Legendary Grammy Award Winning Artist  Judy Collins for Triskel Christchurch, Cork
Dec18

Legendary Grammy Award Winning Artist Judy Collins for Triskel Christchurch, Cork

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The Grammy award winning artist is set to appear in Triskel Christchurch Wednesday 24th January.   The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns”, a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music, won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums.   Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the albumBorn to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins. Judy began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy dazzling audiences performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos”, but the hardluck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a life as a concert pianist. Her path pointed to a lifelong love affair with the guitar and pursuit of emotional truth in lyrics. The focus and regimented practice of classical music, however, would be a source of strength to her inner core as she navigated the highs and lows of the music business.   In 1961, she released her masterful debut, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, which featured interpretative works of social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Paxton. This began a wonderfully fertile thirty-five year creative relationship with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. Around this time Judy became a tastemaker within the thriving Greenwich Village folk community, and brought other singer-songwriters to a wider audience, including poet/musician Leonard Cohen and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and up to the present, she has remained a vital artist, enriching her catalog with critically acclaimed albums while balancing a robust touring schedule.   On September 18, 2015, Judy will release her first studio album in four years, Strangers...

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Doors Alive for Cork show
Dec12

Doors Alive for Cork show

The Doors Alive are widely regarded as the closest and most enthralling representation of the legendary 1960’s rock gods The Doors in the world today. The band re-create the sound, look, presence and magic of a real 1960’s Doors concert, perfectly and effortlessly transporting the crowd back in time with classic hits such as ‘Light My Fire’, ‘When The Music’s Over, Riders On The Storm, The End and many more. Doors Alive play AMP, Hanover Street, Cork on Saturday, Decembers 16. Mike Griffioen captures the look, attitude, and rich baritone voice of the late, great Jim Morrison with ease while his compadres showcase the musical chops of original Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore with finesse and skill. To achieve that authentic Sixties sound, the band use the very same instruments that members of the Doors originally used. These include a vintage Fender Rhodes Bass keyboard, a vintage Gibson keyboard and a vintage Gibson S.G guitar. They have left awestruck audiences all over the world and repeatedly sold out some of the most respected venues in the business . “Truly AMAZING… They capture the true spirit of The Doors” – Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1 “The best tribute band I have EVER seen” – Clint Boon, XFM “The Doors Alive is the best Doors “tribute” band that I’ve seen…Sometimes they sound more like the Doors than the Doors” – Doug Cameron – Assistant Road Manager to The Doors 1968/69. www.thedoorsalive.co.uk Doors Alive play Amp, Cork, December 16 tickets €20 including booking fee from...

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Wild Front play Cork date
Nov16

Wild Front play Cork date

Organically formed, UK South Coast Band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed, as the 4 had been musically working together for years. Although 80’s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different. Jack offers his love of folk and Josh studied classical music at university, whereas Mike and Joe’s musical repertoire ranges from West Coast hip hop to indie folk. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique and distinctive sound. Wild Front have just released their self-titled debut EP, and are in the studio constantly writing and recording new material. Wild Front play Fred Zeppelin’s November 30 Tickets €12 inc booking fee from Tickets.ie Over 18s – Id...

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Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly’s “Enemy Of”
Oct24

Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly’s “Enemy Of”

Marc O’Reilly does not sit on his laurels. With several critically acclaimed side projects to his name the Waterford native is releasing new material with a new album in the works. Blending blues and folk with something a little bit sonic and bit magical. Marc has just released “Enemy Of”. The track is now available worldwide and is taken from Marc’s forthcoming new album ‘L’etre Politique’ which is scheduled for release in Feb 2018. Marc will be promoting the release of ‘Enemy Of’ with a full band show at Whelans in Dublin on Thurs 26th...

