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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
ARCoPu (Puglia Regional Association of Choirs presents
Sounds of Puglia
Coro Giovanile Pugliese – Puglia Youth Choir
Luigi Leo, conductor
Tickets €19.50 from www.tickets.ie
Traditional and modern choral music from the Puglia region of Italy.
Friday 14th October
The Lazy Band – In My Garden
Ticketing details tbc
The Lazy Band meet once a month in Arthurs on Thomas Street and play music for themselves and for their audience – a mix of trad, roots, folk, country, jazz, poetry and world music, their music are from all those musical backgrounds and more and delight in sharing in good music and good company. Launching an album eight years in the making, the band are proud to present In My Garden, an album of traditional tunes, original compositions and covers that represent perfectly the mixed bag of musical joy they present at their monthly sessions.
Saturday 15th October
Katie Kim – Salt (Album Launch Gig)
Doors 7.30pm / Gig 8pm
Tickets €15 from www.eventbrite.ie
Katie Kim is the pseudonym of Waterford singer Katie Sullivan, who performs slowcore, ethereal, ambient folk/pop. Katie has been putting the finishing touches to her third full length album entitled “Salt” and is excited to announce a release date of the 14/10/16 with pre-orders now live here.
Salt was recorded in a self-built recording and artist space in Dublin called Guerrilla Studios which has become an integral part of the Independent Irish music scene. Guerrilla has hosted live performance video collective the Practice Tapes as well as being the studio where releases by The Jimmy Cake, Hilary Woods and much more have been recorded.
Salt is a departure from Katie’s previous albums and delves further into the drone side of previous releases with textured production added by producer John “Spud” Murphy, who is central to the album’s sonic feel. Salt comes four years after Katie’s previous album the critically acclaimed Cover and Flood and it shows an evolution musically. Since Cover and Flood Katie has toured the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium playing mostly sold out venues.
Saturday 22nd October
The Loafing Heroes – The Baron In The Trees (Album Launch)
Tickets €16.55 from www.eventbrite.ie
Defying precise categorisation, The Loafing Heroes offer a cosmopolitan blend of folk, poetry, world music and pop, a tapestry of lush harmonies and contemplative lyrics that has been described in a review by Altamont Music Magazine as “beautiful without being afraid of being beautiful”. They have just released their fifth and most complete record The Baron in the Trees which draws on influences as eclectic as the members themselves, with haunting ballads giving way to smoky jazz numbers and then to dreamy folk song—tales of loss and rediscovery, of isolation and transformation. Their previous albums (Crossing the Threshold, Planets, Chula and Unterwegs) are a product of their years in Lisbon and Berlin.
Dylan Tighe released his second album ‘Wabi-Sabi Soul’ in April. This one-track mix of 13 songs was described by the Irish Times as “framing reflective music with remarkable eloquence” with RTÉ praising Dylan as “one of the most fascinating and inventive voices in the Irish underground”. ‘Wabi-Sabi Soul’ follows Dylan’s 2014 debut release ‘Record’ which was described by the Irish Times as “a deeply personal and deeply moving piece of work” and prompted the Sunday Times to declare Dylan “an exquisite songwriter”. Live performances have seen Dylan support Congolese legends Staff Benda Bilili at the Liverpool Philharmonic, along with gigs in Serbia, Spain, the UK, Czech Republic and New York.
Watch the Loafing Heroes on Youtube
Watch Dylan Tighe on Youtube
The Loafing Heroes on Bandcamp
Dylan Tighe on Bandcamp
Friday 28th October
The Pictures presents
Edward Scissorhands, a Tim Burton film
Tickets €13.50 from www.eventbrite.ie
A scientist (Vincent Price) builds an animated human being – the gentle Edward (Johnny Depp). The scientist dies before he can finish assembling Edward, though, leaving the young man with a freakish appearance accentuated by the scissor blades he has instead of hands. Loving suburban saleswoman Peg (Dianne Wiest) discovers Edward and takes him home, where he falls for Peg’s teen daughter (Winona Ryder). However, despite his kindness and artistic talent, Edward’s hands make him an outcast.
Tim Burton’s 1990 allegorical fantasy will be shown using a 8k projector and a really big screen.
Saturday 29th October
Harmonyworks Trust presents
Music For Inner Peace
7pm (show) Doors 6.45pm
Admission Free – All welcome
A journey into the beauty, power and vastness of Sri Chinmoy’s musical compositions. Experience the resonance of mantric music, arranged with Eastern and Western instruments. A concert that will lift you heart, mind and soul performed by the music group Agnikana with members from Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland. The group play a wide range of instruments including the Indian harmonium, guitar, concert and wooden flutes, santur and glockenspiel. Their music is soulful and ethereal blending angelic voices with acoustic instrumental arrangements of Chimnoy’s music to sublime effect.
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
Friday 25th November
Pierce Turner – Love Can’t Always Be Articulate
Tickets €25 from www.tickets.ie
Following a successful initial outing at the Unitarian earlier this year, Wexford singer-songwriter Pierce Turner returns with his ensemble to recreate the Love Can’t Always Be Articulate album in Dublin. One audience member described the first outing as “Phil Spector meets acoustic Rolling Stones”. Expect fireworks.
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.
Sunday 18th December
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim
Doors open 2.30pm
Tickets will be available from www.tickets.ie in due course.
‘At Swim’, Lisa’s third -and arguably most bewitching- album, has received universal critical acclaim since its release last month. Produced by Aaron Dessner, the record follows the double-platinum, Mercury and Choice Music Prize -nominated debut “Sea Sew”, and 2011’s “Passenger” which charted #1 and earned Lisa a second Choice Music Prize nomination.
After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, Lisa Hannigan struggled at first to write new material for ‘At Swim’. A new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London: adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, soundtrack work on ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast (which saw Lisa turn interviewer, and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan and David Arnold).
The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So while ‘At Swim’ is in part about homesickness and isolation, it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.
This concert is a family-friendly event. Children under 18 welcome where accompanied by adults.
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