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The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

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The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre Group Of Events …

GIGS IN THE GARDEN

Friday 7th July - Eddi Reader & Band + Dreamers' Circus ~ Gigs In The Garden

Eddi Reader Band Dreamers Circus 300wWith a career spanning over 3 decades, Eddi Reader has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers. Though first brought into the limelight as front woman for Fairground Attraction, who’s #1 single, Perfect and parent album, First of a Million Kisses, both topped the British charts, it was Eddi’s subsequent solo albums that signaled her ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song.

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  • Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary music.

    2016 welcomed the release of her first career spanning compilation entitled, Eddi Reader The Best Of. Featuring material from across Eddi’s prestigious 30 year recording career, the double album includes thirty of her most consistently beautiful, often deeply personal and intimate songs. Declared, “a definitive musical portrait of one of the finest voices this country has produced, whether that be in folk, pop or any other genre” by Folk Radio UK.

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    Driving change in Nordic folk music and in how it is perceived at home and internationally is the young Danish/Swedish trio, Dreamers' Circus. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach they draw inspiration from the deep traditions of Danish and Swedish folk music and reshape them into something bright, shiny and new.

    Using violin, piano and cittern, Dreamers' Circus display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performance. They are focused and disarmingly straightforward in their determination to bring new Nordic music to a wide international audience and with their plans for the next year, they look set to continue to achieve that goal.
    A trio for which folk music is the point of departure, but where genre is neither a driving or a limiting force, Dreamers' Circus are a band that respects the folk music tradition enough to know that it is not a straitjacket. It is this attitude that have brought the band to stages as diverse as Sydney Opera House and Roskilde Festival and five Danish Music Awards for both their albums.
    Dreamers' Circus are: Nikolaj Busk, piano and accordion, Ale Carr on nordic cittern and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen on violin.

    “They’re world class. Now the world needs to hear them.” - SingOut!

    **Please note; this is an outdoor event, standing room only with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.**

    Doors Open: 7:00pm
    Commences At: 7:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €25
    At the door: €28

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/GigsintheGarden/
    Website 2: http://www.eddireader.co.uk
    Website 3: http://www.dreamerscircus.com


Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7.30pm Admission: In advance: €25 At the door: €28

Saturday 8th July - Jack Lukeman & Band + Gavin Glass ~ Gigs In The Garden

Jack L 300wA native of Athy, Co. Kildare, Jack Lukeman left school at 15 and after spending a short period in the family business, began playing music full-time at 18. Cutting his teeth on the bohemian busking scene around Europe in the early 90s, his first vocal performance can be heard on Serious Women's album 38SCR. Lukeman first came to prominence in the summer of 1995 when he and The Black Romantics took up a residency at The Da Club (Dublin Arts Club) selling out night after night. The band's set included interpretations of the famous Belgium Bard Jacques Brel along with several of Jack's own compositions.

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  • The Black Romantics recorded the album Wax in 1995 before splitting in 1997.
    Lukeman established himself as a solo artist and songwriter with his memorable live shows; his breakthrough 1999 Multi-Platinum selling album Metropolis Blue gaining record deals and touring extensively in the USA and Europe.

    Over ten Jack L albums later, he’s fresh from a successful run at the Hollywood Fringe festival (picking up two awards) and a successful UK tour with Jools Holland’s Big Band culminating in a memorable night in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
    Magic Days is his first new studio recording of original material since 2013’s Great Wall of China.

    This pivotal work refines the music that has come before and signals many exciting new directions. Magic Days is Jack L in possibly the finest voice of his career and “confirms that Lukeman is only getting better with age”. – Hotpress

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    Gavin Glass is a often described as a bit of of a renaissance man when it comes to music. He is a singer songwriter, a music producer/director, a multi-instrumentalist and a radio- presenter from Dublin, Ireland. He has released four critically acclaimed solo albums (soon to be five!) and has produced and played on countless Irish records over his twenty year career.
    He has been described by The Irish Times as “ a masterful songwriter” while Hot Press claimed he is one of the finest songwriters Ireland has ever produced. He has toured and recorded alongside a range of Irish artists including Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, Jerry Fish, Cathy Davey and Declan O’Rourke, along with international acts such as Chas & Dave, Clarence Clemons (E- Street Band) and Garth Hudson (The Band).
    He recently completed his role as music director for John Carney’s highly anticipated motion picture “Sing Street”. A Weinstein Company production based on a teenage Dublin band set in the early 1980’s. The movie was a huge commercial success and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

    As a record producer Gavin has produced projects for acts such as Paul Brady, Jerry Fish, Billy Bragg, The Hot Sprockets, The Young Folk, The Eskies, John Grant & Villagers, Declan O’Rourke, The Grand Parade (whom Gavin wrote and produced a number 1# single) Black Bank Folk, Nicole Maguire and Bruce Springsteen’s main man Jake Clemons to name just a few.
    He set up and continues to run the now legendary, Orphan Recording Studios in Dublin and presents “Locals Only" on Radio Nova and is a staunch supporter of independent Irish music.

