The Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny is delighted to welcome Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen, two of the world’s most respected voices in traditional folksong, for what promises to be a great concert on Friday October 6th. These two phenomenal voices from either side of the Atlantic will sing songs from each of their traditions with a rare, raw passion and great energy, as part of a European tour in support of new live album ‘Bottle’. Together they form a powerhouse duo that has been described as hilarious and heartbreaking, intense and joyful. ‘Bottle’ has a totally unique sound. It’s a mix of American folk and country and English folk – traditional material from both sides of the Atlantic, featuring fiddle, electric guitar, banjo, bass drum and both Eliza and Tim’s compelling vocals. The material was recorded live and then treated in an exciting way, adding texture and sounds as the performers continued to weave their story in the studio. Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen play the RCC on Friday October 6th at 8pm. Tickets, priced €15, are available at An Grianán Theatre Box Office on 00353 (0)749120777 or online at regionalculturalcentre.com
Eliza Carthy is one of the most engaging performers of her generation and one of the finest singers in world music. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 21 year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Richard Hawley, John Smith and Van Dyke Parks and Peggy Seeger. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance. This year Eliza was honoured with a MBE for her amazing services to folk music. Eliza has a long relationship with the RCC and with Donegal and has given a number of incredible performances here over the years. She performed as part of a magical duo with her father, the legendary Martin Carthy, at Letterkenny Folk Week at An Grianán Theatre earlier this year and it’s fitting that she is playing at the RCC on October 6th as part of its tenth birthday year given that she performed the first ever concert at the venue in July 2007.
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and banjo sexto – a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass – creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on ‘Josh Billing’s Voyage’, his new album of northern roots American music.