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Wednesday 2nd September
Kaleidoscope – Season Launch Gala
Tickets from €13.47 (incl booking fee) from
The popular monthly music and arts evening which for the last 7 years has made its home in the Odessa Club is on the move this year and will launch its new season with a special presentation at the Unitarian Church featuring choir New Dublin Voices, Francesco Turrisi and others.
Friday 18th September
Culture Night 2015
Admission to all events free
The minister and managing committee of Dublin Unitarian Church are very excited to open their doors once again for Culture Night 2015. We will be open all evening (5-11pm) with short free spotlight events on every hour (except 8pm) featuring music, history and a sneaky peek into the work the church is currently undertaking in restoring the 1911 JW Walker pipe organ at the back of the church. The church will be open at all times to wander around and see the church. We invite all to join and say hello at any stage of the evening.
5pm Helena Byrne – Ceol
Kilkenny singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller Helena Byrne will perform a short set of her own songs.
6pm Rory Delany – Windows And Walls
A talk about a selection of the memorial plaques and windows installed in the church since 1863.
7pm David O’Shea, Trevor Crowe, Rónán Murray – A Church With Music
An introduction to the ongoing work of the restoration of our 1911 JW Walker pipe organ. Organ builder Trevor Crowe will talk about his work and O’Shea and Murray will play on the instrument.
9pm Freddy Walsh (guitar)
A short recital of classical guitar pieces.
Ardú is an exciting vocal ensemble based in Dublin. Our singers are from various parts of Ireland and the UK – all of whom have roots in traditional choral singing. Ardú specialise in arranging well-known popular music for four, five and six voices, exploring the use of the voice as an instrument with percussive sounds as well as melody and harmony.
Saturday 26th September
Aiken Promotions presents
The Henry Girls
Tickets €16 (plus booking fee) from www.ticketmaster.ie
The Henry Girls are three sisters from Co. Donegal. Their music is infused with the rich cultural heritage of their native Donegal but with a transatlantic flavour. Over the last number of years they have become one of the finest Irish exponents of folk/roots music.
Their shimmering harmonies and delicate musicianship have been revered since their early days but in the last number of years they have been renowned for their song writing skills also. They have successfully learned to interweave their traditional roots with contemporary elements, earning them both commercial success and spectacular critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
They formed the band in the early noughties but performed mostly in the North West of Ireland at that time but it has been since the release of their highly acclaimed 2011 album December Moon, which was produced by the highly acclaimed Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot) that things have really started to take off internationally. Since then they have toured extensively in Europe and America and also went on to record another album with Malcolm, their 2014 album Louder Than Words.
The print reviews have been strong too, all indicating that finally, their time has come, with fRoots magazine describing their music as ‘full bodied and powerfully dynamic’ while Music News Nashville proclaimed ‘get ready to listen, folks, because this is something special’.
The sisters have toured and collaborated on various other music projects, most notably Mary Black, Imelda May, Clannad, Sharon Shannon, The Hothouse Flowers, Donal Lunny, Altan and Dervish. The Henry Girls are renowned for their captivating, heart-warming and often moving live performances. Those fortunate enough to have seen them ‘live’ on stage will all agree with the sentiments of The Irish Times who simply described the experience as ‘a joy’.
Friday 9th October
More info to follow
Friday 16th October
Turning Pirate presents
Anderson – Patterns
Doors 7.30pm, Show 8pm
Tickets €12 from www.tickets.ie
Formerly of Dublin band The Rags, songwriter Daniel Anderson started recording Patterns after that band’s breakup. With no band-mates, no studio space and no musical resources to speak of he could hear the advice of school guidance counselors still ringing in his ears: “You’ll always have a trade”. Yet rather than giving up on music to return to the manual trades, Daniel decided to lean on his experience working on building sites as an apprentice prior to his career in music in order to realise his musical aspirations. Not only did he self-build a recording studio from scratch, he practically self-built an album: writing, arranging and mixing the entire record alone. The album will be launched in September and Anderson will play gigs in Dublin (this one) and Cork in October.
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
Sunday 18th October
Open House 2015
2 – 5pm
The church will be open for the final afternoon of the popular architectural festival – all are welcome to come in and look around. Short talks on the hour.
Friday 23rd October
More details to follow
Friday 11th December
Truly DiVine & Josh Johnston
Tickets available from the start of November 2015
With Christmas just around the corner, the imaginative musical pairing of singer Truly DiVine and pianist Josh Johnston create a programme based around the sun, moon, stars and other miracles of the universe that will have astronomers’ pulses racing. Follow the stars to hear the delights they have put together.
Saturday 12th December
Diva Voces (choir) in afternoon
REACH Carol Service in evening
More details on both to follow
Saturday 19th December
CWU Brass Band
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