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Kate O’Callaghan (Ire)

Saturday 1st October, 8.00pm

The Girl With The Beret – Songs from a Witness Statement

A performance of new original compositions by Irish singer/songwriter Kate O’Callaghan, in collaboration with the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble and musicians Seamus Devenny, Tim Jarvis, Declan Mc Clafferty, Martin Smyth, Kevin Murphy and Paul Devenny.
Inspired by the details in a Bureau of Military History Witness Statement, recorded by Kate’s great-grand aunt Catherine Rooney (neé Byrne), it weaves the story of a young girl involved in the events of the 1916 Rising in Dublin.

Catherine Rooney (Byrne) was a member of Cumann na mBan and the first woman to enter the GPO in Dublin on Easter Monday 1916. She recounts, in detail, her involvement in the Rising and later with the resurgence movement in the years that followed. During the week of the Rebellion she directly tended to the wounded men in the GPO and delivered dispatches to and from the various outposts. She describes running under gunfire, a near-fatal miss with a bullet (that leaves two holes in her beret) and risky encounters with British soldiers.
Catherine was the eldest girl in a large family of 12 children and lived at No.17 North Richmond St. in Dublin. Both her mother and father and several of her siblings played active roles in the Rising and in the years that followed. During this time their home was used as a safe house and arms dump, where secret meetings would regularly take place.

The show presents a collaborative fusion of alternative folk, popular ballad and classical strings. Through song and spoken word it gives a unique insight into the perspective of an ordinary girl living in 1916 and what it meant, as a female, to be involved in the Rebellion.

Kate O’Callaghan is a Donegal based singer/songwriter who combines evocative melodies with intelligent considered lyrics. To date she has recorded & released an EP, debut Album, received National & International Radio Play and toured in Ireland, UK and the US. On Easter Monday 2016 Kate was invited to take part in RTÉ’s ‘Reflecting the Rising’. She performed a sell-out concert in the Four Courts, Dublin and featured in a live broadcast show – ‘A Centenary Special’ presented by Keelin Shanley at the Royal Irish College of Surgeons, which focused on women in 1916 and the women of the Rising.

Kate has spent the past 6 months recording The Girl With The Beret album which is due for release this October 2016. CD’s will be available to purchase at the event.

For more details please visit www.kateocallaghan.com

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Date: Saturday 1st October
Time: 8.00pm



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Dick Gaughan (Sco)

Friday 23rd September – Cancelled

Regretfully we have been informed that Dick Gaughan has had to cancel his Irish Tour due to ill health. We wish Dick a very speedy recovery. Full refunds are available from An Grianán Theatre Box Office. 0749120777




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Nathalia Milstein (Fra)

Wednesday 19th October, 8.00pm

This tour sees the return to Ireland of the young French pianist Nathalia Milstein, who swept to victory in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition with what one critic described as an “electrifying” performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. While possessing a phenomenal technique, Nathalia has also been lauded for her wonderfully expressive, heartfelt playing and has quickly developed a reputation as an outstanding chamber musician in addition to her solo performances.

Nathalia gave two recitals as part of the 2015/2016 Steinway Celebration Series which finishes on June 6th, and recently gave her début recital at Carnegie Hall. She has also performed for French television and Dutch radio and won prizes at numerous competitions, including 1st Prize at the “Flame“ Youth Competition in Paris and 1st Prize in the Manchester International Concerto Competition For Young Pianists. Heavily influenced by the Russian pianistic school, her repertoire features many works by Romantic and early 20th-century composer.

Programme:

Johann Sebastian Bach Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in B-flat major, K.281
Béla Bartók Suite “Out of Doors” Sz.81
Franz Liszt Sonneto 104 del Petrarca
Gráinne Mulvey “Interference Patterns”
Maurice Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin

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Date: Wednesday 19th October
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Furnace Mountain (USA)

Friday 21st October, 8.00pm

Straight from the Appalachian mountains, Virginian act Furnace Mountain unleash their own distinctive take on rootsy Americana, breathing new life into old-time, bluegrass and folk tunes.

One of the fast-rising stars of the American roots scene, Furnace Mountain have true Appalachian soil caked onto their boots. With a repertoire largely drawn from the old-time, bluegrass and folk ballad tradition, the quartet’s members all grew up on or near the mountain in Virginia bearing the same name as the group.

At times lively and raucous, at times poignant and poetic, Furnace Mountain have won critical acclaim for their fresh, authentic sound, which combines the heart-worn and effortlessly sweet vocal harmonies of Aimee Curl and Morgan Morrison with fiddle playing that evokes everything from keening bagpipes to lonesome train whistles – with some dazzling mandolin chops thrown in for good measure. The band have performed at folk and bluegrass festivals across the globe, gracing stages from the Yangtze River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where they are the host band of the world famous Watermelon Park Festival each year.

Aimee Curl (bass, vocals)
Danny Knicely (mandolin, vocals, fiddle)
Dave Van Deventer (fiddle, vocals)
Morgan Morrison (bouzouki, vocals)

http://www.furnacemountain.com/

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Date: Friday 21st October
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Hot Club of Cowtown (USA)

Wednesday 26th October, 8.00pm

Music Network presents Hot Club of Cowtown (USA)

Elana James, fiddle, vocals Whit Smith, guitar, vocals Jake Erwin, bass, vocals

For two decades Hot Club of Cowtown have been setting stages ablaze with their intoxicating blend of jaw-dropping virtuosity and down-home melodies, weaving together country, ragtime, big band jazz and blues to awesome effect. Based in Austin, Texas, the globetrotting trio are long-serving musical ambassadors for the US State department, bringing a barrel of joy to venues from Azerbaijan to the Sultanate of Oman, while touring with everyone from Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to Roxy Music.Oozing warmth and charm, bassist Jake Ervin, guitarist Whit Smith and fiddler Elana James use every trick in the book to get those feet tapping:playing loose with tempos or ratcheting up the intensity with fretboard-blistering guitar licks, virtuosic fiddling and a Rockabilly-tinged slap-bass style. Be in no doubt: this music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time!

