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Sun 30th Apr
Ian Whitty and The Exchange and The Shaker Hymn. Right Here Right Now Festival
Cork Opera House
8:30 pm,€ €10
Ian Whitty and The Exchange + The Shaker Hymn. Right Here Right Now The Green Room* * The Green Room is the intimate backstage space at Cork Opera House for shows that are up close and personal with a capacity of just 80 people. IAN WHITTY AND THE EXCHANGE ‘Cash Crop’ the new album from Ian Whitty And The Exchange veers from simple stripped-back melodies to riotous guitar overtures to Americana. “I’m declaring war,” sings Whitty on the opening track ‘Bottom Line’. Ian’s lyrics conjure up dreams of young love as well as hope and meaning in the face of loss. They delve into disillusionment with modern culture and chart an evolution from partner to parent. The album constantly draws the listener into an emotional exploration, all the while Whitty’s seasoned vocal is gravelly with experience, biting in its commentary and sharp in its storytelling. He frequently shifts perspectives, personas and characters in weaving a modern tapestry that manages to be both personal and full of symbolism. It took eight years for Ian to travel the roads and bear witness to the events that we find in ‘Cash Crop’. In doing so he has provided us with an album that is warm and intimate yet feels epic in its scope. “Making a record is a genuinely difficult thing to do,” said Ian. “Simply put, it’s easier to make a mess of it than to get it right. That said we are ready to walk away from this one feeling like we have captured something with a real identity, that we haven’t let any of the songs down and that we have challenged ourselves creatively in the process.” With the intent of capturing both the energy and intimacy of live shows ‘Cash Crop’ was recorded in “live” spaces including One Chance Out Studios in Cork. The album was co-produced by Ian Whitty & The Exchange, Steve Fanagan and Chris Somers. It was engineered by Chris Somers and predominantly mixed by Steve Fanagan. ‘Cash Crop’ was mastered at Whisper and Shout Studios, Los Angeles by Ruairi O’Flaherty. Long-time collaborator Suzanne Power of Hazel Tree Design created the sartorial artwork for the album from Ian’s basic sketches. In a time where playlists are consumed on demand and unlimited choice is on offer ‘Cash Crop’ invites you to become a confidant and will have you pressing repeat rather than browse. ‘Bottom Line’ from ‘Cash Crop’ has received extensive airplay across national and regional stations and spent two months on the RTE Recommends playlist. ‘Cash Crop’ is the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Lucky Caller Number 9’, an album which yielded several radio singles that received significant airplay. In addition the band’s music was paid a massive compliment by the inclusion of the track ‘City Friend’ on the soundtrack of Lenny Abrahamson’s internationally acclaimed film ‘What Richard Did’. “An album of genuine heft….Ian Whitty has the extraordinary gift of writing poignant lyrics, wherein everybody can find a glimpse of themselves. 8/10” — Hotpress “A serious talent” — John Creedon – Radio 1 “Arguably the most exciting act to have emerged from Corks vibrant music scene in the past two years” — The Corkman “An excellent album stuffed with potential hits… a hugely talented group” — Hotpress “Indeed, such is the calibre of ‘Cash Crop’ that it’s bang on the money throughout and leaves absolutely no IOUs whatsoever. 9/10” — Whisperin’ and Hollerin THE SHAKER HYMN The Shaker Hymn are a five-piece alternative rock band from Cork, Ireland. Having known each other since childhood, the catalyst for what would become The Shaker Hymn was a two- month American excursion early in 2012. A remarkable road-trip ensued, involving acoustic support slots to Chelsea Crowell (daughter of Rodney). It was on this trek that brand new, future-embracing songs were crafted; songs that would shortly enter the repertoire of the fledgling Shaker Hymn. Following national and local airplay of their first two critically acclaimed singles, the band’s debut album, Rascal’s Antique, was released on 30th May 2014, on the band’s own label, Heavy Noids Records. In late 2015, the band released two new singles of raucous fuzz infused psych-pop to serve as a taster from their album ‘Do You Think You’re Clever?’ released in April 2016. With both tracks already garnering the band local and national radio play and plenty of media acclaim from press and blogs alike they were recently named as “A band to watch out for” by Hot Press Magazine, an opinion further cemented when chosen to perform at Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch 2016’ Showcase Festival in January 2016. “It’s one of the coolest rock songs out of Ireland this year and it’s clear the band are really in the groove right now” — JOE.IE “Echoing the lazy drawls of ex Stroke’s frontman Julian Casablancas but with a swagger all their own, Shaker Hymn are a band to watch out for next year” — HOTPRESS “The kind of proud, unashamedly guitar-driven record debut that would once have been pounced on by an enlightened imprint such as Creation or Go! Discs” — Record Collecter Magazine (U.K) “Sucking It Out’ is frenetic new track that builds to a kaleidoscopic indie-rock outro. Given the more stylised production and overall sense of sonic placement that permeates throughout ‘Sucking It Out’, things are looking well-set for the Shaker Hymn’s new album.” — THELASTMIXEDTAPE “While The Shaker Hymn evoke some of the best characteristics of 90s bands, this is an intently forward looking outfit, classic songwriting acumen with a 2016 edge. The deft hooks make the listener at once appreciate this is a serious band is at work.” — F.M.S. Fashion|Music|Style (U.K) “It’s a polished effort, with classic rock echoes of everyone from John Lennon to Richard Ashcroft.” — The Irish Times

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