Some of Ireland’s finest contemporary musicians – led by Bell X1’s Paul Noonan and Lisa Hannigan – come to London.
Paul Noonan, who has helped to curate this evening, holds a unique territory in the Irish rock landscape – as lead singer of Bell X1 he has been a household name for almost 20 years and remains keenly relevant to this day. He’s joined by a host of artists, including the Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, Saint Sister, whose music draws from Celtic harp traditions and electronica, and the Domino Records signee Seamus Fogarty.
Also on the bill will be the Cork-raised but Deep South-sounding Brian Deady, Loah, who grew up between Ireland and West Africa, and Northside Dublin MC Mango Dassle. Then there’s Stephen James Smith, central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today, the atmospheric alt-Folk of Maria Kelly and a new piece for strings and electronics by J Colleran (AKA MMOTHS), premiered by the Crash Ensemble.
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Review: Imagining Ireland @ Barbican Centre (London; Monday 5th March 208)
On Monday 5th March, a rather interesting group of musicians came together on the Barbican stage to present Imagining Ireland, a showcase, or – as Serious and The National Concert Hall presented it – a snapshot, of Irish music today. The first half of the evening began quite safely, with…
, Crash Ensemble
, Lisa Hannigan
, Maria Kelly
, MC Mango
, Paul Noonan
, Saint Sister
, Seamus Fogarty