the Church series last July and in collaboration with the award winning Tunes in the Church concert series, Ré will perform 17 consecutive nights in church venues throughout the country.
Sunday 10th May 2015
** SOLD OUT **
Aiken Promotions presents
TOBIAS JESSO JR.
Tickets €16 from www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday 23rd January
“Meet the new king of heartbreaking melody. When LA-based Tobias first uploaded his demo track ‘Just A Dream’ in August 2013, we hailed it as coming from the same school as Harry Nilsson, John Lennon and Elton John. Tender, heartfelt and true, it’s safe to say that his forthcoming debut album, ‘Goon’ will become one of the year’s most acclaimed.” – NME – 50 Brand New Artists Set To Storm 2015
Hotly-tipped Vancouver singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr makes his debut Irish performance at the Dublin Unitarian Church. His debut album ‘Goon’ was recorded over the last two years and features production from Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira). Pitchfork recently gave album highlight “Hollywood” Best New Track, calling it “the film negative to Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’.”
“Beautifully applied retro-pop vibes with some evocative piano lines to get close to.” – Jim Carroll
In the middle of 2012, Tobias Jesso Jr. bottomed out. Hard. Reeling from a recent breakup, the Vancouver native was riding his bike through Los Angeles, where he had tried—and failed—to make it as a behind-the-scenes songwriter for a few years, when a Cadillac blindsided him, sending him flying, his hand smashing down on the car’s hood ornament. As the driver sped off, Jesso looked down to see a gnarly gash and lots of blood… and then looked up to see a man pedaling away with his bicycle. “He literally waved to me as he was leaving,” says Jesso over Skype, still in disbelief—he holds up his palm to reveal an emergency-room scar in the shape of a “J.” The next day, as he wondered whether his hand would ever work quite as well as it did before, he found out his mother had cancer. That was it. He moved back into his old bedroom in North Vancouver, utterly lost and dejected, feeling like a failure.
With all of his musical equipment in storage back in L.A., he turned to his sister’s abandoned piano, an instrument he had never really played in a serious way. Though Jesso’s experiences with music up until that point—including stints as the bassist for mid-2000s Killers Lite bandthe Sessions as well as for Avril Lavigne Lite wannabe pop star Melissa Cavatti, and fruitless attempts to write pop songs for other artists—were marked by a youthful desire for success, when he started putting chords and lyrics together at that piano, things were different.
“I felt like I couldn’t play music for success anymore because I didn’t succeed,” he says now. “It was a good feeling.” After a few days back home, he woke up from a dream, sat down, and wrote “Just a Dream”, a disarming lullaby about a father’s words to his one-day-old child in the face of an impending apocalypse. He had never felt comfortable with his own casually imperfect singing voice before, but he recorded a hissy demo of the track and posted it to YouTube. “That was the first song I ever wrote where I was like, ‘This is for me, and I’m singing it—take it or leave it,’” he says. “And I got a good response from it.”
A week later, Jesso sent a Hail Mary email to bassist and producer Chet “JR” White, whose band Girls had just broken up, with some kind words and links to his demos. Just a few hours later, White wrote back, which led to a phone call, which—following Jesso’s mother’s recovery—led to recording sessions in San Francisco, and a deal with True Panther Records. “As soon as I walked away, the doors I’d been trying to open the entire time unhinged, and everyone said, ‘This is all right,’” the 29-year-old marvels, flashing a broad, genuine smile outside of his manager’s house in the Hollywood Hills on a recent sunny afternoon.
His forthcoming album Goon, due out next year, features production from White, along withthe Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, the New Pornographers’ John Collins, and studio guru of the moment Ariel Rechtshaid. It also boasts Jesso’s wonderfully plainspoken songs of heartbreak and apprehension, which bring to mind a less snarky Randy Newman or Harry Nilsson, or a more hopeful Nick Drake. On the classic-sounding “Hollywood”, he tells an autobiographical tale about going through the showbiz wringer. “I think I’m gonna die in Hollywood,” he sings near the end of the song, before unexpected horns swell up, suggesting an unlikely afterlife.” – Pitchfork
Friday 15th May 2015
Dublin Unitarian Church presents
Spring Journey 2015
Advance (via Paypal): €10 – click here
On The Night: €12
Writing songs in the English and Irish language, Enda is a much admired musician, singer and songwriter based in Dublin. Working as a solo artist, he has reocrded two albums (the second exclusively in Irish) but he is also associated with many groups and collectives such as the Lazy Band, Urchin Collective, Gospel Project and oftens performs with poet Stephen James Smith with whom he recorded the 2010 CD Arise And Go.
Friday 22nd May
Show at 8pm sharp
Tickets €10 (€8 concession) from www.tickets.ie
The original lineup of Factor One reunite to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their legendary performance at Genfest ’85.
Saturday 23rd May
Freddy Walsh – guitar
Tickets €5 available at the door
Performing pieces by composers old and new, Freddy will be detailing the stories behind the pieces and their composers, combining past and present to make for a memorable performance. Freddy has studied with revered classical guitarist Michael O’Toole and is currently completing a Masters in Performance and Musicology in Maynooth University.
Sunday 24th May
Norah King (mezzo soprano)
Concert at 7.30 pm
Tickets €15 (available at the door)
Gyorgy Ligeti- Six Bagatelles
Luciano Berio- Folk Songs
Johannes Brahms String Sextet No. 1 op. 18 in B flat Major
THE FICINO ENSEMBLE are:
Elaine Clarke, Sebastian Liebig (violin),
Nathan Sherman, Feargal Ó’Dornáin (viola)
Yue Tang, Eoin Quinlan (cello),
Sinead Farrell (flute),
Macdara Ó’ Seireadáin (clarinet),
Mathew Manning (oboe),
John Hearne (bassoon),
Cuan Ó’ Seireadáin (French horn),
Geraldine O’Doherty (harp),
Chris Stynes, Caitriona Frost (percussion)
The Ficino Ensemble present an exciting programme of Ligeti’s fabulously quirky wind quintet, Berio’s beautiful arrangements of folk songs sung by the renowned soprano Norah King, and Brahms’s melodious String Sextet No. 1. The group was formed in 2012 as a string trio, and has since expanded into a flexible chamber music group that performs great music for small ensembles. Members of the Ficino Ensemble are recognized in Ireland and abroad as soloists and chamber musicians. Their concerts have been described as exciting and intimate with a high calibre of ensemble playing. The group’s aim is to perform works that appeal to a discerning audience whilst championing lesser known works that deserve to be appreciated.
Saturday 17th October
Tickets €15 from www.tickets.ie
** This is a rescheduled show. All tickets marked 25th April 2015 will be considered valid and accepted at the door **
‘Quietly gorgeous stuff.’ – Irish Independent
‘..graceful, stately songwriting and smart, subtle soundscapes’ – Irish Times
‘tracks such as The Hungry Grass and The Magpie Song tremble with beauty and grace,
the music howling softly like a gale sweeping in from the foggy reaches of the Connemara foothills’ – Sunday Times Culture
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