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In Tua Nua head on tour
Oct10

In Tua Nua head on tour

It was 30 years ago this year that ‘In Tua Nua’ supported U2 on the European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. They are now setting out on their first Irish Tour since 1988. The band toured extensively throughout Europe and the US during the 1980’s promoting their albums “Vaudeville” and “The Long Acre”. During the 80s In Tua Nua had 9 top 20 singles here in Ireland. One of Ireland’s premier live acts, they shared stages with Bob Dylan (Slane), Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics to name but a few while also opening on stadium tours for Simple Minds and of course U2. In Tua Nua reformed for some gigs in 2004 and then again in 2012 when they played The Electric Picnic. What have they been up to? Lead singer ‘Leslie Dowdall’ released two solo albums and had a smash hit with her song ‘Wonderful Thing’. Leslie tours Ireland constantly with wing man Mike Hanrahan and plays regularly in Spain also. Singer/drummer ‘Paul Byrne’ who wrote the majority of ITN songs released his critically acclaimed solo album ‘Cruel & Tender Ways’ in 2014. Also is a member of The Drays and The Guilty Party. Bassist ‘Jack Dublin’ formed the studio project Audiokiss. Their album was successful in Italy while recent single ‘I Don’t Wanna Say’ featuring Megan Burke charted in the US digital charts. Paul and Jack first played together in Deaf Actor in 1980 before forming In Tua Nua in 1983. They have since been banging out beats for Rocky de Valera and The Gravediggers, The Guilty Party and Shane McGowan and The Shane Gang making them one of Ireland’s longest running rhythm sections. The new line up includes Rosie MacKenzie, a talented young fiddle player from Canada based in Dingle, Sarge O’Hara ex The Mod Ls on Keys, Dave McGinley ex Eugene/Precious Stones on Guitar, and Leo Rickard and Martin Nolan will share the uilleann pipe role (at different gigs). In 2012 Leslie, Paul and Jack went into the studio and re-recorded a version of ‘All I Wanted’. Their most successful single from the 80s, it had reached number 69 in the UK charts and became a college radio hit across the US. Other notable singles were ‘Seven Into The Sea’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Coming Thru’ and ‘Don’t Fear Me Now’. Also, in 2012 Virgin/EMI released the albums ‘Vaudaville’ and ‘The Long Acre’ on iTunes and Spotify. Tour Dates Theatre Royal, Waterford, Tues Nov 21st Boyle of Slane, Thurs Nov 30th The Milford Room, Carlow, Sat Dec 2nd Mullingar Arts Centre, Sat Jan 5th Irish Tour 2017: Sept 30th @whelanslive Oct 1st @SpiritStore...

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Raine to launch debut EP in UCC
Oct05

Raine to launch debut EP in UCC

“Raine” is the latest creative project from Cork artist and songwriter Lorraine Hogan, who will premiere her 4 track EP at this exclusive listening event including an exclusive first look at the accompanying film project in the stunning surrounds of the Aula Maxima at University College Cork on Wednesday October 11. The Cork songwriter will be accompanied by her band on the stage of the Aula Maxima with Sam Barker on guitar and Stephen O’Brien on drums in a performance that will see them juxtapose a live instrumental performance with electronic production elements that is sure to be an exciting and dynamic exhibition as they endeavour to bring to life this new creative enterprise from Raine. Joining Raine on cello on the night is Christopher Marwood, a former member of the internationally renowned Vanbrugh Quartet and lecturer at CIT School of Music and The Royal Irish Academy of Music. The four tracks from the self-titled debut EP Raine journey through the songwriter’s life as an artist, as well as exploring themes of sensuality, tragedy and loss. “Wake Up” follows the aftermath after a personal friend fell into a coma and Raine’s attempt to process this. The ethereal “Breathe Me In” is a tale of falling in lust while “Honey Babe” breaks free from a toxic relationship while rediscovering her inner strength. Closing out The xx and London Grammar inspired Extended Play is “Burnt”, a track that is unapologetically gritty and sexual. This debut EP was recorded, produced and mixed at Monique studio with Christian Best and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty. Raine will also premiere a first look at a video project to accompany the single “Breathe Me In”. The video is a collaboration between Raine’s vision of the single and the cinematic eye of the Cork Film Centre and will be projected in the grand hall of the Aula Maxima on the evening. There will be a special guest as MC on the night yet be to revealed. Admission is free to this exclusive premiere event and is sponsored by Goldbergs Bar and The Leaping Salmon Bar...

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