 

“Pretty much the perfect trio…” The Belfast Telegraph

“Spirit, originality and skill that would surely have impressed Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt back in 1930s.” The Guardian

“[Elana’s voice] just flows with 1930s wonderment; it has an underlying sexiness that draws the listeners in until each and every one is caught in her musical spell” Maverick Magazine

 

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Date: Wednesday 26th October
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RANT (Sco)

Thursday 27th October, 8.00pm

Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014, RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands.

Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl join forces to create a rich, vibrant and evocative soundscape – a chamber ensemble of the highest quality. 4 fiddles: one beautiful sound!

Since the release of their debut album RANT in 2013, the band have made major festival and concert appearances across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, and recorded strings for Julie Fowlis on her latest album Gach Sgeul.

“This is dignified, deep and profound music.” fRoots

“Hypnotic” The Herald

“Rant’s playing throughout is immaculate, spirited and warm. Definitely one to look out for.” Fiona Talkington, Songlines

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Date: Thursday 27th October
Time: 8.00pm



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Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (USA)

Wednesday 2nd November, 8.00pm

From the pastoral hills, hollers, shopping malls and interstate highways of Goodlettsville Tennessee, home of Bill Monroe, Bashful Brother Oswald, Stringbean, Grandpa Jones, Keith Whitley and some living country music performers, comes the most entertaining “blast from the past” since Lester Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. They’re the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band — five guys and a scrubboard, with roots like wisdom teeth.

The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band have shamelessly stolen a feature of the old Roy Acuff Show — a bit known as “Pap & the Jug Band”. There’s only so many graveyard numbers or raunchy love songs that even the most rabid country audience can sit through without some kind of relief. This frolicking fivesome brightens up the stage with rib-tickling old time tunes. Even better, they have an utter lack of self-consciousness (and some might say any sense of decorum). The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band not only know the music, they wear the costumes, tell corny jokes and even do slapstick gags that throw a cable-tv-numbed audience into hysterics. Grown women have lost control of internal organs when the Jug Band entertains … tears a’ runnin’ down both legs!!

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Date: Wednesday 2nd November
Time: 8.00pm



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VEIN feat. Greg Osby (Sw/USA)

Thursday 17th November, 8.00pm

Michael Arbenz: piano, Thomas Lähns: bass, Florian Arbenz: drums
feat. Greg Osby: sax

Since VEIN was founded, the trio has regularly joined forces with guest musicians in horizon-expanding and ground breaking projects.

They have now come together again, forming an equally exciting and unconventional quartet with Greg Osby, the great saxophonist with whom VEIN have been performing since many years.

This is the meeting point for four musicians who go way back, knowing precisely that they make a great musical match.

Just as the trio has created an almost symbiotic interplay – by bringing together its background, its stupendous musical togetherness and its concept of maximum equality for all members – it never fails to find an incredibly inspiring addition in Greg Osby:

Osby, with his distinctive and modern style that is always respectful of tradition, is one of the most important saxophonists of today’s jazz scene. He masterfully moves through the groove-heavy, lyrical, rhythmically and harmonically complex and open pieces
and passages of the quartet’s repertoire, which mainly consists of their own compositions.
And last but not least, to his younger fellow musicians, Greg Osby is the embodiment of a piece of jazz history: Since the 80s, he has been performing with all the jazz greats and that is precisely what he incorporates in his style and what has become a fundamental aspect for VEIN: the spirit of this music.

So this collaboration is based on the most mutual respect; another reason why this quartet works so well together.

 

‘Nice work, get it! Incredibly creative piano trio.’ – Rolling Stone

‘This set captures the core group’s inspired fusion of traditional jazz-trio methods and wittily deconstructivist impulses…a focused and dynamically creative set’. The Guardian, John Fordham

‘for a demonstration of what the jazz trio has been, and can be, it’s hard to imagine anyone doing it better’. The Arts Desk, Matthew Wright

 

 

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Date: Thursday 17th November
Time: 8.00pm



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Pierre Bensusan (Fra)

Friday 18th November, 8.00pm

“How the guitar would want to sound if it could play itself”…

The “Mozart of Guitar” is back in the UK & Ireland. Over the past 43 years, acoustic guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan has taken his unique sound 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”, voted Best World Music guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine reader’s Poll, Pierre is recognized as one of the greatest 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, with 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, pop 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. A great embassador of peace. Not to be missed!
“Bensusan is very much his own animal. It’s like listening to a butterfly, to dappled sunshine coming through quaking aspens. His music flits and darts around like fish in a pool. And his compositions manage to encompass both the calmness of the pool and the flashing of the fish. It’s an entrancing, almost hypnotic thing to watch and hear, as he seems eager to share his journey, his light. I was struck by how the aim of each song was to be beautiful. Not witty, not avant-garde, not new, necessarily, but beautiful. A great craftsman plying his trade. A shepherd with his flock. As I left I felt all of a sudden that I’d been to temple, my own sort of temple, and by the end of the service I felt purified, cleansed, and ready for the new year.”

Nyack News and Views (USA, NY, Dan Cohen, Oct 4, 2015)

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Date: Friday 18th November
Time: 8.00pm