French-Algerian guitar player, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan returns to Ireland this November for a thirteen-date tour of new music from his tenth solo album Vividly which is being released this month.
Since his first album, Près de Paris, in 1975, Bensusan’s playing has earned him much acclaim, including the Grand Prix du Disque at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland for that debut album.
Lyrics on the new album, sung in French and English, are mostly by Bensusan’s wife, Doatea Cornu Bensusan.
In addition to citing influences such as Martin Carthy and Jimi Hendrix, Bensusan has mentioned Planxty as inspiration and attributes an element of his style to traditional Irish music.
The tour dates are:
1 November The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
2 November Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare
3 November Áras Inis Gluaire Arts Centre, Belmullet, Co. Mayo
4 November The Roisín Dubh, Galway
5 November The Grain Store, Shanagarry, Co. Cork
6 November Kilworth Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork
7 November St John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry
8 November Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
9 November The Dublin Unitarian Church, Dublin 2
10 November Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
11 November Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Published on 24 October 2012