Whats On

Sun 17th Sep
Alan Kelly Gang and Eddi Reader
Coughlans
8 pm,€ €27.50

Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish band, Alan Kelly Gang reunite with Scotland’s mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas, performing all new material from their latest album The Last Bell. Sheer musical synergy in its most natural form, once a collaboration, now a band, their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound; Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’.

Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, the Alan Kelly Gang sit firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene. Their strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play. Taking influence from regions including Ireland, Brittany, Asturias and America and combining these with original compositions that stem from a deep traditional sensitivity, “the arrangements are world class, as are the musicians, and Ireland is always somewhere in the mix.” Irish Music Magazine.

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Perhaps best known as former front woman for Fairground Attraction – who’s #1 single, Perfect and parent album, First of a Million Kisses, both topped the British charts, Eddi has had a long and varied career and has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish band, Alan Kelly Gang reunite with Scotland’s mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas, performing all new material from their latest album The Last Bell. Sheer musical synergy in its most natural form, once a collaboration, now a band, their performances have been praised for leaving audiences spellbound; Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’.

Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, the Alan Kelly Gang sit firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene. Their strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play. Taking influence from regions including Ireland, Brittany, Asturias and America and combining these with original compositions that stem from a deep traditional sensitivity, “the arrangements are world class, as are the musicians, and Ireland is always somewhere in the mix.” Irish Music Magazine.

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi Reader extinguishes the preordained boundaries of genre, bringing joyous life to all forms of song. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. Perhaps best known as former front woman for Fairground Attraction – who’s #1 single, Perfect and parent album, First of a Million Kisses, both topped the British charts, Eddi has had a long and varied career and has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.

Special Guest; Emma Langford

Emma Langford hails from Limerick city in the south-west of Ireland. This singer-songwriter combines a powerful signature vocal and musical style blending elements of an Irish lilt with Latin beat, jazz and folk. Sparse guitar work complements a profound natural sense of melody while wry and insightful lyrics and a uniquely cheerful demeanour combine to create an engaging and personable presence, both on-stage and off. Emma is most often compared to her influences Eva Cassidy and Joni Mitchell. Since entering the live music scene in 2013 Emma has been traversing the island of Ireland solo and with a host of musicians. The young artist has made appearances in some of the country’s foremost venues such as Limerick’s Dolans, Dublin’s Whelans, St James’ Church in Dingle; and at festivals such as Electric Picnic and the Doolin Folk Festival. She has in this short time also massively enjoyed sharing a stage with internationally recognised artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Ham Sandwich, Hermitage Green, Ben Caplan, Max Jury and Roisín O, to name but a few. In early 2016 Emma received international acclaim for Tug O’ War, a home-recorded song about anxiety, which propelled her to a national audience. On the back of this, she successfully crowd-funded and launched her self-titled debut EP in June of the same year to a sold-out date in Limerick. In 2017 Emma is balancing gigging, touring and writing with completing an MA in Community Music at the Irish World Academy in Limerick, and is looking forward to beginning work on her first album.

“…there’s an almost angelic quality to her material.”

– Roisin Dwyer, Commissioning Editor, Hotpress Magazine

“…a songwriter of great depth and personal soul searching and a voice to match.”

– Carl Corcoran, Presenter, The Blue of the Night, RTÉ lyric fm



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