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INTERSKALACTIC Friday, 20 May, The Workman’s Club

The Workman’s Club presents

INTERSKALACTIC

Friday, 20 May, The Workman’s Club

 We are so ready to welcome some SKA-VA-VOOM to The Workman’s Club with a performance from Interskalactic on Friday, 20 May. This 11-piece big-band are adding their own flavour to first-wave, old school Jamaican ska. These guys have deffo established themselves as a party favourite around these parts with their infectious ska buzz! We are dusting off our dancing shoes and our black- and- white check jacket for this one.

These lads are well used to having their audience dancing for two hours straight and still calling out for more! Their lively sets include the classic ska covers that we all want to hear, ska-ified (is that a word?) versions of popular hits and now some of their own original tunes.

With performances at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, on The Late Late Show and supporting Madness already under their belt, it’s no wonder that Interskalactic have become hot property on the Irish festival and gig scene.

Support on the night will come from Too Fools. Named by The Last Mixed Tape in their “20 Ones To Watch in 2016” list, this lot make modern sounding music that is fresh, upbeat and trippy. Currently producing their own EP and gearing up for festival appearances, you want to catch these guys before they go HUGE.

This is so obviously a gig not to be missed. Expect to dance the soles off your shoes.

Interskalactic

Friday, 20 May/ Door Time: 8pm / Ticket Price: €10

Tickets available now from www.theworkmansclub.com

Forbidden Fruit Festival 2016 Saturday Line-Up

POD & Bulmers present

Forbidden Fruit 2016

The City Centre Multi-Stage Music & Arts Festival

June Bank Holiday Weekend Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Saturday Tickets from €59.50 on sale this Friday 11th March at 9am

Forbidden Fruit Festival Saturday Line-Up

TAME IMPALA   /  JUNGLE / SKEPTA / TALE OF US / KIASMOS

BATTLES / FREDDIE GIBBS /  BONDAX /  KORMAC LIVE AV

Plus much more to be announced ….

This year we are planning something different for your day by day activities at the festival, with the hope that you can absorb each day and get the full flavour of what’s in store across all stages. Keep an eye out as we’ll announce something new every week from now until the festival kicks off. This’ll be sure to keep the excitement going right up until the event.

First up …… we are really pleased to announce our knockout Saturday Line-Up with tickets going on sale Friday 11th March at 9am. If you’ve been following our journey so far, to what promises to be a belter of a 2016 event, you’ve probably noticed a few new additions to the stellar line-up.

We’re really excited to introduce one of the hottest rising stars of the grime world, the hugely talented SKEPTA. The Guardian voted his track “Shut Down“ Track of the Year 2015. Skepta shook off the decadence that plagued grime’s lean years with this infectious triumph of self-rediscovery, in a year that saw the rapper love bombed by Kanye West and Drake.

FREDDIE GIBBS also joins the Saturday party. Emerging into the public consciousness around 2009, Freddie Gibbs gained a reputation for his gritty tales of life on the streets in the Midwest USA. He has worked with a host of impressive artists, including Pharrell Williams, Young Jeezy, Curren$y, Jadakiss, and Dom Kennedy. Freddie’s studio album ESGN was released in 2013 to positive reaction and featured production by SAP and Tone Mason among others. His “Shadow of a Doubt” album last year saw him soar to new heights.

Last but definitely not least we bring you KORMAC LIVE AV. You’ll know Kormac from the Kormac’s Big Band fame. He presents a brand new live AV performance and if the Big Band experience is anything to go by we are in for a real treat.

Tickets for Forbidden Fruit Saturday go on sale at 9am on Friday 11th March priced €59.50 including booking fee through Ticketmaster.ie and outlets nationwide.

This is just a taster of what’s to come. So stay tuned for more top quality acts to be announced for this three-day extravaganza. Plus, we’ll be announcing full details on the awesome Forbidden Fruit Nights.

www.ticketmaster.ie/Ph 0818 719300

Prices include booking fee but subject to service charges.

