Events

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Friday 19th October
Havest Unplugged
A Tribute To Neil Young
Doors 8pm
Tickets €20 from www.tickets.ie

An evening of all the usual acoustic classics (“Heart Of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest Moon”, “Helpless, “Sugar Mountain” etc) as well as re-interpretations of some powerful rockers (“Powderfinger”, “Ohio”, “Southern Man” and “Rockin’ In The Free World”)

Friday 2nd November
Born Optimistic presents
Leonard’s Corner
Doors 7.30pm
Tickets €15 from www.bornoptimistic.com

Immerse yourself in the glow of Leonard Cohen’s greatest songs performed by some of Dublin’s Dublin’s greatest musicians.

Leonard’s Corner are:
Tarny Reilly (voice)
Cliff Rosney (piano)
David Byrne (banjo)
Ronan Conroy (bass)
Deirdre Murphy (voice)
Rita Garland (voice/guitar)
Rebecca Reilly (voice/guitar)
Mark Matthew (voice/guitar)

Facebook event here

Saturday 1st December
Aiken Promotions presents
Ed Harcourt
Doors 8pm
Tickets €22 from www.ticketmaster.ie

A much acclaimed recording artist who released his Mercury Prize nominated debut, Here Be Monsters on Heavenly Records in 2001, in recent years his has gained acclaim for his songwriting for a variety of artists.

The album, which follows Furnaces, his 2016 album for Polydor, sees Ed Harcourt add another new string to his multi-faceted musical bow. Something of
a left-turn after its busy, big-screen, somewhat under-appreciated predecessor, it sees the supremely versatile singer, writer and all-round instrumentalist bravely eschew vocals and lyrics and create a soft-spoken yet emotionally loquacious group of piano-led instrumentals, as if sound-tracking an as yet invisible film, or responding to today’s ferocious shouting match of a planet with a mesmerizing, meditative calm. “The world that we live in, we’re exhausted by the internet, social media, the sheer barrage of news and vomit being rained down us on a daily basis. You can’t avoid it, and it’s tiring. So this record came from taking a step back – it’s something that’s trying to be beautiful. My hope is that people might choose to swim amongst this music when it all gets too much.”

Talking about the gestation of the album, which was written and recorded at his ‘Wolf Cabin’ studio in Oxfordshire Harcourt said, “I knew I wanted to buy a new piano. Eventually I found this 1910 Hopkinson Baby Grand, which is exactly the same make and era as my grandmother’s piano which I started learning on and wrote my first three records on. I felt at home again. I needed a break from singing and lyrics so I began writing instrumental music. I grew up listening to and playing Debussy, Satie, Mozart, Grieg, as well as modern composers like Max Richter, Philip Glass, Arvo Part. I also loved Warren Ellis (with whom Harcourt worked on the new Marianne Faithfull album) and Nick Cave’s score for The Assassination Of Jesse James…
“So from around February I’d get up on the cold mornings, have a coffee after the kids had gone to school, then come in here, shut the door, just play…with the snow coming down outside the window. When I found something I thought worked, I’d play it over and over again…”
With the piano accompanied on occasion by Ed’s wife Gita Langley’s violin and Amy Langley’s cello yet in some phases as minimal as Furnaces was maximal, the album carries you through deceptively calm waters while nonetheless stirring up your stormiest inner passions. Reflective, but never passive it’s a quiet storm and a curveball which will gently woo you rather than boisterously bundle you over.

“It’s not contrived, this. It’s come from the heart. I feel like someone might enjoy it on headphones while walking around an unfamiliar city for the first time.” It’s a foreign affair, but only if you’ve never noticed the depth and diversity that’s always infused Ed Harcourt’s music.

www.edharcourt.com

Sunday 9th December
Orphée by Jóhann Jóhannsson
performed by Glasshouse
8pm
Tickets €19 (€16 concession) from here

This year saw the tragic passing of the visionary Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. We are honoured to receive his team’s blessing to present a concert in his memory. The event will consist of a new arrangement of his incredible 2016 album Orphée followed by original pieces by five Irish composers responding to his life and work.

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