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Vespertine Quintet and Paul Tiernan

Coughlans

Thu 31 Mar 2016
9:00 pm
€10

The Vespertine Quintet is a collection of musicians from West Cork, comprising the traditional string quartet and piano with added electronic sounds. Their repertoire reflects their name (Vespertine: flowers that bloom in the night-time) and mixes sparse and soulful music from the renaissance and early baroque with modern miniatures by Icelandic composer Olafur Arnalds, Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt and two composing members of the quintet Jo Perry and Justin Grounds. In this unique show they will be joined by Paul Tiernan p a u l t i e r n a n Paul Tiernan embarked on a solo career 15 years ago starting with the release of his debut album titled "Who's fooling who?" in 1995 in Ireland. During that time, as well as performing solo, Paul also toured internationally as a guitarist with the famous ‘60s legend Donovan, Welsh Breton songstress Katell Keineg, Kieran Halpin, Maria Doyle Kennedy and platinum selling Irish singer Sinead Lohan whilst also guesting with the HotHouse Flowers, Mary Black, Christy Moore, The Frames, Beth Orton and the Beez. His mandola playing skills have also featured on recordings by Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sinead Lohan, Black, Swiss band Hells Kitchen as well as concerts with Darden Smith, Boo Hewerdine, Jacques Higelin , Angie Palmer and Nick Harper. Following on the success of his first album, he formed a trio with Kevin Murphy on cello and Colm McCaughey on fiddle bringing to the music an unusual sense of melody crossing over the rock-traditional-folk divide. Paul released his third album ‘god knows i love a happy ending’ in 2002, an enthralling, swirling mixture of strings and voices following his anthemic 2nd album ‘virgoville’ produced by the mighty Kieran Kennedy (bass player with the Hothouse Flowers). In 2003 Paul appeared on the Irish television series ‘Other voices’ featuring the best of Irish singer songwriters (including Glen Hansard and Damien Rice). One of Paul’s songs ‘Belle’ has been included in the top ten Irish album of the same name. Paul is also a member of Irish cult band ‘Interference’ who have been described as being one of the seminal influences on the likes of well known Irish artists, ‘The Frames’ ‘Mundy’ and recent Oscar winner, Glen Hansard. ‘Interference’ have a song in the Oscar winning film ‘Once’ and recently performed in New York (Radio City) with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Paul has a song (the title track) covered by one of Ireland’s most popular singers, Kieran Goss, on his album ‘Red Letter Day’. One of Paul’s songs ‘how to say goodbye’ is in an American film ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite playlist’….recently a top 10 box office hit in the USA and to be released worldwide in 2009. Paul Tiernan released his fourth CD entitled ‘Belle’ in 2005 which CDbaby (the worlds biggest online distributor of independent cds) wrote: ‘this is, without a doubt, one of the most memorable male folk albums to come through our doors in years.’ ‘Earthquakes start with little cracks’ was released in Ireland on March 2nd, 2009. The opening song ‘Breakfast in bed’ has been voted on of the best songs of 2008 by ‘Rock n’ Folk’ , one of France’s most popular music magazines. Last September 2011, Paul released his 6th CD entitled 'Painkillers'.


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