Subject to licence / Over 18’s event

www.forbiddenfruit.ie | Facebook @forbiddenfruitfestival

Twitter @forbiddenffest

Eoin Glackin – The Club Classic EP Launch, 16 April @ The Workman’s Club

EOIN GLACKIN

 SATURDAY, 16 APRIL, THE WORKMAN’S CLUB

 “Smashing it” – Ed Sheeran

 “A genuine talent” – Dan Hawkins

 “His songs make an instant connection” – Irish Independent

 We are so stoked to welcome back Dublin singer-songwriter Eoin Glackin to mark the release of his new EP with a massive headline show at The Workman’s Club, Saturday 16 April.

Eoin Glackin is known for his roots- rock, story- teller vibes but is set to show another side to his song writing prowess with The Club Classic EP which features upbeat, pop-infused songs, which are more influenced by Prince and Beck than Kris Kristofferson.

Despite the new sonic-shift, Eoin assembled his long running band to tackle the new songs, while also enlisting some fresh blood in up and coming Irish producer, Paddy Hunt. After Eoin’s last album went on to be nominated in the Hot Press Awards 2016 for Album of the Year, we can expect some major buzz around this new, evolved style.

Eoin and his full band take to The Workman’s Club stage on Saturday, 16 April to perform all of the tracks from the hot off the grill EP, The Club Classic. Support on the night comes from Cork native Clare O’Mahony whose 2nd album goes on sale this spring.

“Some of the best lyrics almost any listener will have heard” – Fatea Magazine

“Like I’m watching a movie in my mind” – Damien Dempsey

Eoin Glackin

Saturday, 16 April/ Door Time: 8pm / Ticket Price: €8

Tickets available now from www.theworkmansclub.com

NOTHIN’ SHNAKEY! PADDY’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA! The Workman’s Club, Bison Bar & BBQ, Garage Bar

PADDY’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

NOTHIN’ SHNAKEY!

The Workman’s Club, Bison Bar & BBQ, Garage Bar

2 days, 3 venues, more music than you can shake a shillelagh at.

Wednesday, 16 March

Thursday, 17 March

Don’t have a Paddy’s day planned? We have you sorted! The Workman’s Club, Bison Bar & BBQ and Garage Bar are the pot of gold at the end of your proverbial rainbow! Over 16 and 17 March  these three venues will be chocoblock with DJs, live music, craic and ceol, all to help you  revelers celebrate the greenest day in the Irish calendar in shhtyle!

On Wednesday, 16 March, to get you revved up for the main celebrations  The Workman’s Club have  a night absolutely packed to the seams with whopper choons and live acts and all for FREE!!! So you have loads more cash for the aul Paddy’s Day pints!

First to take the stage, we welcome Vameel, formed less than a year ago  this electronic 4 piece have wasted no time in making waves on the local circuit!  The last year saw their first Irish tour as well as heaps of positive press. Shoegaze four- piece My Mind Races take the stage next. Over the last year, these Dublin lads have been honing their alternative sound and have garnered comparisons to the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Radiohead, Interpol and Deerhunter. Got you excited yet? Come see what they are all on about. Then taking to the stage will be Dublin musical collective Sun Maschene will be bringing a sonic assault of the very best fuzz Indie to entertain your eardrums! Their aggressive sound has garnered a cult following from all over Ireland, UK, Europe and the US. Now, for the most sacred of Irish celebrations they bring their arsenal of dark tinged, psychedelic guitarists to our gaff, and we’re bleedin’ delira to have them.Next up, we have The Fontaines! A Dublin based  five-piece that will get you riled up for the Pre-Paddy’s day festivities with their 80’s British alternative rock style tunes. With a loada class gigs in our gaff  under their belt already, we know  these guys  are going to be unreal. Headlining our pre- Paddy’s stage is Finally we have Squarehead This trio have been tearing up the Dublin gig scene with their energetic guitar, garage-pop vibes . The video for their single ‘2025’, released last year, featured megastar Domhnall Gleeson, sure he was only in a little movie called STAR WARS!  You can and should check it out here.