    **Please note; this is an outdoor event, standing room only with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.**

    Doors Open: 7:00pm
    Commences At: 7:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €25
    At the door: €28

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/GigsintheGarden/
    Website 2: http://www.jacklukeman.com
    Website 3: https://www.facebook.com/gavin.a.glass

     

Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7.30pm Admission: In advance: €25 At the door €28

Sunday 9th July - Family BBQ with Live Music by Shauna & Amy ~ Gigs In The Garden

Shauna Amy 300wCelebrate Summer at our family BBQ in The Piper’s Garden.
Live music from 2:30pm features Shauna & Amy.
Singing together for the past five years, Shauna & Amy met in college through their love of music. Performing locally and also singing at wedding ceremonies and parties, opportunity knocked recently when they won a radio competition and went on to perform live on stage with Kodaline.
Please note; this is an outdoor event with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Charge applies for BBQ food.
Doors Open: 1.30pm Commences At: 2pm Admission: At the door: FREE*

Friday 11th August - Ulaid & Duke Special + Viper Central ~ Gigs In The Garden

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When contemporary songwriting and traditional music meet, the results can be something to be treasured. Such is the case with the collaboration between folk supergroup, Ulaid (John McSherry, Dónal O’Connor and Seán Óg Graham) and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Duke Special. The project draws on Duke Special's songwriting skills, from pre-rock'n'roll to modern acoustic pop. He injects drama and theatricality, bringing storytelling to the fore with meditative twists and turns amid the melodic architecture. Ulaid's mixture of skills in arrangement, interpretation, composition and performance lend a peculiarly folk-but-modern, urban-but-pastoral air to the whole.

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  • For a collaboration that may have seemed unlikely in theory, proves itself thoroughly in practice; when heard, it somehow seems inevitable.

    John McSherry (uilleann pipes) and Dónal O’Connor (fiddle) are the creative force behind the highly innovative traditional band At First Light. They have toured the world extensively and produced some of the most influential albums in Irish music today. Seán Óg Graham (guitar) is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest accompanists and he tours and records with the successful and dynamic group Beoga. All three are currently living in County Antrim in the North East of Ireland, and having spent many late nights in each other’s company on the Belfast session scene, it was inevitable that they would come together to record at some stage.

    A piano-based singer-songwriter and purveyor what he calls "hobo chic", Duke Special has become a keystone in the arts culture of Belfast and beyond since his album Adventures in Gramophone blazed a critically acclaimed and commercially successful trail that he has pursued with vigour and invention ever since. Musically curious, experimental and restless, his output has covered diverse inspirational sources from vaudeville to orchestral art music, classic American singer-songwriters to local legends (Ruby Murray, for example), and taking in dramatic composition and collaboration with Clannad along the way.

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    Viper Central can rip it up bluegrass style with sweet n' crunchy harmonies and tight melodic breaks that'll make your heart soar, your feet shuffle and your blood curdle! Canadian roots and the traditions of American Bluegrass, Métis, Country, Rockabilly and Old-time have influenced their ever evolving style. The songs reflect Canadian landscape and experiences and the result is entirely natural, effortless and delightfully original.

    Please note; this is an outdoor event, standing room only with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Doors Open: 7:00pm
    Commences At: 7:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €25
    At the door: €28

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/GigsintheGarden/
    Website 2: http://www.ulaidmusic.com
    Website 3: http://www.dukespecial.com
    Website 4: http://www.vipercentral.ca

     

Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7.30pm Admission: In advance: €25 At the door: €28

Saturday 12th August - Donovan + The Whileaways ~ Gigs In The Garden

Donovan 300wDonovan Leitch is widely regarded as one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists working today. At his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 it was stated, “Donovan singlehandedly initiated the Pysychedelic Revolution with Sunshine Superman”. This masterwork album he created late 1965 at 19 years of age; influencing (his friends) The Beatles on their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album and leading the way for many other artists.

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  • It is now history that Donovan became the tutor of The Beatles on the famous trip to India, where he taught John, Paul and George the finger style guitar and many of his unique chord patterns that would create many of the best songs and styles of The White Album. Most notable Dear Prudence, Julia (which John asked Donovan to help him write), Blackbird, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and many others on The White Album. Donovan encouraged and nurtured George Harrisons songwriting. George in The Beatles Anthology said, “Donovan is all over The White Album”.

    As highly influential and successful as Sunshine Superman album was, Donovan had already scored 4 Top Twenty singles, EP’s and two albums in his so-called “Folk Period” of early 1965. Donovan received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award for his very first song Catch The Wind at 18 years young.

    Donovan in his songs of innocence, has been compared to Blake, his metaphysical songs to Donne and Herbert, his Celtic songs to Yeats, his children’s songs to Stevenson, his Nonesense songs to Carroll and Lear, his Yoga songs to the Vedic Hymns, his Jazz Classical compositions to Ellington and Lewis, his poetic public appeal to Auden. He also is attributed with writing the first ‘Green Songs’ highlighting the threat to the Ecosystem of our Planet Earth.

    It is clear there is no such composer or artist like Donovan.

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    Three powerful forces in Irish roots music in their own right; Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. All three write and sing, drawing on their own experience, and the result is captivating. 
    The band came to know each other’s singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the folk melting pot of Galway city. Their recent highly acclaimed album Saltwater Kisses received four stars in The Irish Times and RTE Radio 1 Album of the week. 
    Prepare to be spellbound.

    Please note; this is an outdoor event, standing room only with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Doors Open: 7:00pm
    Commences At: 7:30pm

    Admission:
    In advance: €27.50
    At the door: €30

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/GigsintheGarden/
    Website 2: https://donovan.ie
    Website 3: https://www.thewhileawaysmusic.com

Doors Open: 7pm Commences At: 7.30pm Admission: In advance: 27.50 At the door: €30

Sunday 13th August - Family BBQ With Live Country Music ~ Gigs In The Garden

Summer Sessions Seamus Ennis Arts CentreCelebrate Summer at our Country themed family BBQ in The Piper’s Garden.
Live music from 2:30pm features a lively set of country classics. There might even be some dancing!
Please note; this is an outdoor event with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Charge applies for BBQ food.
Doors Open: 1.30pm Commences At: 2pm Admission: At the door: FREE*

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