LRFC 2017 Concerts
Sat Oct 7th: Sean Tyrrell - an Irish national treasure who has managed to avoid well deserved worldwide acclaim due to his delight in championing the causes of forgotten poets such as Brian Merriman whose ‘Cúirt an Mheán Oíche’ was written in 1780, and translated into English by Frank O’Connor in 1945, whereupon The Midnight Court was subsequently banned by the Irish Censorship Board. And buried it remained until resurrected by Sean in 1992 as his hit of the Galway Arts Festival followed by 150 Irish performances thereafter, an Edinburgh Fringe production in 2008 and American tours of the production in 2012. His 2017 US tour will be of his one man show ‘Message Of Peace’ on the life and times of John Boyle O’Reilly(1844-1890) a remarkable historical figure: a man who was an internationally renowned journalist, writer, and civil rights activist. Born in Meath, O’Reilly later worked in England before joining the British army. Ostensibly a proud soldier, O’Reilly lived a double life as a recruiter for the revolutionary Fenian Brotherhood. He was discovered and convicted, serving time in a succession of prisons from Mountjoy to Dartmoor. He was eventually transported to Western Australia from where he made a spectacular escape to the United States. It was in the US, during a time of intense economic and social turmoil, where O’Reilly’s brilliance flourished. As editor of The Pilot, a Boston newspaper, he became a powerful advocate of the rights of workers and African-Americans. He retained a strong commitment to Ireland and was an important part of the Land League and Home Rule movements, working closely with Michael Davitt. A good friend of John Devoy, O’Reilly played an organisational role in the famed Catalpa rescue. In tandem with his journalism, O'Reilly was one of the most famous literary figures of his day, publishing four volumes of poetry and two novels. A complex and charismatic personality, O’Reilly’s popularity transcended race, religion and nationality and, among his friends, he could count figures as diverse as Walt Whitman, Wendell Phillips, and Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.
Fri Oct 20th: Paul Brock
Band - Button accordion and melodeon player Paul Brock is a multiple All-Ireland champion
from Athlone, County Westmeath now residing in Ennis, County Clare. Brock’s solo album, Mo Charidin
(Gael-Linn), was described by the Rough Guide to Irish Music as “a masterpiece of accordion playing”.
In Paul Brock Band he is joined by leading Irish musicians Denis Carey (piano) and Dave Curley
(multi-instrumentalist / singer / dancer) and Shane Ferrell on banjo.
Sat Nov 4th: Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman – “The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to twenty-one countries on five continents. Of their seven albums together, The Living Wood (1988) was the Daily Telegraph’s Folk Album of the Year, Out of Court (1991) was "stunning... one of the most refreshingly innovative releases in recent years" - Folk Roots, The Carolan Albums (1994) was “a masterpiece of virtuosity” - The Daily Telegraph, Live in the Highlands (1995) was “One of the best live albums I’ve heard for a long time... captures the essence of these remarkable performers in a rare and priceless way. Absolutely essential.“ - Folk Roots and Dialogues:Agallaimh (2001) was “Terrific: brilliant, beautiful, rich, virtuosic, delightful, classic, perfect!” Of their sixth CD, FireWire, the critics said: “An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling... bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice" THE TIMES “Dazzling virtuosity... delightful” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH "In a class of their own" THE GUARDIAN "Takes one of the most effete instruments in traditional music and breathes a fire into its belly" * * * * THE IRISH TIMES “Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility” * * * * SONGLINES “Album of the Year” LIVE IRELAND “Best Celtic Instrumental Album” JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARDS Nashville, Tennessee. Their new CD, Christmas Lights is “A delightful... satisfyingly original, often refreshingly unpredictable take on festive favourites… Gorgeous and uplifting" THE LIVING TRADITION - and their 21-date Christmas 2014 tour played to sell-out audiences: “(Their) mastery and magic... produced a rapt response” THE GUARDIAN
Sat Dec 2nd: David Olney - Master craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville and his stellar songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Steve Young, among many others. Catch up with David on his weekly live, You Never Know streamcast – starring the Bard performing a song and sharing the story behind it – every Tuesday on DavidOlney.com and YouTube. "Though he's best known as a masterful wordsmith, Olney has a knack for creating the ideal atmosphere for his gothic noir tune.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Sat Jan 4th 2017: Still
On The Hill – has proved itself a favorite at many prestigious festivals
and venues here and abroad, including the Kerrville Folk Festival,
Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield,
Kansas and countless others. Their own region, the Ozarks, has voted them the
“Best Folk Band” for several years running, and the mayor of their town,
Fayetteville, Arkansas, proclaimed Dec. 20th Still on the Hill Day for all
the work the duo does in community service. They have produced eight widely
acclaimed CD's and nine years ago they signed with Swiss record label Brambus
Records for the European release of their CD “Chaos & Calm”. In 2010 they
produced their 'Ozark Project' which created waves across the region that are
still resonating today and also garnered them the coveted Governors Folk Life
Award for their effort to preserve Arkansas Traditions.
4th: 4 Shillings Short present: The Celtic
Year - songs, stories & poetry from the Celtic Wheel Of Time - Making
a long overdue return visit, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional &
Original music from the Celtic Lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe,
India and the Americas on over 30 World instruments including Hammered &
Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders,
Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, Native American Flutes, North Indian
Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Ukelele, Doumbek,
Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn.
Sat Feb 25th: Alan Reid & Rob van Sante – With
a bucket list goal of performing in all 50 states, Alan Reid - founder member
of Scotland's wildly successful Battlefield Band with whom he toured the
world for 41 years, releasing 30 albums in the process! - whittles the list
down to a small few with his Arkansas and LRFC debut performance for which he
is joined by Dutch (tho longtime Leeds, Yorkshire resident!) singer,
guitarist and formidable sound engineer Rob van Sante whose resume includes
such luminaries as Danny Thompson, Kate Rusby, John McCusker.
TBC! Sat Apr 1 nd: Kate Campbell – is an introduction even necessary after Kates’ previous visits to LRFC? Unmissable!
Sat May 20th: Mustard's Retreat - For the past
four decades Mustard's Retreat( David Tamulevich and Michael Hough), have
been entertaining audiences with its special brand of folk music. Highly
acclaimed not only as songwriters but as interpreters of traditional and
contempoary songs and stories, their show is full of enthusiasm, good humor
and fine musicianship.