And if that hasn’t worn you out we’ve got DJ sets by Niall D’arcy (Somewhere/ Hidden Agenda)/ Trev (Somewhere/ Workman’s Saturdays) & Colin Devine & Edward Porter on back to back “Guilty Pleasures” duty.

Over in Garage Bar, 10am- very very late, we’ve got DJ Sets by Peter Toomey (The Immediate)/ Domino WhiskerThe Number OnesKen Mooney (The Urges)

To keep Paddy’s sesh going, on Thursday, 17 March we will be bopping to some banging tunes upstairs in The Workman’s Clubfrom Kelly Anne Byrne (Today Fm)/ Louche (Nightflight)/ Trev (Somewhere/ Workman’s Sats)/ Steven Gannon (Kid Karate/ Somewhere)/ Tony BonesD- ReillsEadaoin Dooley (Dj Doolittle)/ Rob Smith. Your opportunity to flex your vocal muscles, in honour of St. Patrick, will be in the 5 HOUR MONSTER Karaoke Club from 10pm.

Just next door,  Bison Bar & BBQ are all set to  pull at your patriotic heartstrings as they blare out the Irish anthems. Join the sing-a-long  as  you sip on a sweet Irish whiskey. With over 140 to choose from they’ll find the right one to wet your whistle!

Round the corner in  the Garage Bar, 3pm-LATE: DJ Sets by: Gav IconRobbie Brady (Exploding Eyes)/ Michelle FarleyThe Reverend Tony BonesKen Mooney (The Urges). So kick up some sawdust and get down for a proper loud one!

Come on down for jigs and reels in your finest shamrock face paint! Keep your eyes peeled

For more information drop Jenny a line! +353 87 9815585 / jenny@weareredhead.com

Check out our Twitter @WorkmansDublin or Facebook @TheWorkmansClub

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ANGELINA’S DELI – READY TO SERVE!

ANGELINA’S DELI – READY TO SERVE!

Your neighbourhood deli, filled with freshly prepared, locally sourced produce and bursting with flavour!

 

Following on from the opening of Angelina’s Restaurant on Percy Place in November, a brand new sister deli has flung open its doors and is ready to serve up beautiful breakfasts, sandwiches, homemade soups, fresh beautiful salads, golden, flaky pastries and coffee any way you like it!

From 7 ‘til 11am, swing in to Angelina’s Deli for breakfast and start the day right! Think Californian breakfast rolls, homemade porridge, granola yoghurt fruit pots and fresh fruit salads. Grab a homemade smoothie or a fresh pressed juice made in-house. If pastries are your thing, the deli is full to bursting with beautiful baked goods. Angelina’s Deli are serious about coffee. TwoFifty Square roast their own beans just up the road in Rathmines and their flavour packed coffee is served up whatever way you like – espressos, long blacks, flat whites, lattes, cappuccinos – the choice is yours.

Lunch is served up from 11:30 – 3pm and the offering has been designed by Angelina’s Head Chef, Ryan Bell. The premise is simple – get a seriously great sandwich in 3 easy steps. Step 1 – choose your bread – sourdough, a baguette or multiseed.   Step 2 – choose your meat, juicy pieces of torn, rotisserie chicken, succulent roast beef, hot turkey or generous slices of baked ham. Step 3? Pick a style of sambo!

The New York style is made up of crispy bacon, tangy ranch dressing, egg salad, iceberg lettuce and cheese. The Mexican style features lashings of avocado, corn, jalapeno, lime mayo and salsa. The Hipster sandwich has a filling portion of roasted butternut squash, baby spinach, bulgur wheat, chickpea hummus and toasted seeds. The Italian style sandwich is laden with kale and Caesar leaves, parmesan and quinoa, drizzled with Green Goddess dressing. The Texan style comes filled with beetroot and carrot slaw, rocket, BBQ sauce and chipotle sour cream.

