Media Release 3 January 2014
The National Concert Hall gathers the best of Traditional Artists for first-ever ‘Tradition Now’ Weekend in 2014
June Tabor’s Quercus with Huw Warren and Iain Ballamy
The Kilfenora Céilí Band with dancer Michael Donnellan and Kickincrew
‘Tradition Now’ Marathon
The Gloaming - (Martin Hayes, fiddle) Iarla O’Lionaird (vocals), Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh (hardanger), Dennis Cahill (guitar) and Thomas Bartlett (piano)
The National Concert Hall’s ‘Tradition Now’ festival (25 and 26 January 2014) is a weekend of forward looking traditional music offering the best of traditional music from established and up-and-coming artists on the concert circuit.
Three of the UK’s celebrated and award-winning musicians collectively known as Quercus open the Tradition Now weekend with a concert at the Pepper Canister Church on Saturday 25 January at 8pm. Meaning oak in Latin Quercus features the venerable English singer June Tabor whose dark voice has an uncanny ability to underscore the emotional essence of a ballad. Tabor, who was recently voted BBC Folk Awards Singer of The Year, is joined by Welsh jazz pianist and composer Huw Warren, and by English saxophonist Iain Ballamy, well-known to ECM listeners as co-leader of the band Food.
On Sunday 26 January at 1pm, the Kilfenora Ceili Band together with dancer Michael Donnellan and Kickincrew perform an hour long concert. Ireland’s oldest Céilí band from County Clare who celebrated their 100th birthday in 2009, have in the last decade have been busy recording and playing not only in Ireland but internationally at Glastonbury, the Milwaukee Festival, Paris and on cruise tours of the Mediterranean. Their core repertoire of dance music, punctuated with an incomparable lift and rhythm, defines an unbroken tradition that dates from the beginning of the twentieth century. Despite this link with the past their recent recordings and performances point a broadening of the perceived boundaries of their genre.
At 3pm a Tradition Now Marathon features four individual groups, each playing a separate set. First up is Lau who were named BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners for Best Group 2013. They are followed by At First Light bringing a mix of traditional Irish songs with the power and delicacy of duelling pipes, fiddle, whistles, guitar, bouzouki and bodhran. Notify, the new transatlantic project from Padraig Rynne follows with Mossy Nolan (bouzouki and mandolin) and Colm McGowan (guitars) bring the Tradition Now Marathon to a close with their mix of traditional, folk and electronics soundscapes with spectacular vocals.
Recently featured on RTÉ One, The Gloaming are a group of musicians made up of Martin Hayes (fiddle), Denis Cahill (guitar), Iarla O’Lionaird (vocals), Caoimhin O ‘Raghallaigh (Hardanger D’Amore) and Thomas Bartlett. Together they have collaborated to produce a unique and ephemeral sound, trance -like yet furious with the effortless effect of drawing listeners into unknown and yet familiar musical territories. For their concert at 8.30pm on Sunday 26 January, The Gloaming return to the scene of their debut show at the National Concert Hall to make the release of their debut album this month on Brassland and Real World Records.
Tradition Now is part of the National Concert Hall’s flagship series Perspectives which continues throughout 2014 with Kodo – One Earth Tour entitled Legend (22 and 23 February), Pantha De Prince and The Bell Laboratory (26 March), Wayne Shorter Quartet (14 June) on 13 December Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull present Sounds of the south ft. Justin Vernon and Frazey Ford.
Perspectives is supported by the Irish Independent and Today Fm. Tradition Now is supported by The Arts Council.
For further information please contact Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0057/ 087 1775334.
TRADITION NOW AT THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
Saturday 25 January, 8pm at the Pepper Canister Church
Quercus: June Tabor, Huw Warren, Iain Bellamy.
Sunday 26 January, 1pm at the National Concert Hall
The Kilfenora Céilí Band with Michael Donnellan and the Kickincrew.
Sunday 26 January, 3pm at the National Concert Hall
Tradition Now Marathon ft. Lau, At First Sight, Padraig Rynne’s Notify, Mossy Nolan and Colm McGowan.
Sunday 26 January, 8.30pm at the National Concert Hall
The Gloaming – Martin Hayes (fiddle), Iarla O’Lionaird (vocals), Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh (hardanger), Dennis Cahill (guitar), Thomas Bartlett (piano).
Tickets: €15, €20, €25
20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall
10% discount for concessions and groups of 10 or more
The National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01-417 0000 or Online: www.nch.ie