What about soup? Grab a pot from the fridge – filled with fresh, lovely ingredients like tofu, chicken, pulled pork or seafood. Bring the pot up to the counter, where it will be filled to the brim with Angelina’s homemade broth and there you have it – a steaming pot of goodness! Minimal effort, maximum taste. If you’re hankering for a salad, opt for the deli’s Salad Bowl, where you pick 3 of our eye catching and delicious salads plus a protein. The salads are made up fresh every day with veg sourced locally.

Check out Angelina’s Deli. Order and take away, pull up a stool up by the counter or grab a seat outside the front!

Deli opening hours are 7:00 – 5:00pm:

Breakfast 7:00 – 11:00am

Lunch 11:30 – 3:00pm

Coffee & Pastries All Day 7:00 – 5:00pm

Angelina’s Deli, 55 Percy Place, Dublin 4, Ireland

www.angelinas.ie / @angelinasdublin

Stereophonics / New Single / Kilmainham Show Announced

New Single ‘White Lies’ Out April 8th

After the Stereophonics announced seven huge shows for summer 2016, including a very special show Kilmainham, the band’s anthemic new single ‘White Lies’ is set for release on 8th April.

Written by Kelly Jones and produced by Kelly and Jim Lowe, ‘White Lies’ is taken from the band’s UK number one album ‘Keep The Village Alive’. The single is one of the album’s many highlights and showcases the band’s ability to create a sound that is at once both powerfully atmospheric and endearingly intimate.

The accompanying video for White Lies was shot over the course of the band’s sold out UK arena tour this past December.

With career sales of over 10 million albums, Stereophonics’ latest, acclaimed UK number 1 album ‘Keep The Village Alive’ is home to recent hit singles ‘C’est La Vie’, ‘I Wanna Get Lost With You’ and ‘Song for the Summer’ and is already certified gold. The album hit the #2 spot in the Irish Independent album charts on its release here.

Stereophonics recently announced that they have collaborated with Brains brewery to create their very own pale ale called Phonics.  The beer will be available in pubs across the country from March.

Stereophonics play on June 30th at Royal Hospital Kilmainham with special guests The Vaccines. Tickets are on sale now from ticketmaster.ie and outlets nationwide.

www.stereophonics.com

Primal Scream Release Chaosmosis! 18 March

New Single ‘Where The Light Gets In’

Features Sky Ferreira, impacts March 18th

Taken from forthcoming album ‘Chaosmosis’

 

Primal Scream release their 11th studio album, ‘Chaosmosis’ on 18th March on the band’s own First International label through Ignition Records. Recorded in London, New York and Stockholm, and written and produced by Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes, ‘Chaosmosis’ is the freshest sounding album the band have ever made.  Download a WAV file of the single here and check out the video right here

 

The 10 songs that make up ‘Chaosmosis’ are by turns angry and euphoric, personal and political, sounding like the distillation of so much that has come before plus a shot into the future.

 

The exhilarating first single ‘Where The Light Gets In’ (produced by Bobby, Andrew and Bjorn Yttling) features a duet with Sky Ferreira. Other guests on the album include Haim on backing vocals, good friends of the band since playing with them at Glastonbury two summers ago and Rachel Zeffira from Cat’s Eyes.

 

Bobby Gillespie says: “we work more like artists than a rock band jamming with a whole band to write songs is not our way”.

 

Primal Scream play 4 intimate must see shows in the UK this spring before a series of headline summer festival dates.

 

Chaosmosis Tracklisting:

  1. Trippin’ On Your Love
  2. (Feeling Like A) Demon Again
  3. I Can Change
  4. 100% Or Nothing
  5. Private Wars
  6. Where The Light Gets In
  7. When The Blackout Meets The Fallout
  8. Carnival Of Fools
  9. Golden Rope
  10. Autumn In Paradise

Primal Scream are also headlining Sea Sessions Festival in Bundoran this June!

For more information contact Stef @ We Are RedHead stef@weareredhead.com

 

www.primalscream.net

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New Album From The Coral

NEW ALBUM DISTANCE INBETWEEN RELEASED 4TH MARCH 2016

LEAD SINGLE MISS FORTUNE

After a five-year hiatus The Coral return in 2016 with their seventh album, Distance Inbetween, out March 4th on Ignition Records. To coincide with the release the influential five-piece will head out on a UK tour, including a show at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 16th March. The band will then tour Europe in April before returning to their hometown to headline Liverpool Sound City Festival on 29th May.

Distance Inbetween is The Coral’s first album of original material since 2010’s Butterfly House, a gap punctuated by last year’s surprise release of their lost album, The Curse of Love. Since their debut EP release in 2001 the band have sold over a million UK albums, with five reaching the Top 10 including 2003’s chart-topping Magic and Medicine. Their eight Top 40 singles include Dreaming Of You, In The Morning, Pass It On, and Don’t Think You’re The First.

Recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studio with co-producer Richard Turvey, Distance Inbetween was recorded live and mostly in just one take. The seams of each of the album’s 12-tracks are purposely rough-hewn and pave the way for a new visceral sound from a totally reenergised band.

“Before we started making the album we had discussed that we wanted it to be more minimal and rhythmical,” explains James Skelly (vocals, guitars). “We thought ‘if you’ve got a rhythm section that’s been playing together for almost twenty years, why not make that the centre of the songs?’”

On the album James, Ian Skelly (drums/percussion/vocals), Nick Power (keyboard/vocals), and Paul Duffy (bass/keyboards/vocals) are joined by Coral newbie, guitarist Paul Molloy, formerly of The Zutons.

“Paul was playing with Ian in their band, Serpent Power, and we’d all been mates with him for years,” says James. “We already had a couple of tunes recorded and Ian suggested Paul add some guitar. His parts really enhanced the tracks; he understood where he needed to leave space. From that point we didn’t look back. We had a full line-up and were confident we could make an album that would stand next to the others.”

On Distance Inbetween listeners are invited into The Coral’s world of Richard Yates’ books, Alan Moore comics, 1980’s toys, the sound of krautrock compilations and Muddy Waters’ Electric Mud, and Gregory Crewdson’s darkly beautiful photography. The album is dedicated to Alan Wills, The Coral’s early mentor and Deltasonic label boss who tragically lost his life in 2014.

The Coral Distance Inbetween, track listing:

 

  1. Connector
  2. White Bird
  3. Chasing The Tail Of A Dream
  4. Distance Inbetween
  5. Million Eyes
  6. Miss Fortune
  7. Beyond The Sun
  8. It’s You
  9. Holy Revelation
  10. She Runs The River
  11. Fear Machine
  12. End Credits

 

For more information contact Jenny / Stef at We Are RedHead

jenny@weareredhead.com / stef@weareredhead.com

POD & Bulmers present Forbidden Fruit 2016

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POD & Bulmers present

Forbidden Fruit 2016

The City Centre Multi-Stage Music & Arts Festival

June Bank Holiday Weekend / Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Weekend Tickets from €99.50 on sale this Wednesday 10th February at 9am

TAME IMPALA /UNDERWORLD / FLUME / JUNGLE / KIASMOS LIVE / TALE OF US / BONDAX / TIGA LIVE / AME LIVE / MAYA JANE COLES / GEORGE FITZGERALD / JACKMASTER / BATTLES / HNNY / GROOVE ARMADA DJ /DJ DEECE

Plus many more to be announced ….

 

Dublin city centre’s multi-stage music and arts festival, FORBIDDEN FRUIT, is set to return for its sixth instalment on the June Bank Holiday weekend, 3rd – 5th June 2016.

The spectacular grounds of Irish Museum of Modern Art will once again play host to the hotly anticipated three-day festival, which has become firmly fixed in the gig-goers calendar as the grand-opening to the festival season, and the official start of the summer. 

Set across four stages (Original Stage, Undergrowth, Lighthouse, Someplace Else), offering a wide selection of different styles of music, to suit all tastes, you can expect the usual fruity cocktail of great cutting-edge sound, comedy, art, good food, and festival fun. And we’ll see the return of the ever-popular Bulmer’s Lounge.

Following the huge success of the inaugural Forbidden Fruit Night city take over last year, plans are in place for an even bigger offering of festival after-parties in official locations around the city running until 3am over the three nights of the festival and featuring some of Dublin’s best collectives joined by international guests off the festival line up.

Tickets for Forbidden Fruit Night can be purchased as an upsell when you are buying your festival ticket starting at 12.50e including booking fee.

We are delighted to reveal the first set of acts to perform at this year’s Forbidden Fruit festival.

Headlining this year’s event, Australian rock outfit TAME IMPALA, with their new album “Currents” will be bringing their raucous synth sound to the stage for an exclusive Irish live performance. With their renowned visual display at their live shows – we can’t wait to experience their trademark psychedelia.

With their brand new album, electronic dance giants UNDERWORLD make a welcome return to the world stage since their last album “Barking” in 2010. They are world renowned for their incredible visual style and dynamic live performances.

Harley Streten aka Australian electronic producer FLUME is making his Forbidden Fruit debut at this year’s festival to coincide with the release of his much anticipated second album “Skin”. With an array of remixes under his belt, including the likes of Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire and Disclosure.

Ever expanding London collective JUNGLE will be bringing their funk and soul to the grounds of Kilmainham for an exclusive 2016 Irish performance. With their Mercury nominated debut album, massive hit single Busy Earnin’ and a serious live reputation, we can’t wait to see this gang do their thing.

Berlin based duo TALE OF US with make their first ever Irish festival appearance this year. Winners of Mixmag “DJ of the year 2015”.

KIASMOS, the duo will be making their first Forbidden Fruit performance this year. Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup making their biggest Dublin appearance to date.

Due to popular demand, Forbidden Fruit favourites and masters of electronic music GROOVE ARMADA will be joining us for an epic DJ set with dance floor fillers such as ‘Superstylin’ and ‘I See You Baby’ off the back of their monster performance last year.

Brooklyn based three pieces, BATTLES will unleash their experimental rock at this year’s festival and we’ve got Swedish house producer HNNY, a fan of sampling vocals from R&B songs, he’s sampled the likes of Mariah Carey and Leona Lewis.

TIGA brings his new live show this year, following the release of his first artist album in seven years (release date March 4th) with collaborations from Hudson Mohawke, Matthew Dear and Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears. One of the ‘world’s best mixers’ he’s remixed for the likes of Depeche Mode, The Vests, Moby, LCD Soundsystem, Mylo and countless others.

One of the fastest rising stars right now, Scottish DJ JACKMASTER will be on the Forbidden Fruit bill for the first time. Few can keep a crowd’s energy going the way he instinctively does.

BBC Radio one resident GEORGE FITZGERALD appears this year off the back of his very successful debut album. His music has been described as deep house meets dreamy electronica. His debut album “Fading Love” was described by the Observer as “an intimate and beautifully textured record”. He has released remixes for Jessie Ware and Jon Hopkins.

The unmissable prodigy that is MAYA JANE COLES, who created massive waves with her 2013 debut album “Comfort”, and has been on a meteoric rise ever since.

English duo BONDAX, have garnered huge support from BBC Radio 1 from the start of their musical career. Dazed magazine described the band’s sound as “the aural equivalent of sipping an ice-cold Pimms on the balcony of your council estate flat”.

From Germany, deep house duo ÂME (LIVE) is inspired by the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock as they make Detroit-influenced deep house and music with soul.

Newbridge boy Niall Darcy will be gracing us with one of his special extended sets at this year’s festival under his stage name DJ DEECE. The Hidden Agenda resident has just kicked off his self-titled Deece Series with some brilliant extended sets and guest international acts joining him.

 

This is just a taster of what’s to come. So stay tuned for more top quality acts to be announced for this three-day extravaganza. Plus, we’ll be announcing full details on the awesome Forbidden Fruit Nights.

Weekend tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 10th February from €99.50 inc booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

www.ticketmaster.ie/Ph 0818 719300

Prices include booking fee but subject to service charges.

Subject to licence / Over 18’s event

www.forbiddenfruit.ie | Facebook @forbiddenfruitfestival

Twitter @forbiddenffest

For more information contact Stef at We Are RedHead

stef@weareredhead.com / +353861594764

Black Bank Folk Album & Live Show!

BLACK BANK FOLK

Album Rising out 26th February

Live Show, Saturday 5th March, Liberty Hall, Dublin

An original 1916 Rising concept album by Black Bank Folk, featuring special guests Damien Dempsey, Paddy Casey, Gavin Glass, Grace O’Malley and Jem Mitchell.

Black Bank Folk are a compelling new addition to the Irish music scene. On the face of it they are a brand new act but in reality, their 2016 emergence has been several years in the making. The band’s debut album Rising, launching in Liberty Hall on 5th March, sprang out of founding members John Colbert and James Sheeran’s musical upbringings and the former’s interest in investigating his great uncle Con Colbert’s role as a leader in 1916.

Black Bank Folk aim to tell stories through their music, their album Rising aims to highlight some of the lesser known stories of the 1916 Easter rising. Staying away from the well known political themes the band hope to give a more human account of a major event in Irish history, piecing together individual accounts and investigating universal themes of hope, loss, love, celebration and sacrifice.

One special track on the album titled Brother, tells the story of how Willie Pearse idolised and was devoted to his brother Padraig as he became more politically extreme from 1912. During Easter week 1916, he never left his brothers side in the GPO and although there have been claims that Willie never held a gun, he was sentenced to death for his part and relationship to Padraig. Here’s a snippet of the story behind Brother

The album delves into the human stories of the revolution. It explores themes of suppression, love, bravery, disillusionment and the realisations of shifting realities for all those affected by the fight. It allows us to consider historical figures as everyday people, whether they be Irish leaders, British soldiers, revolutionary women or children in a time of war. Aided by a powerful performance from Damien Dempsey on a song he wrote for the album called ‘Aunt Jennie’. From research into his ancestry, he discovered his great grandaunt Jane (Jennie) Shanahan who took part in the Easter Rising and inspired by her involvement he wanted to pay tribute to her with this song. The album also includes guest vocals from Paddy Casey, Grace O’Malley and Jem Mitchell the record promises much, there is something here for all.

On Saturday 5th March, their very special live show will centre on an evening of original music inspired by the men, women and events of 1916. Rising by Black Bank Folk, featuring some of Ireland’s foremost traditional musicians and guest vocalists on the night. Black Bank Folk perform original songs that delve into some of the unvisited stories of one of Irish history’s most celebrated and debated events amidst a unique atmosphere, greatly enhanced by special performances from John Sheehan, Paddy Casey, Grace O’Malley, Jem Mitchell and Dublin poet Stephen James Smith.

 

Live Show, Saturday 5th March, Liberty Hall, Dublin

Tickets €15 and can be purchased online here

https://www.ctb.ie/tickets/ctb/indexframes.htm

Or phone Liberty Hall Theatre Box Office

Tel: 01-8794333

 

For more information on Black Bank Folk check out their website

www.blackbankfolk.com

 

Check out the Black Bank Folk YouTube channel for some behind the scenes videos

Black Bank Folk YouTube Channel

 

Black Bank Folk Facebook Page

Twitter @BlackBankFolk

 

For media enquiries please contact Stef @ We Are RedHead

stef@weareredhead.com / 086 1594764